Rock climbing courses on Portland


Portland is joined to Dorset’s unique Jurassic Coast by a 29km long and 200m wide strip of pebbles called Chesil Beach. The 150 million year old limestone cliffs are one of Britain’s best sport climbing venues and you can explore a wide range of climbing for all abilities, where the well-placed bolts make it a fine place for you to get on the sharp end of the rope and lead your first sport climbs in a warm and sunny climate.

On the east coast, you can catch the morning sun in the Cuttings, with easy routes to get you started and plenty of hard climbs to get stuck into. Right down by the sea, you’ll find more easy climbs at Cheyne Wears, along with longer, steeper climbs to test your stamina. Beeston is a quiet area with some excellent flowstone and Cave Hole is a labyrinth of caves and tunnels with short and powerful routes.

Following the afternoon sun to the west coast, there are plenty of good climbs by the sea at Coastguard, whilst Wallsend is possibly the best cliff on Portland, with top quality climbs close to 30 metres in length. Battleship has more great climbing above grassy slopes and Blacknor is full of brilliant climbs at all grades, the easiest on huge boulders by the sea and the hardest on the main cliffs above.