The Coastguard Cliffs run south towards the Bill of Portland and possess a wealth of excellent routes set in a remote and beautiful environment. Unlike much of the rest of the west coast of Portland, the Coastguard Cliffs have an authentic sea-cliff feel about them, with all that this entails - tidal approaches, slippery boulders and the constant accompaniment of the sea close by.
Coastguard North is best known for its collection of steep, powerful and hard climbs, many in the high 7s. It is also the setting for Portland's hardest route - Vespasian at 8b.


Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Wax Museum Area
These clean and appealing walls are home to some great stamina test-pieces. One drawback is that...
Sun and shade
Up and down

13 mins

Nothing but the Groove Area
A large, grey-streaked wall with many excellent and sustained wall pitches. Its proximity to the...
Sun and shade
Up and down

12 mins

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