Learn more about the Isle of Purbeck

in Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck

Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck are popular areas for climbing, with many different climbs from Hard to E7 along the cliffs; many are often busy in the summer months and often used by school groups.

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site that stretches 95 miles along the southern coast of England and is home to some of the best rock climbing in the country.

The cliffs between Swanage and Kimmeridge, in particular, offer a wide range of climbing experiences for climbers of all levels, from beginners to experienced climbers. The cliffs here are made of Portland and Purbeck Limestone and provide challenging routes with diverse climbing styles. The area is also known for its stunning views of the coastline, making for a truly unique climbing experience.

Experienced climbers will find plenty of challenging routes to test their skills.

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

Climbing in the Jurassic Coast is not only a thrilling activity but also a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area. The cliffs here are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and offer breathtaking views of the coastline. It is also a great way to improve your physical fitness, build strength and confidence, and challenge yourself in a new way.

Please note that climbing can be dangerous, and it is essential that you follow safety guidelines and regulations. It is also important to be aware of tide times, as some routes are only accessible at certain times of the day. Always check the weather forecast and make sure you are properly equipped before heading out.

We hope you enjoy your climbing experience on the Jurassic Coast. Happy climbing!

Below are some of the more popular areas 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, a large quarry filled with 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

www.ukclimbing.com - Everything that you need to know about climbing in the UK
www.thebmc.co.uk The British Mountaineering Council



Spyway Dinosaur Footprints
Attraction - 1.00 miles away

Langton Matravers
Attraction - 1.29 miles away

Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre
Attraction - 1.32 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