Sports and activities


Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck is a very popular area for climbing with many different climbs from Hard to E7 along the cliffs, many are often busy in the summer months and are often used buy school groups. 

The best way to find the easiest route to any of the climbs in the area is to buy a ordinance survey map, OS Outdoor Leisure 15, which you can obtain from most good outdoor shops.

Gear is required for 90% of climbs at Swanage although a few bolted routes are available.

Below are some of the more popular area to climb:

This has to be the most popular crag on the South Coast. Park at Durlston (OS SZ031773) and head down towards the lighthouse, and the crag is down the grass slope just to the West.

Dancing Ledge:
Walk south from Tom’s field at Langton (OS SY997785) on a sign-posted path to Dancing Ledge which is a large quarry with filled in caves. Most climbs are on the back wall of the quarry and are fully bolted with lower off points.

Below are links to some climbing related sites, many have very good sections on the climbs in Swanage

[w] a href=""> - Everything that you need to know about climbing in the UK
[w] The British Mountaineering Council

If you have climbed in the area and would like to add your favourite routes or pictures to this page please contact us.



Langton Matravers
Attraction - 1.29 miles away

Worth Matravers
Attraction - 1.57 miles away

Townsend Nature Reserve
Attraction - 1.86 miles away

Anvil Point Lighthouse
Attraction - 1.95 miles away

Recycling Facilities
Attraction - 2.02 miles away

Tilly Whim Caves
Attraction - 2.07 miles away

Golf and Pitch & Putt
Attraction - 2.12 miles away

King Georges Playing Field
Attraction - 2.13 miles away

Durlston Country Park
Attraction - 2.15 miles away