CATTLE TROUGHS


The Cattle Troughs routes are easy to reach and have generally sound rock. However, gear can be a bit sparse on some climbs and it is a dangerous venue in rough, or even moderate, seas. The Cattle Troughs Area is popular with novices and beginners, although for a first taste of Swanage, Subluminal may be a better bet.
The Unknown and Flake Ledges are very quiet venues that have a number of interesting and varied climbs spanning the grades. Amphitheatre Ledge Area has some quality harder climbs on reasonably good rock, whilst the slabs and short friendly walls of the Hangover and Isis Areas are favourites with those looking for good easier and mid-grade routes.

Routes

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
Unknown Ledge
Unknown Ledge is a little-visited section of Swanage. The climbs are steep, strenuous and single...
7
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

25 mins

Abseil
Flake Ledge
An appealing cliff with a handful of reasonable climbs that take on some exposed and exciting...
3
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

25 mins

Abseil
Hangover Area
The cliff-line at Cattle Troughs comprises two semi-circular amphitheatres with a broken ledge...
9
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

25 mins

Abseil
Isis Area
Around the corner lies the second hollow, known as The Pulpit Amphitheatre. All the routes finish...
7
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

25 mins

Abseil
Amphitheatre Ledge
Amphitheatre Ledge is a quiet and secluded area that deserves more traffic. The climbing is...
10
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

25 mins

Abseil
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