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Climb the limestone crags of the Swanage Coast

A Weekend of Rock Climbing in the beautiful setting of the Jurassic Coast


Price: £160 pp


Duration: Two days, one night





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Start Point: Swanage, Dorset


a tree beyoind a wall in Dorset


The Plan

Being only a short journey from London, Dorset is one of the finest and closest climbing destinations to the south east. The Limestone cliffs of the Swanage coast stretch for some 3 miles and offer a bewildering array of climbing routes. Coastal scenery and routes are spectacular and with some of the driest and warmest climates in the UK, Dorset is one of the most consistent year round climbing venues. All routes are bolted with good stainless resin anchors and lower off points, making climbing safe and enjoyable. Whether you are a seasoned high climbing professional, a self-taught enthusiast or a complete beginner, Dorset has plenty to get your teeth into.

From our base in Swanage we will Find our feet at Dancing Ledge, which offers a variety of routes from small safe climbs, to some formidable and more challenging sea cliff climbs. Think spectacular scenery, craggy rocks and crashing waves alongside some exhilarating climbing. We will then explore climbing in a variety of local beauty spots, such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, and the lagoons and caves of Winspit Cove.

The highly qualified and experienced instructors will deliver the course in a relaxed fashion giving you the skills to climb the gritstone edges safely and confidently. The skills taught during this course are:

  • Belaying
  • Knot tying
  • Use of correct equipment
  • Injury prevention
  • Movement Skills
  • Climbing techniques

A picnic lunch will be taken near the rock face on Saturday with an evening barbecue at the campsite on Saturday night. On Sunday, after our morning session we will enjoy a pastie and a pint at the famous Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers after a bracing walk along the stunning coastal path.


The Climbing

Some indoor climbing experience is required, but no outdoor climbing experience is necessary. Beginners welcome.


What's included

  • All climbing equipment except climbing shoes.
  • All camping equipment, including our Tipi for socialising and tents for sleeping in.
  • All meals, so picnic lunch and supper on Saturday, campsite breakfast and pub lunch on Sunday. Drinks not included.

What to bring and what to wear

  • Climbing shoes if you have them. If not a pair of grippy trainers is fine.
  • Comfortable active wear for climbing. Warm jumper and hat for the evening. Waterproof jacket.
  • Overnight bag.
  • Water bottle.



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