Altitude 35m a.s.l
Steve Hau on Test Pilot (6a) at The Lost Valley. © Rob Kennard
Only minutes from the parking the Lost Valley is an extremely sheltered crag set within a deep inland ravine. The crag has now been extensively developed and contains a large number of routes, often of the technical variety, that will be of interest to teams looking for climbing in the low to mid-grades. A reliable spot with regard to conditions it is also perhaps the best place to head for if a full-on gale is blowing when all can be still in the depths of the trench that the crag lies in.
Park in the main Cheyne Weares car park which is clearly marked. From the car park, walk north for 150m (left when looking out), until a rocky ravine on the left is reached - this is the Lost Valley. Drop down a steep chute at the far end to gain the right-hand side of the cliff.
The Dorset Rockfax covers the superb sport and trad climbing in Portland, Swanage and Lulworth on the Dorset coast. This amazing area is one of the most popular sport climbing areas in the country with a huge number of routes across the grades and great appeal to climbers of all abilities. Thousands of brilliant routes and a relatively friendly climate mean that the area is always busy with climbers.
The 2021 edition of the Dorset Rockfax is the biggest Rockfax to date with 2700 routes on over 600 pages. It is a complete update of previous guides and released in print and digital at the same time. All the crags have been re-photographed using aerial photography and a new set of detailed maps created to make finding and choosing your chosen route even easier than ever.
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