THE CUTTINGS


The Cuttings is an excellent and popular inland crag that holds some of Portland's most well-travelled lines. Its easy access, broad spread of grades and sheltered position ensure that there are few days in the year where there won't be someone climbing here. It is an old railway cutting that has left several walls rising directly from a flat quarried base. The walls yield climbing that is mostly sustained and technical in nature, on clean vertical rock. Many of the climbs need lots of finger strength and tenacity, although the profusion of cracks, corners and grooves that bisect the blanker walls give pitches requiring a full range of techniques. There is also a very well-used beginners' wall set up for groups and individuals to cut their teeth on, which has an array of short, bolted easier routes.
Over the last few years, a number of new sections of cliff have been opened up - The Bower, Sunlovers Slab and the outlying Nicodemus Knob have all become popular with their cache of routes between grades 3 and 6.
In front of The Cuttings is a massive area of boulders, scree and dense vegetation that runs down to the sea - this is the The Cuttings Boulderfield which is fully covered in the Rockfax book Dorset Bouldering.

Routes

7 sport routes (6a...7b)
1 boulder problem (f7A+)
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...
23
Boulder
Sun and shade
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
Sun and shade
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
Sun and shade
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
Sun and shade
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
Sun and shade
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
Sun and shade
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
Sun and shade
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
Sun and shade
Downhill

13 mins

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