THE PROMENADE


In recent times The Promenade has been re-equipped and a significant number of new lines have been forced through some impressive ground. These two events have pushed the area to the forefront of development at Swanage and it is now the best place to go for those after mid to high-grade sport climbing. The Promenade is the first of the sport climbing areas at Swanage reached when approaching from Durlston Country Park. This is one of the best steep roof and wall areas at Swanage with many superb power-packed pitches. Nearly all the routes overhang and range from monstrous roof climbs to the more continuous stamina tests on the occasional leaning wall. There is also a number of good traditional routes that should not be ignored. Unfortunately there are only a few routes below E3/6b+ since the rock is so steep. Most of the climbs are strenuous with very few pockets but lots of edges and incuts. The Promenade is destined to become the most popular sport crag in the area for those with “the Guns” needed to tackle the obviously high quality challenges of the crag. There is also some good bouldering that includes some great traverses. Conditions are often favourable in this area as the severely overhanging nature of the rock keeps many of the routes dry, and numerous east and west facing buttresses mean that sun and shade can be found in about equal measure. The big flat belay ledges at the base of the crag are another of The Promenade’s enticing features.

Routes

29 trad routes (S...E6)
72 sport routes (6a...8a+)
7 boulder problems (V5...V10)
1 dws route (E1)
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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Benny Area
The far western end of The Promenade is a fine section of cliff that has high quality, well-bolted...
22
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
Dry in the Rain
354
Total Seizure Area
The best section of the Promenade for spectacular climbing out over the sea. The routes are all...
12
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
Dry in the Rain
356
Tensile Groove Test Area
A popular section of the cliff that has a trio of good trad lines, along with some powerful roof...
16
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
Dry in the Rain
357
Ride the Lightning Area
This deep recess has been developed mainly as a bouldering area. The problems here are short,...
14
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
358
Becalmed Area
This section of cliff provides a welcome respite from the very hard routes encountered on The...
18
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
359
The Futurist Area
The final section of The Promenade contains more of the same - big steep roof routes with powerful...
27
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
Dry in the Rain
360
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  • Latest Comments

    For THE PROMENADE

    Atonement
    "The large loose and dangerous resting jug/block has been removed from the top s..." 14/May

    The Calling
    "The bolt under the roof looks rusty from the ground but it's a solid stainless j..." 18/Apr

    Rise of the Robots
    "I think it's 7b+ but when I tryed it recently It felt hard again. So maybe it wa..." 26/Jan top50

    Titter Ye Not Mrs!
    "joel 'the route destroyer' perry pulled a rather large finishin pinch off just b..." 19/Aug

    The Futurist 2002
    "the hanger has fallen off one of expansion bolts higher up. but there is an easy..." 18/Aug

    Grossville
    "done! Amazing!" 17/Aug

    Grossville
    "rebolted with with glue ins. shares the same first bolt as spacewalk. a very goo..." 22/Jun

    Boiling Point
    "The second bolt needs replacing- it can be partially removed by hand." 14/Jun

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