Regional Access Database

Advice Boulder Ruckle

A formidable expanse of rock considered to be the area's premier cliff - a serious place to climb with free hanging abseil approaches, steep routes and precarious finishes. Not recommeded for inexperienced teams.

BMC Area South West & Southern Rock Type Limestone
Climbing Area Swanage Access Status Advice
County Dorset CRoW Land Yes
Importance National No. of Routes 123
Ownership Local Authority Year Developed 1963
Within National Park No Grid Reference SZ023769

The coast has unfortunately been used as a suicide spot and loose kit, clothing etc. lying around has resulted in the coastguard being called out. To avoid this, climbers are requested to ensure loose equipment and clothing is kept in rucksacks on the cliff top and preferably hidden from public view. You could also consider attaching a note to your sacks saying something like, 'Equipment being used by climbers - do not remove'.

Restrictions apply from  1 March - 31 July. Reason - Nesting Birds

No climbing between The Tool and Marmolata Arete inclusive to prevent disturbance of nesting birds. If using the Marmolata abseil point, please stay in the corner, spend as little time on top as possible and don't bring dogs to the top of the crag. Restrictions also apply from Sardine Special to Hard Day's Night, Andycap to Raindrop and Quasimodo to Insectitude inclusive.


The strip of coastal land above the cliff is Open Access land. Find map here;

This page was last updated on 07/05/2016. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.