THE CUTTINGS


The Cuttings is an excellent and popular inland crag with a fine aspect looking out towards the Purbecks across Weymouth Bay. The crag is in fact an old railway cutting that has left several contrasting walls rising directly from a flat clear base. These offer climbing which is mostly of a sustained and technical nature on good clean vertical rock. The majority of the lines link up numerous features giving routes that need lots of finger strength and tenacity. The Cuttings is an excellent morning venue (often too hot in the summer) with routes to suit all grades of climber from 2 to 8a. There is also a beginnerís wall set up for groups and individuals to cut their teeth on, which has an array of short bolted easy routes. Below the track that runs along the base of the Cuttings is a massive boulder field that has now been developed and provides lots of good problems which are also covered here.

Routes

140 sport routes (2...8a)
92 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
The Ditch
The ditch has now been filled in, so you won't find it.
6
Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

10 mins

sheltered
The New Cuttings
A great little crag that is almost always in condition and has a good set of short and technical...
36
Boulder
Morning sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
Bonsai Area
The far left-hand end of The Cuttings has lots of very popular lower-grade routes that are getting...
21
Sport
Morning sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
Mindmeld Area
A popular section of the cliff with a range of grades and a couple of the most attempted routes on...
10
Sport
Morning sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
Cutting Edge Area
The left-hand end of the main section of The Cuttings has a few good hard routes, interspersed with...
20
Sport
Morning sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
Hall of Mirrors Area
The centrepiece of The Cuttings has the best climbing, with some great routes across the grades....
24
Sport
Morning sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
Modern Nightmare Area
At the far end of The Cuttings is a large roof-capped corner flanked by some clean walls and...
16
Sport
Morning sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
The Bower
Well-hidden, but only metres away from the main action at The Cuttings, is this excellent section...
15
Sport
Morning sun
Level

5 mins

sheltered
Sunlovers Slab
The Sunlovers Slab is an isolated, leaning boulder perched next to the sea. The rock is solid, and...
6
Sport
Lots of sun!
Downhill

13 mins

Cuttings Boulderfield
The Cuttings Bouldering lies amongst the huge expanse of boulders, paths and scrub located in front...
78
Boulder
Lots of sun!
Up and down

8 mins

sheltered
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