Dancing Ledge offers easy access from a free car park close to the village of Langton Matravers and non-tidal climbing by the sea. As a result, it’s probably the most popular cliff at Swanage. However, there’s plenty to go around: roughly 100 climbs, mostly sport, ranging from very hard routes to easier beginner climbs.
Be aware that some of the 5s and 6s have become polished due to the passage of many rock shoes and are consequently hard for their grade. Also worth noting: a small tidal pool was blasted into the rock overlooking the sea for local schools to use about 100 years ago. It’s not big enough to swim in, but a great place to cool down on a hot day.
• Where: By the sea in beautiful Dorset
• Park: Map ref SY 998767
• Best for: Easily accessible, non-tidal climbing by the sea
• When to go: Out of peak season, when it’s quieter