THE PROMENADE


A popular and impressive sport climbing venue, The Promenade also has a handful of steep and powerful boulder problems for the really keen. It has been described in this book mainly for historical reasons. The first ascents of some of the problems were done in the early 1990s by Pete Oxley and pushed the grades in Dorset at the time. Unless you are confident scrambling down a 25m Diff with a bouldering mat on your back the approach involves an abseil, which takes much more effort than the average boulderer is accustomed to. For starters you need to bring a harness and a rope, which some boulderers don't even own! Getting out at the end of the day isn't any easier and it is best to haul your bouldering mats out on the end of your abseil rope. Despite all the difficulties the bouldering is excellent and, if you get the tides, sea swell, and conditions in your favour, you can have a great time here.

Routes

13 boulder problems (f4+...f7C+)
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
Crest of a Wave Area
Left of the descent (looking out) is a smooth wall. The ledges beneath are usually less wave-washed...
3
Bouldering
Sun and shade
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
Ride the Lightning Area
The remaining problems are found in the big cave or on the wall to the cleft (looking in).
10
Bouldering
Sun and shade
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
Dry in the Rain
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