The Block

Adjacent Areas
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Sport
Sun and Shade
18 mins
Downhill

The Block is the huge detached lump of rock that stands in front of the Battleship Back Cliff itself. The short and slabby landward facing side of the The Block has some very popular routes which are useful for shade on summer afternoons or sun on cool summer mornings. The seaward face of the block has a small number of lines.
Approach - Following a huge landslip in 2014 the old Battleship Edge approach is no longer possible. Instead the southern approach above the Veranda Cliff must be used. Drive through Weston to a small roundabout and turn right into Reap Lane. Park near the second traffic calming installation. Follow a wide track behind houses and go right at the crossroads. Follow the track past farm buildings to the cliff top path. At the cliff edge slightly to the left is a grassy gully. Descend this with care to a grassy terrace above the Veranda Cliff. Follow this north (right looking out) towards the distinctive and massive Battleship Block.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
U-143
9m. The southern sharp arete of the block is started via the crack. This line will not be bolted.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVS 5a
2
Coming Unstuck
A testing series of moves on tiny pockets single out this line that is short on length, but great in difficulty.
9 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6a+
3
Braer Rabbit
A shallow groove is a touch polished.
6 user comments
 4a
4
This is This
A very pleasant introduction to slab climbing.
6 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
4c
5
Wake Up, Time to Die
A bit short on bolts at the bottom. A large hex or nut may be needed by some to protect the easy bottom section.
6 user comments
 
1 Stars
6a+
6
No Smears Here
The line right of Wake Up, Time to Die is pretty tough.
 
1 Stars
Technical
6a+
7
Like a Drowning Man
The grade depends on where you climb - left of the bolts is 5, the layback seam is 4.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
4a
8
Hang Onto Your Ego
The second bolt is a tricky clip for shorties. A very thin, slabby number.
5 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
6b
9
She's Going Down
A good test of your off-vertical ability.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6b+
10
Listing Badly
A wicked test of technique that has seen some tears over the years.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6c+
11
I'm Doing it Anyway
The flake-crack is a slick favourite that requires good footwork and technique on the polished holds to guarantee a tick.
14 user comments
 
1 Stars
4a
12
Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner
The arete on the right-hand end of The Block.
2 user comments
 
Technical
4c
13
Another Stone on the Pile of Choss
Walk down to the base of the highest section of the face. The steep, undercut arete is a touch loose at the bottom, but solid...
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
Strong
6c+
14
Welcome to the Gravity Program
The wall and arete 5m right of Another Stone on the Pile of Choss.
1 user comment
 6c
15
She's Dancing Tonight
Climb the exposed groove just right of the far arete of the ledge. There is a belay staple on the back wall.
2 user comments
 5a
16
Small is Beautiful
Climbs the main corner of the ledge. There is a belay staple on the wall to the right.
 6b
17
Tiny Goddess
Layback the seaward side of the southern arete. Exposed, photogenic and high in its grade.
2 user comments
 
Technical
5a