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
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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
364
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
365
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
366
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
367
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
368
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  • Latest Comments

    For CATTLE TROUGHS

    Isis
    "18/4/14 - BE BLOODY CAREFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure that if you do this rout..." 09/May

    Isis
    "**** WARNING **** THIS CLIMB IS WRONGLY DESCRIBED IN BOTH TEXT AND TOPO IN THE 2..." 21/Apr

    The Coral Prison
    "The difficulties are short lived, though less short if you go up and right a bit..." 06/Jun

    Bunney's Wall
    "First 2-3 moves are tricky, and no gear for about 10ft. After that the holds are..." 21/Jun

    Varina
    "Went to check this out for the new CC guide, expecting a bit of a death trap aft..." 14/Sep

    Pulpit Route
    "Quite a large bit of rock has fallen from the top section in the last month, lea..." 11/May top50

    Zoolookologie
    "Really good route, but the thread isn't in too good nick now (march 09). Good g..." 16/Mar

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