CATTLE TROUGHS


The Cattle Troughs Area is popular with novices and beginners although it is perhaps not quite as good a place to venture for your first taste of Swanage as Subluminal with its extensive flat and solid top and commodious belay ledges. 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. Amphitheatre Ledge Area has some quality harder climbs on some good rock, whilst the slabs and short friendly walls of the Hangover and Isis Areas are favourites with novices and those looking for good easier and mid-grade routes.

Routes

35 trad routes (D...E5)
1 sport route (8a+)
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
Lots of sun!
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
Lots of sun!
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
Lots of sun!
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
Lots of sun!
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
Lots of sun!
Up and down

25 mins

Abseil
Tidal
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