GUILLEMOT LEDGE


Guillemot Ledge is a large and diverse area that is home to the highest section of cliff along the whole of the Swanage coastline. The big multi-pitch trad routes on the West Face are amongst the most challenging in the south, and almost all of them give tremendous climbing in wild and exposed situations. Across the two areas of the West and East Faces, there is a reasonable grade spread from HS to E6, but Guillemot Ledge should be recognised and treated as a serious cliff where experience of committing and difficult climbing is essential. The rock is usually sound, and the presence of a quarried top on the East Face will calm fears of potential loose finishes when topping-out. A number of the climbs in this area rely on fixed protection from pegs - these should be carefully inspected and backed-up where possible. .

Routes

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
West Face
This is one of the most impressive sections of cliff at Swanage, and also one of the most...
18
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

25 mins

Abseil
East Face
This is a justifiably popular section of cliff. With its easy access, good lower to mid-grade...
24
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

25 mins

Abseil
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