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Climbing & Abseiling in Dorset

  • Climb in a scenic location on the Jurassic Coast
  • Conquer your fears and climb to new heights
  • Learn new skills and perfect you climbing technique

Climbing is one of the best ways to experience Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline. Scale to new heights and admire the beautiful scenery during this fun-filled outdoor adventure activity.

Under the watchful eye of our team of highly experienced and qualified instructors you will learn new skills and push the boundaries of your comfort zone. All of our sessions take place in a safe and well-managed environment without compromising on fun!

Our climbing sessions are well suited to families looking to try something new during a holiday in Dorset. They are also a great choice for friends, teams, business away days and stag and hen dos.


Climbing & Abseiling

Half Day

Minimum group size 3

£45 per person

Minimum age 8 years

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  • Celebrating a successful climb on the Jurassic Coast
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  • Adult climbing the cliffs at Dancing Ledge

Climbing on the Jurassic Coast

Dorset is the perfect destination to try your hand at climbing or abseiling. Our coastline is a popular climbing venue, famed for having a wide variety of routes with options for various types of climbing.

The aim of our beginners climbing and abseiling sessions is to familiarise participants with equipment and teach core climbing skills, including moving across rocks, identifying suitable hand and foot holds, belaying a climbing partner and abseiling safely after the climb.

We adhere to a strict ‘challenge by choice’ ethos, whereby participants will only climb to a height they are comfortable with. That being said, we foster a supportive environment where we instil the confidence needed to conquer fears.

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Scenic climbing location

All of our climbing and abseiling sessions take place at Dancing Ledge and Hedbury Quarry on the Dorset Coast. From the elevated an unique position you’ll be able to truly admire the Jurassic Coastline in all its glory and take in the stunning sea views.

Suitable for all abilities

At Cumulus Outdoors all our sessions are bespoke and tailored to meet the needs of the group. We welcome complete beginners, as well as those with some climbing experience, including indoor climbers looking to make the transition outside.

Whether you’re looking for a standard climb and abseil activity or would like a more in-depth session we will work with you to create

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Group celebrating climbing at Dancing Ledge

Advanced Rock-climbing Courses

We are delighted offer a selection of advanced rock-climbing courses in Dorset. These courses are geared towards people with climbing experience and designed to build upon existing skills.

There are 3 courses to choose from – each has a slightly different focus and objectives. They are delivered by an AMI member (Association of Mountaineering Instructors) and take place at Dancing Ledge on the Jurassic Coast.

1. Indoors to outdoors

Take your first steps climbing outdoors, or build on the basic skills if you’ve done some climbing before. We’ll work on you becoming a competent second, introduce key rope work and gear placement skills.


Advanced Rock Climbing Course

Two Days

Minimum group size 1

£600 per person

Minimum age 8 years

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2. Multipitch climbing

Multipitch climbing is far more exciting and atmospheric than single pitch climbing – it requires more experience, skill and judgement. It is also an amazing adventure, taking you to incredible places with a huge sense of exposure.

We can deliver fully guided classic multipitch adventures and teach you the necessary multipitch skills to move you towards becoming an independent team.

Please note this is for competent leaders/seconds only, who have either been out climbing with us before or can provide a logbook of experience, in order to make the most out of your course with us.

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3. Self-rescue and problem solving

This course is geared towards competent climbers, who required additional guidance on getting out of situations on UK sea cliffs. Over the course of two days, we will focus on basic prevention methods and problem solving, through to more advanced self and team rescues


You will need to bring the following equipment to the session. If you are unable to supply this, please let us know as soon as possible.

  • Belay device
  • 2x screw gate carabine
  • 1x HMS carabiner (pear shape)
  • 1x 60cm sling

Climbing & Abseiling FAQs

How long do climbing sessions last?

Climbing sessions lasts 3 hours from the time you arrive, till the time you depart. This includes the twenty-minute walk with stunning scenery, safety brief, kitting up etc.

What is the minimum age for climbing?

Children must be 8 years old to participate in one of our climbing sessions on the Jurassic Coast.

Where will we be climbing?

We climb at two venues, both by the sea with stunning scenery, Dancing Ledge and Hedbury Quarry.

What do I need to bring to a climbing session?

Dress appropriately for the weather and bring food and drink. Old trainers are ok to climb in.

What is the minimum climbing session group size?

There is a minimum group size of three on our climbing sessions.

Is previous climbing or abseiling experience necessary?

No previous experienced is required for our climbing and abseiling sessions on the Dorset coast – this activity is aimed at novices. For the more experienced, we would run a bespoke programme.

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