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 likelihood of having to queue.

Routes

126 trad routes (S...E6)
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
Lean Machine Wall
The furthest west area of the Boulder Ruckle is a very secluded section of the cliff, and its base...
8
Trad
Lots of sun!
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
Lots of sun!
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
Lots of sun!
Up and down

20 mins

Abseil
Restricted Access
Relax and Swing Area
An intimidating section of cliff that sports lots of large overhangs, both at the bottom and top of...
9
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

20 mins

Abseil
Restricted Access
The Grim Reaper Area
This section of the Boulder Ruckle has its fair share of loose rock and is rarely climbed on.
7
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

15 mins

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

15 mins

Abseil
Marmolata Area - Left
This and the neighbouring Lightning Wall Area are the most popular sections of the Boulder Ruckle....
12
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

15 mins

Abseil
Marmolata Area
These routes are on the Marmolata Buttress itself and are all high quality, multi-pitch climbs on...
4
Trad
Lots of sun!
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...
8
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

15 mins

Abseil
Lightning Wall Area - Right
The right-hand section of the area is a fine section of cliff that is tidal towards its eastern...
9
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

15 mins

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

10 mins

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

10 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Restricted Access
Airy Legs Area
The furthest east section of the Boulder Ruckle runs into Subluminal and combines the seriousness...
12
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

10 mins

Abseil
Restricted Access
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  • Latest Comments

    For BOULDER RUCKLE

    Jo
    "I've only just started getting into Swanage HVS and thought that this was a fant..." 25/May top50

    Old Faithful
    "Lovely route, and very steep - my second dropped a karabiner from the very last ..." 18/Aug top50

    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

    The Tool
    "Doing it one pitch would avoid any confusion with the rockfax diagram showing th..." 06/Sep

    Bottomless Buttress
    "Second pitch only has around 5 metres of decent climbing, after this it is very ..." 31/May

    The Planet
    "Climbed this today starting up the corner with ironstone flakes just left of the..." 15/May

    Flying Finish
    "Two hard bits, one on each pitch, both well-protected but steep and strenuous, s..." 20/Apr

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