Sunlovers Slab

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Sport
Sun and Shade
13 mins
Downhill

The Sunlovers Slab is an isolated, leaning boulder perched next to the sea. The rock is solid, and the climbs feature steep starts followed immediately by delicate slab climbing above. The slab, as its name suggests, gets plenty of sun and is next to the sea and convenient for a dip.
Approach - Drive through Easton towards Southwell to the Church Ope car park. Walk back up the road for 50m and at the tiny Portland Museum turn right onto Church Ope Road. Follow the road under an arch and down to a flat area with some benches. From here, walk right, down the path towards Church Ope Cove. A little way down cut left along the seaside path for around 400m until level with the far end of The Cuttings (set back up the hill). Locate a white guano-stained rock on the edge of the sea, the Sunlovers Slab is around 50m to its right. Walk and scramble down to the base of the slab.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Come on Eileen
Start on the far left of the block and pull up and right with difficulty on to the slab. Finish more easily.
 
1 Stars
6a+
2
Grand Tour
Gain the slab as for Come on Eileen, and traverse the block, finishing at the top of The Portland Crowd. It is probably wise to...
 
1 Stars
6a+
3
Boys Will be Girls
Cross the steepest part of the roof to powerful, fingery moves over the lip. Delicate slab climbing follows.
 
1 Stars
6c+
4
Shockwave
Enjoyable moves through a weakness in the left-hand side of the scoop in the roof. Pull on to the slab using cherty nodules.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
5c
5
Sunlover
Another good pitch pulling through the steep section and onto the slab. Similar to Shockwave.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
5a
6
The Portland Crowd
The right-hand side of the scoop in the roof. The steep lower wall giving good climbing, but the best holds are not obvious.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
5a