BLACKERS HOLE


Blackers Hole contains some of the greatest challenges available to climbers along Britain's south coast, and for most, the view of the Great Cave's twenty five metre roof comes as a shock to the system on first acquaintance. This vast cavern provides the setting for cutting edge routes such as Infinite Gravity and Endeavour. Further east the cave gives way to slightly less-steep territory on its left-hand side, but the base changes from boulders to sea, making access difficult and the climbs even more adventurous. It is here that a number of long and difficult trad adventures wend their way, with the likes of Polaris and The Aquatic Ape being amongst Swanage's most serious undertakings. However, there is more on offer here, in the shape of roof-based sport routes in the quarry, and some secluded (though accessible) trad routes on the shorter walls to the east of the Great Cave.

Routes

2 trad routes (E1...E5)
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
Polaris Area
Left of the great cave are some very impressive trad routes. All bar one are centred on a huge...
9
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

45 mins

Abseil
Tidal
The Great Cave
The collection of awe-inspiring routes in the Great Cave are some of the most overhanging climbs in...
12
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

45 mins

Tidal
The Quarry
A worthwhile spot for some sheltered fun on sport roofs, plus one good trad line. The bolts on the...
9
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

45 mins

sheltered
Zig-Zag Area
The lower walls at Blackers Hole have a good mixture of routes, although most have unstable...
18
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

45 mins

Tidal
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