Rock climbing courses in Swanage


The coastline of the Isle of Purbeck is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site – 180 million years of geological history where you can find yourself climbing next to large ammonite fossils. The short climbs at Subliminal begin from a comfortable ledge well above the sea and make an excellent introduction to the area, before you contemplate the 40m long, free hanging abseil into the adventurous climbing of Boulder Ruckle. Further along the coast, you will find Fisherman’s Ledge, home to Conner Cove and some of the best deep water soloing in Britain.

Dancing Ledge is a popular suntrap with sport climbing on its upper tier and a long, pumpy traverse along the natural, wave washed ampitheatre of its lower tier. Then there is more sport climbing at Winspit Quarry, where you can sleep in large caves by the sea after some fine cider in the Square and Compass. Further still along the coast, you discover the amazing rock architecture of Lulworth Cove’s natural harbour and Durdle Door’s beautiful arch, close to more fine deep water soloing in the relaxed spot of Stair Hole.