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Swanage Dancing Ledge topos and belay points

Topos are climbing route guides for crags. Typically they will show the line of routes and details of pitches. They make it easier to work out routes on the actual rock by identifying relevant features.

These topo images are courtesy and copyright of Mike Swann 2003 and original text courtesy of Michael Hunt. Thanks both Mikes!

A link to Ian West's excellent page showing lots of detail about the area and geology. Thanks Ian for such a great resource!

Map of area Routes Routes Group climbing Belay points Belay points Belay points Belay points Belay points

Dancing Ledge lower ledge novice area

These routes are not included in the current guidebook. They have been "identified" from the 1961 route descriptions, so may be more or less accurate, allowing for any changes over the last 40 years and my mis-interpretation of the descriptions.

Main area

Accessed by Llewellyn's Steps or either of 2 "easy ways down" near the pool. The eastern-most is definitely the easier.

The staples are fixed into the rock with resin (they are GLUED in place).  Rigging a top-rope to the staples in the vertical face of the rock puts a pretty big OUTWARD pull on them, which doesn't seem to be a very good idea.  Using the staples in the top (horizontal) surface puts them in shear which is much safer because you're not relying on the adhesion of the resin to keep them in place.

Alphabet Wall

Starts at the Western end of the ledge.

The first few routes have awkward starts because of the small overhang at about 1 m.


Straight up the corner where the wall turns into the cave.


About 3 m from the left end of the wall there is an obvious L/R line.


Just to the right of 6 there is a patch of white-ish rock just above the 2nd clear break-line. Straight up crossing 6.


1 m R of the tiny cave at ground level. Straight up.


Climb straight up to the left of the large block at the top.


Climb through the overhang at 3m to finish to the R of the block.

The next 2 routes start just to the left of the recess (Richard's Recess).


Climb to the break, step R and continue up the edge.


Climb to the break, step R 2 m and climb the groove.

Thanks to Michael Hunt for the original text.

©Mike Swann 2003


Map of area






Group climbing


Belay points


Belay points


Belay points


Belay points


Belay points



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