CUTTINGS BOULDERFIELD


The sprawling mass of boulders under the Cuttings cliffs provides an interesting and varied (if a little esoteric) bouldering venue. The development of the Cuttings Boulderfield coincided with the first commercially available bouldering mats and it is hard to imagine bouldering here without one.
The high concentration of problems and generally smooth rock suit both circuits and sessioning. A bouldering mat is essential since the landings, whilst not overtly dangerous, tend to be rocky. The boulders are generally small in stature and sit-starts are the norm.
The boulderfield can be conveniently divided into two main sectors - north and south. The southern sector sits below the ruined Rufus Castle and the New Cuttings. The northern sector extends beyond The Cuttings cliff. A continuous path links sectors and is referred to in this guide as the Main Boulderfield Path. Another path hugs the coastline around the perimeter of the boulderfield and we have referred to this as the coastal path.
For those unfamiliar with the Boulderfield navigation can be difficult. It is best to stick to paths whenever possible. When going 'off-piste' the extensive areas of scree should be preferred over vegetated areas - the brambles and thorns are plentiful and unforgiving.
The areas in the southern sector of the Boulderfield are fewer, smaller and usually quieter than the northern sector. Consequently the approach paths are less trodden and some searching may be required for the more hidden problems. The highlights are The Highball Wall and the Rainy Day Roof, but there is plenty of variety and many of the other boulders are worth seeking out.
The northern sector of The Cuttings Boulderfield is more established, more extensive and more frequented than the southern. This is where well-known problems such as Nu Breed, Lightning Strike and Liquid Sunshine are found. The northern sector is subdivided into seven reasonably distinct areas as shown on the map opposite.

Routes

500 boulder problems (f3...f8A)
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
Church Ope Problems
A scattered collection of problems in the vicinity of Church Ope Cove.
15
Bouldering
No sun
Downhill

5 mins

sheltered
Southern Boulders
This hard to find group of boulders provides some varied problems and is worth a visit especially...
35
Bouldering
Morning sun
Level

8 mins

Central Ridge Boulders
Situated on a ridge directly below the New Cuttings is a group of boulders with a good selection of...
45
Bouldering
Early morning sun
Up and down

10 mins

Topside and Bottomside
Topside is usually the first area in the Boulderfield visited by newcomers. Access is relatively...
60
Bouldering
Sun and shade
Level

10 mins

Block Road Area
A fine collection of boulders providing the highest concentration of worthwhile problems in the...
74
Bouldering
No sun
Level

11 mins

Under Bower Area
No description as yet.
21
Bouldering
Sun and shade
Level

13 mins

The Congo
No description as yet.
25
Bouldering
Sun and shade
Level

17 mins

Upper Stone Hut Area
A fine collection of boulders with a wide variety of problems including the hardest in the...
101
Bouldering
Lots of sun!
Level

12 mins

Lower Stone Hut Area
An isolated trio of boulders near the Lower Stone Hut.
16
Bouldering
Sun and shade
Level

16 mins

Windy
Glitter Gulch
Glitter Gulch is the vegetated valley leading from below the Bower to the sea near the Lower Stone...
90
Bouldering
Early morning sun
Up and down

13 mins

East Weares Beach
Close to the sport climbing venue of the Sunlovers Slab is an interesting group of beach-level...
5
Bouldering
Early morning sun
Downhill

20 mins

The White Tower
A fine, tall slab found on the boulder beach a few minutes south of the Lower Stone Hut area.
13
Bouldering
Sun and shade
Downhill

17 mins

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  • Latest Comments

    For CUTTINGS BOULDERFIELD

    The Landman Project
    "A really good problem. Enjoyed working it and gradually homing in on the sequenc..." 12/Mar

    Streamline
    "I'm not sure that it was climbed sometime ago..." 02/Dec top50

    Streamline
    "sorry make that to the right of streamline...." 28/Nov top50

    Pinky Power
    "i used an undercut for the left hand which apparantly is not the original method..." 06/Apr

    Southern Soul
    "i did a direct line up this, from two crimps by the big hole.. up to the lip and..." 25/Oct

    Relativity
    "seems to have lost a large flaky hold off the face since I last did it a couple ..." 08/Aug top50

    Six Feet Under
    "what's the gun symbol for?" 30/Jun

    The Crack
    "I did this from sit start the other day. Its just a massive stretch to the first..." 18/Apr top50

    Rain Dodging
    "very reach specific felt more like v4 to me but great little problem" 26/Mar

    Acid House
    "excellent problem - shame it's a pain in the backside to get to..." 10/Mar

    Porno
    "Yep sorry Ben, this sounds like the start to Hard Porn (which was done in 2003)...." 04/Feb

    Napalm
    "V1 with the sit start. MY ARSE! maybe some of the ground has been washed away!" 04/Feb

    Porno
    "another "new problem" thats probably been done before but here goes......" 14/Jan

    Lightning Strike
    "BETA ALERT: Use a heel(R) on the sloper on the lip and a toe hook/heel under the..." 30/Nov top50

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