BOULDER RUCKLE


The white and yellow striped walls of the Boulder Ruckle make up the showpiece crag of Swanage. The Ruckle, as it is affectionately known, runs westwards from Subluminal, unbroken for over a kilometre and, at over forty metres in height, it offers fear, exhilaration and many sensationally-positioned routes. The grade range of Severe to E6 means that it will appeal to most, however, with the seriousness of the free-hanging approach abseils, the awkward escape routes and the broken finishes, it becomes a less attractive option for inexperienced teams. Nevertheless, for those in search of an adventurous mission, don a helmet, dust off the prusik loops and prepare to do battle on some fine atmospheric classics with little liklihood of having to queue.
The walls of The Ruckle are especially good for those operating in the HVS to E3 range. Fortunately, protection possibilities are usually in good supply with the unrelenting steepness of the rock accounting for the grade on most climbs, rather than any great technical difficulty or terrifying bold run-outs.

Routes

1 trad route (E1)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Lean Machine Wall
The furthest west area of the Boulder Ruckle is a very secluded section of the cliff, and its base...
8
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

20 mins

Abseil
Ocean Boulevard Wall
A fine, leaning wall composed of mostly excellent rock that is home to a number of Swanage's finest...
13
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

20 mins

Abseil
Aventura Area
An intimidating section of cliff that features numerous roofs and corners and is home to the...
10
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

20 mins

Abseil
Relax and Swing Area
An intimidating section of cliff that sports lots of large overhangs, both at the bottom and top of...
9
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

20 mins

Abseil
The Grim Reaper Area
This section of the Boulder Ruckle has its fair share of loose rock and is rarely climbed...
7
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

15 mins

Abseil
Buccaneer Area
A fine sector, which has some superb corner and roof climbs, pride of place being that taken by the...
11
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

15 mins

Abseil
Marmolata Area
This and the neighbouring Lightning Wall Area are the most popular sections of the Boulder Ruckle....
16
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

15 mins

Abseil
Lightning Wall Area
This is one of the most popular sections of Swanage, and not just because it is close to the car...
17
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

15 mins

Abseil
Old Faithful Area
A fantastic section of the Boulder Ruckle which is peppered with some awesome lines that have...
11
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

10 mins

Abseil
Behemoth Area
The left-hand side of this area is a tall and steep section of the cliff that has some striking...
12
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

10 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Airy Legs Area
The furthest east section of the Boulder Ruckle runs into Subluminal and combines the seriousness...
12
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

10 mins

Abseil
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  • Latest Comments

    For BOULDER RUCKLE

    Director's Groove
    "This is an ok route, the first pitch crux is hard - I ended up climbing to the r..." 26/Apr

    Snowdrop
    "Did this again yesterday. No stake at the top (used a rock belay and the stake ..." 25/Aug

    Jo
    "I've only just started getting into Swanage HVS and thought that this was a fant..." 25/May

    Old Faithful
    "Lovely route, and very steep - my second dropped a karabiner from the very last ..." 18/Aug

    Finale Groove
    "Just as good as I remember" 25/Jul top50

    The Grim Reaper
    "Had an epic on P2 after Mark led P1 to the rightly described scary stance. After..." 11/Jun

    Jericho Groove
    "Good little route well worth doing" 28/Oct

    Sun King
    "Good technical climbing but nothing really hard, just quite balancey. Fairly bo..." 19/Sep

    Mother Africa
    "quite a committing series of moves to get on the ledge, gain the crack and then ..." 17/Jul top50

    Finale Groove
    "What a great route, somewhat intimidating but once you get on it the holds keep ..." 07/Apr top50

    Sweet SA
    "Got back on this again and after going too far up the corner on the first pitch ..." 16/Oct

    Silhouette Arete
    "Second pitch is fantastic. I bridged up a couple of moves, got some good gear in..." 10/Oct

    Sun Streets
    "Well worth doing. Nice technical crux on first pitch which I actually thought wa..." 25/Sep

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