Cheyne Cliff


The soaring orange walls below Cheyne house are home to some of Portlands steeper routes. From a distant it all look alarmingly teetering pile of blocks, and one day may all be laying on the beach below. Home to one of Portland most consistent nesting pair of Peregrines.  

The area also includes the extensive short quarry walls of Dungecroft, with many lower grade routes and the Lost Valley a charming rift of high quality rock, with technical problems on one side and some of Portland’s best slab routes on other. There are some interesting bouldering venues either side. Southwell landslips worth seeking out.


Crag information
Climbing Area: South West & Southern Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Estate No. of Routes: 100
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1994
Grid Reference: SY692703

The Corailized and Road Rage wall have fingery and steep test piece routes best avoided in the heat of the sun and can turn greasy when afternoon shade come on faces. But there is some more humble offering in The Nook and the newly developed area below. Until 2014 there were some moderate graded routes on the  blocky wall left of Corailized but a significant rockfall left the routes scattered across the beach below ( note the staples in blocks as you walk past) as almost blocking of the curious tunnel that the spring flows from.

Though not restricted it is also worth avoiding to climbing or hanging around in the lefthand wall in Dungecroft quarry and encourage the puplic to avoid too, as this is very close to the Peregrines nesting spot.

Restrictions apply from 1 March - 30 June.

Reason: Nesting Birds

The restriction applies to all routes from high arête left of Coralized wall to and including Dutch Courage. 

You very visible from bird watchers so during restriction access and climb on Rage wall with as little fuss as possible. Can be accessed by abseil from Dunecroft Quarry but walking in and out along boulder beach quietly is also acceptable.  

Though not restricted it is also worth avoiding the climbing or hanging around in the lefthand wall area in Dungecroft quarry and encourage the puplic to avoid too, as this is very close to the Peregrines nesting spot.

Parking and Approach

For Cheyne Park at the large and well signposted Cheyne Weares car park, or a small parking area (only space for 2-3 cars) in a short track 300m south of the main car park.

For Dungecroft walk south out of main Cheyne Wears Car Park and for Lost Valley follow path North walk across the top of the rift.

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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