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Climbing and Abseiling Cumulus Outdoors

Climbing and Abseiling

Climb to new heights on the Jurassic Coast with Cumulus Outdoors.


Climbing is one of the best ways to experience Dorset’s incredible 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 have fun, all within a safe and well-managed environment.


Climbing and abseiling on Dorset’s 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. Set yourself a challenge and conquer your fears as you climb high up the cliffs and abseil back down.

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 at foot holds, belaying a climbing partner and abseiling safely after a climb.

By the end of the session our aims is to instil confidence in participants and hopefully a new found love of climbing!

All of our climbing and abseiling sessions take place at stunning locations along the Dorset coast. We climb at Dancing Ledge and Hedbury Quarry, both of which provide beautiful sea views. From this elevated and unique position you’ll be able to truly admire the coastline in all its glory.


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 or experienced indoor climbers looking to make the transition outside.

Whether you’re looking for a standard climb and abseil activity session or would like a more in depth session, we’re able to develop a session to suit your needs. We can develop sessions, which include in depth explanations of all the equipment, the safety rope systems and various techniques to hone your skills.

We also run a popular introduction to lead climbing course, which focuses on improving technique and teaching experienced climbers how to place gear.

We run climbing activity days and sessions for beginners, individuals, school and youth groups and teams, as well as those with more experience.

Why climb with Cumulus Outdoors

Cumulus Outdoors is one of our Dorset’s leading outdoor adventure activity providers. From our base near Swanage we run a range of fun filled activity programmes as well as school residential trips. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and work hard to ensure safety standards are met, and exceeded wherever possible.

New for 2022: Advanced Rock Climbing Courses

We can now offer the following 2 day weekend advanced rock climbing courses

  • 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 ropework and gear placement skills.
  • Multipitch climbing
    Multipitch climbing is far more exciting and atmospheric than single pitch climbing, and 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 or teach you the necessary multipitch skills along the way 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.
  • Self rescue and problem solving
    Are you already a competent climber, but are unsure of getting out of the different situations on the sea cliffs of the UK? Spend two days focussing on key skills, from basic prevention methods and problem solving, through to more advanced self and team rescues.


  • All courses delivered by an AMI Member (Association of Mountaineering Instructors) who will be able to develop and teach all elements of Rock Climbing that you could ever want to know.
  • £600.00 per weekend
  • 1:1 or 1:2 ratio


Please bring the following equipment to the session:

  • Climbing shoes, harness and helmet
  • Belay device
  • 2x screw gate carabine
  • 1x HMS carabiner (pear shape)
  • 1x 60 cm sling

Please let us know asap if you are not able supply this equipment.




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



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
O King



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!

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