Dorset Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThe Jurassic Coast of South Dorset is home to a wealth of rock climbing, with something to suit almost everyone - as long as you like limestone! Portland is one of England's best sport climbing areas, Swanage offers intimidating trad, and the area around Lulworth some excellent deep water soloing.
Add to this the pleasant climate (Swanage is supposedly England's sunniest village) and relative proximity to the climbing-starved population centres in London and the South East, and no wonder it is popular. Covering such a large area though, you can still find some peace and quiet in the less accessible areas.
Getting ThereFrom London, the M3 gets you as far as Southampton. Continue towards Bournemouth on the A31. For Lulworth and Swanage, pass through Poole then Wareham, from which both should be signposted. Portland is a bit further West: the A31 then A35 lead to Dorchester, at which you take the A354 South to Weymouth and finally across the causeway onto Portland itself.
From Bristol, just follow the A37 South to Portland. It's not very far, but can take a long time on smallish roads.
Dorset is quite a long way from the Midlands, and you're probably not even contemplating going there from further North. The best bet from here would be M5 to Bristol then A37.
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