Dancing Ledge

Swanage

An easily accessed and attractive cliff - sheltered aspect, bolted clip-ups and great swimming.

Crag information
Climbing Area: South West & Southern Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: National Trust No. of Routes: 86
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1987
Grid Reference: SY997768

Parking and Approach

Turn off the A351 towards Langton Matravers, just outside Swanage. Once in Langton Matravers, go past the post office, turn left into Durnford Drove and the car park (now pay and display) is 300m down the track by Langton House.

From the parking walk south on a good path past four fields and a spyway barn. After the 4th field head down a big hill towards Dancing Ledge which lies directly below the coast path. From here steps lead down into the quarry.

CRoW Information

Open access land, designated under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (2000) give area access rather than linear access as provided by public rights of way. It also gives a legal right of access specifically for climbing, as well as walking and other quiet recreation on foot.

Please bear in mind however that the landowner still has the right to restrict access for up to 28 days per year (often used on public safety grounds for shooting in moorland areas), and can also apply for longer term restrictions with Natural England (such as bans on dogs, or regular restrictions during particular times of year). It is important to check for these restrictions regularly as they can be added at short notice – all details for open access land in England can be found on Natural England’s website.  

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