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Climbing and Abseiling Cumulus Outdoors

Climbing and Abseiling

See the Jurassic Coast Cliffs in close up!


Scale new heights with our Cumulus Crew of climbing and abseiling instructors. We can either run a standard climb and abseil activity session or we can develop further and explain all the equipment, the safety rope systems and various techniques to develop your skills. We run climbing activity days and sessions for beginners, individuals and teams, as well as those with more experience.

Climbing and abseiling on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

All of our climbing and abseiling takes place at stunning locations along the Dorset Close. We climb at Dancing Ledge and Hedbury Quarry, which both provide excellent sea views.

You may choose to sign up to our introduction to lead climbing course.

  • Experience the stunning Jurassic coastline cliffs
  • All safety equipment provided
  • Private car parking

FAQs - The Essentials


Is previous climbing or abseiling experience necessary?

No previous experienced is required as the activity is aimed at novices. For the more experienced, we would run a bespoke programme.

What is the minimum group size?

We have a minimum group size of three

What do I need to bring?

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

Where will we be climbing?

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

What is the minimum age?

Our minimum age is eight years of age.

How long does the session last?

The session 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.



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Review Entries



Rock Climbing Adventures!

I contacted Cumulus back in November to organise a special birthday surprise for my boyfriend.
Russell was really helpful and the price was really reasonable for this sort of activity. He arranged to meet us at the hotel we were staying at and led us to an amazing location. Mark and Russell were full if enthusiasm for what they do and knew lots of interesting facts about the location and history.
Mark took our session and made us both feel really safe and secure in his knowledge of climbing and the safety of the equipment we used. He kept us in our comfort zone as beginners but challenged us that extra bit each time the level of climbing changed. It was a beautiful area for the climb and the views were stunning, we had so much fun and Mark really made us feel comfortable and great about what we had achieved. He even suggested places in our area where we could go to continue our climbing adventures.
Thank you to Cumulus for a brilliant day!!!



Magical,I will always treasure the memory

I took my daughter coasteering for her special birthday treat - we also added on climbing/abseiling in the afternoon. Dean and Louis did a splendid job of looking after our coasteering group (5 of us) in the morning and in the afternoon Louis kept the two of us safe while we climbed/abseiled. The safety is well attended to and I had complete confidence throughout all activities.

I am no spring chicken but l was treated well and had the time of my life - you're never too old to have fun! I was never made to feel a drag and was enabled to achieve all sorts.

Beats a spa trip or theatre trip any day! If you fancy coasteering/climbing/abseiling then go for it - you won't regret it.
Visited August 2015



Awesome Experience!

Thank you Russell for this awesome experience. We had perfect weather conditions, an epic view and an extraordinary guide. After some intructions we made some abseiling and a few simple climbs. Then we made some demanding climbs which stole our last strength. This was definitely one of the highlights of our South-England trip.
Thank you, Rebeca & Christian



Great Instruction

Climbed with Lewis near Dancing Ledge today. Great fun was had by all, our 8 year old boy loved it and received great instruction from Lewis. Would definitely recommend!
July 2015



Fantastic to climb right by the sea!

We had a great morning rock climbing! Jess our instructor was very knowledgeable and professional. Being able to climb up the rock faces by the sea and cliffs was fantastic.



Abseiling on My Birthday!

Had an amazing day on my birthday with 10 friends, abseiling off Dancing Ledge in Swanage. Several of us were scared of heights and really challenging ourselves to this. Russell made us feel confident and even managed to get a smile out of me half way down! He encouraged each of us to challenge ourselves without scaring us or pushing us and this enabled each of us to feel at the end of the day that we had achieved something great for ourselves! I can heartily recommend any day out with Russell, he is knowledgable, enthusiastic and inspiring. Go for it - challenge yourself to something new!



Family Climbing

Cumulus Outdoors were very welcoming, thorough & professional. The kids loved their day climbing & abseiling by the sea. The general consensus was that it was very scary to start, but by the days end they wanted to do more. Fear conquered, all would do it again, amazing views & all round fantastic experience. What more can I ask for as a father, happy kids, a great day out, the children learning something new. Thanks to all concerned.
Visited August 2015
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