THE PROMENADE


The Promenade is the first of the predominantly sport climbing crags passed on the approach from Durlston Country Park and is one of the best roof climbing crags in the south of England. The savage bulging walls here give a host of powerful pitches that hit you from the first move and keep going until you heave yourself around the final lip to clip the lower-off - exhausted but satisfied. Whilst most visitors will come here for the excellent bolted roofs, the trad lines that sit comfortably between the bolts should not be ignored. Many of these also take on the stacked roofs at some impressively big grades.
There isn't too much here for those leading in the mid and lower grades though although the routes described are worthwhile and you can also easily combine a visit with the near-by Unknown Ledge. A handful of the recorded boulder problems have also been included, as they stay dry in the rain.
The big flat belay ledges at the base of the crag are another of The Promenade's enticing features although they are prone to being wave-washed even in moderate seas - watch where you leave your rucksacks!

Routes

1 trad route (E3)
1 dws route (E1)
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
Benny Area
The far western end of The Promenade is a fine section of cliff that has high quality, well-bolted...
27
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
Dry in the Rain
Tensile Groove Test Area
A popular section of the cliff that has a trio of good trad lines, along with some powerful roof...
24
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
Dry in the Rain
Becalmed Area
This section of cliff provides a welcome respite from the very hard routes encountered on The...
24
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
The Futurist Area
The final section of The Promenade contains more of the same - big steep roof routes with powerful...
27
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

30 mins

Abseil
Dry in the Rain
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