SUBLUMINAL


The western section of Subluminal is a very friendly sea cliff, which has a substantial collection of good, lower-grade trad routes in a largely un-intimidating environment.
This is a popular destination due to its ease of access, pleasant cliff-top ledges and sunny aspect - a fine place to climb, socialise and relax.
In contrast, just to the east, and directly below the lighthouse, is the Black Zawn with its exceptional set of routes that require both commitment and experience. Just viewing these from the zawn rim above is a dizzying experience.
Bracketing Black Zawn are some large cliffs that compliment the two main areas well. The Lighthouse Cliff has some long single pitch mid-to-high grade lines, whilst the Avernus Area holds a number of rarely-climbed steep and hard trad pitches.

Routes

8 dws routes (5a...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
Stroof Area
One of Swanage's busiest trad areas. The climbs are all steep but mostly have reasonable protection...
29
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

10 mins

Abseil
Freda Area
A popular and easily-accessed section of Subluminal that has some strong lines and sound rock....
19
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

10 mins

Abseil
Avernus Area
A more serious section of cliff than those to its west with a collection of hard, steep pitches...
14
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

10 mins

Abseil
Black Zawn
Black Zawn is an enclosed and highly atmospheric zawn with big, long routes that require abseil...
9
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

10 mins

Abseil
Lighthouse Cliff
The wall that lies directly beneath the lighthouse is hard to see from the land, but has some good...
12
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

10 mins

Abseil
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