Isle of Portland Info
The Cuttings Car Park
GPS: 50.539888, -2.431582
Approach: From Weymouth, follow the A354, along Chesil Beach, through Fortuneswell up to Yeates roundabout, take the second exit at the roundabout continuing along the A354 to Easton Square (Easton Gardens and Co-Op). Continue along until just past Church Open your left, the car park is on your right just after the bend.
Cheyne Weares Car Park
GPS: 50.531615, -2.437923
Approach: From Weymouth, follow the A354, along Chesil Beach, through Fortuneswell up to Yeates roundabout, take the second exit at the roundabout continuing along the A354 to Easton Square (Easton Gardens and Co-Op). Continue along Straits, Wakeham, Pennsylvania Road and Southwell Road until Cheyne Weares Car Park.
We will be meeting just South of Cheyne Weares car park, along the SW Coast Path (GPS: 50.531506, -2.437871)
Grangecroft Car Park
GPS: 50.539638, -2.450960
Approach: From Weymouth, follow the A354, along Chesil Beach, through Fortuneswell up to Yeates roundabout, take the third exit at the roundabout onto Weston Road, continue along here, second exit at at a further roundabout (St George’s Church). Continue along until you reach the Co-Op, turn right onto Weston Road followed by an immediate left onto Westcliff Road, follow this to the end turning left onto Grangecroft. This will take you all the way to the car park.
We will meet at the car park.
What will be provided?
All climbing equipment will be provided, apart from rock shoes (unless agreed). If you have your own equipment (harness, helmet, belay device and carabiner), you are more than welcome to bring these along.
What will you need to bring?
The following is a list of items that you will need to bring along, some are essential and others optional:
- Trainers or approach shoes (essential) and rock shoes (optional). Hiking boots may also be useful, but trainers are better to climb in if you don’t have rock shoes.
- Comfortable, athletic style clothing that does not inhibit movement (essential). Dresses and skirts are not appropriate for use with a harness.
- Hair bands for long hair (essential).
- Food and drinks (essential).
- Litter bag (essential). There are no bins at the climbing area and all litter is to be taken away by participants.
- Sunscreen (optional). The use of sunscreen is advised when appropriate, however.
- Fleece and Rainproof Jacket (optional). I will advise additionally, depending on weather forecast.
- Camera (optional). I will have a camera with me to take climbing photos on the day and these will be available at no extra cost.
The following is a list of things to consider:
- The car park at Cheyne Weares is free. If the car park is full or closed, there may be 2 or 3 parking spots at the SW coast gate, just south of the car park. If this is full, park further south on grass verges just as you enter the residential area. Please don’t obscure any access route or residential properties. If there is no parking available here, the Church Ope car park should be used (GPS: 50.539857, -2.431564), this is further north of the Cheyne Weares car park and a longer walking approach will be necessary.
- The Grangecroft car park is a paid car park. The machine takes card, cash or you can make payment by phone or app. If this car park is full, please use the surrounding residential streets but please do not obscure any residential driveways.
- There are no toilet facilities at Cheyne Weares or Grangecroft. A public toilet is available in Easton Square (see approach notes), as you enter Portland. There is also a toilet at the large Tesco store on the island, just behind Easton Square.
- There are no shops close by, so please ensure you bring your food and drinks from home or along the way to the venue.
- You are advised to leave jewellery and valuables at home. You will not be able to climb with jewellery. I won’t be liable for the loss of personal items.
- No drones are permitted.