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BETA PHOTO: The "Battleship" rock. Battleship back ...

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An impressive cliff, up to 25m in height, behind the leaning block that gives the area its name. The routes here tend to be long, pumpy affairs, and some are very good indeed.

In common with other nearby areas, the rock in the lower section is banded with chert, a hard black silicious rock. These lumps tend to provide positive holds, but are sharp and slippery. The limestone can also take on the unfortunate 'soapy' feel if at all damp, but is less susceptible to this problem than some of the more marine crags in the area.

Getting There 

Once on Portland drive through Fortune's Well then Weston. Just after exiting Weston take the second exit from the roundabout onto Reap Lane. Park on here with consideration to the local residents (pick a wide part of the road, not in front of any driveways, etc.).

Continue walking down Reap Lane and take a footpath on the right, just after a row of houses. This takes you to the coast path. Turn left (South) onto this for about 50m until a steep path (with a fixed rope a little lower down) leads down towards the sea. Follow this path above The Veranda towards the block. Battleship Main is just beyond the block and the Back Cliff.

Note that the former approach (from the North) was affected by a landslip in early 2014 and no longer exists. The information in any guidebook published before this date will be wrong.

Climbing Season

For the England area.

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

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There are different ways to climb this--to the left or right of the bolts. The layback on the right was considered the easier option, but the rock has become polished and smearing is not very reliable....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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