COASTGUARD SOUTH


The Coastguard Cliffs run south towards the Bill of Portland and possess a wealth of excellent routes set in a remote and beautiful environment. Unlike much of the rest of the west coast of Portland, the Coastguard Cliffs have an authentic sea-cliff feel about them, with all that this entails - tidal approaches, slippery boulders and the constant accompaniment of the sea close by.
Coastguard South offers more in the mid-grades, including the very popular Xavier's Wall Area - home to a great spread of mid-grade routes. The rock at both the North and South Cliffs is some of the best on the Isle, and is furnished with some fantastic flowstone-sheets.

Routes

2 trad route (E3)
2 sport route (6c)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Manhattan Skyline Area
This excellent area is easy to reach and has some great rock. Sadly the central section fell down...
17
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

15 mins

Tidal
Xavier's Wall Area
A fine wall with a handful of the best lower 6s on the Isle, plus a few steep lines through...
12
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

17 mins

Tidal
Bad Moon Rising Area
Lots of long, sustained wall climbs and some mean roofs are the main ingredients of this section of...
15
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

18 mins

Tidal
Quick as Rainbows Area
A magnificent wall of immaculate flowstone. It sometimes suffers from seepage, can be dusty and is...
16
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

20 mins

Tidal
Azymuth Area
The final batch of routes on Coastguard South is on a superb steep buttress.
8
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

20 mins

Tidal
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