Altitude 27m a.s.l
Portland Bouldering © Tommy Harris
The sprawling mass of boulders under the Cuttings cliffs provides an interesting and varied (if a little esoteric) bouldering venue. The development of the Cuttings Boulderfield coincided with the first commercially available bouldering mats and it is hard to imagine bouldering here without one. The high concentration of problems and generally smooth rock suit both circuits and sessioning. A bouldering mat is essential since the landings, whilst not overtly dangerous, tend to be rocky. The boulders are generally small in stature and sit-starts are the norm. The boulderfield can be conveniently divided into two main sectors - north and south. The southern sector sits below the ruined Rufus Castle and the New Cuttings. The northern sector extends beyond The Cuttings cliff. A continuous path links sectors and is referred to in this guide as the Main Boulderfield Path. Another path hugs the coastline around the perimeter of the boulderfield and we have referred to this as the coastal path. For those unfamiliar with the Boulderfield navigation can be difficult. It is best to stick to paths whenever possible. When going 'off-piste' the extensive areas of scree should be preferred over vegetated areas - the brambles and thorns are plentiful and unforgiving.
Drive through Easton towards Southwell to the Church Ope car park. Walk back up the road for 50m, and at the tiny Portland Museum, turn right onto Church Ope Road. Follow the road under an arch to a viewpoint - a flat area with some benches directly under Rufus Castle. From here, follow the approach to either the northern or southern sectors.
An alternative and popular approach is to use the often muddy track to the right of Mermaid House. This leads in turn to the wide track overlooking the Boulderfield - turn left for the northern sector or right for the southern sector.
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