Climbing at dancing ledge on the Jurassic Coast

Climbing & Abseiling

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Climbing and Abseiling for Schools

Dorset is one of the best climbing destinations in the UK and the ideal place to try climbing or abseiling for the first time. During our school and youth residential trips students have the opportunity to scale new heights as they explore the Jurassic Coastline in a unique and hands on way.

Our climbing and abseiling sessions take place at stunning coastal locations, including Dancing Ledge and Hedbury Quarry. Nothing beats the thrill of climbing in this picturesque and rugged environment with spectacular views over the water below!

All of our climbing sessions are bespoke and tailored to meet the requirements of the individual group. This means that we’re able to offer programmes for complete beginners as well as groups who have some climbing experience.


  • Rock climb in a spectacular location on the Jurassic Coast
  • Reach new heights and take on new challenges
  • Explore Dancing Ledge & Hedbury Quarry

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  • school group abseiling on jurassic coast

Climbing school trips in Dorset

At the beginning of the session participants will be given a safety briefing and a thorough introduction to this outdoor adventure sport. Our team of highly qualified and experienced instructors will teach basic rock movements as well as rope safety and belaying. Participants will be required use their own initiative to search for natural hand and foot holds in the rock as they make their way to the summit.

The health and safety of our students is of paramount importance. We adhere to strict guidelines and ensure students act responsibly whilst participating in this activity. Every student will be required to wear a helmet at all times and one of our instructors will ensure their harness is fitted correctly.

Schoolboy abseiling at Dancing Ledge

Overcoming challenges

As is the case with all of our activities, we promote the challenge by choice ethos during climbing and abseiling sessions. Students can set their own personal challenge, whereby they choose the height to which they climb. A student will never be forced to do anything they’re not comfortable with.

Young people are actively encouraged to push the boundaries of their comfort zone and to try to overcome their fears or worries in a safe and supportive environment. Many participants leave our climbing course bursting with pride and keen to share their accomplishments with their friends and families at home.

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Learning outcomes

As well as being a fun activity that’s guaranteed to put a smile on young peoples faces, climbing and abseiling provide the opportunity to build on skills such as confidence and communication. Climbing is a challenging yet rewarding activity that can fulfil a number of learning outcomes.

  • Team work

    Every climber needs a belayer to keep the rope tight. Looking after each other on the ropes brings a strong sense of responsibility and develops trust amongst your team. Students are required to think about their own safety and wellbeing as well as that of their peers. Climbing promotes shared sense responsibility and helps young people work together to reach a common goal.

  • Communication

    Strong communication skills are key between climber and belayer. It’s essential for the climber to keep a running commentary so the belayers knows whether there’s anything additional need of them.

    Belayers can help their climbing partner by recommending a suitable route up the cliff face and pointing out appropriate hand and foot holds they may have missed.

  • Environmental awareness

    Climbing courses take place on the world-renowned Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO world heritage site and area of great geological importance. Our sessions provide a real-world learning environment, where students can experience the coastal environment in a hands-on way.

    During the session they will see real life examples of how climate change is affecting the local area. They will also learn about natural and man-made rock formations and history of the Jurassic Coast.

Get in touch

Start planning your bespoke school residential trip itinerary today!

Contact us on 01929 422480

Climbing & Abseiling FAQs

Is there a weight limit for High Ropes and Climbing?

Yes, there is a weight limit for High Ropes and Climbing. The maximum weight is 115kg (18 stone).

Where can I find your climbing certificates?

If you would like to see all our climbing information, including risk assessments, policies, emergency procedures, insurance and affiliation certification, please ask. You will be sent a link to our website with a password to access and download as much as you need.

Are you insured for climbing?

Yes, we are insured for climbing and we have £10 million public liability insurance. We are accredited by: Institute of Out­door Learning, National Coasteering Charter, Adventure Activities Licensing Service, DofE Approved Activity Provider and Learning Outside the Classroom.

What happens if there is bad weather before the climbing session?

If climbing is looking unlikely due to heavy swell or high winds, we will be in touch at least 2 days prior to discuss an alternative activity. We will always do our best to deliver the activities as per the agreed programme.

What if my child doesn’t want to go climbing?

During climbing sessions we challenge the students to participate voluntarily, to push their comfort zone and test themselves. We operate a ‘challenge by choice ethos’, which allows the students to choose the level they are comfortable with. This may be touching the top of the climb or getting one foot off the ground!

What is the instructor to participant ratio for climbing?

The instructor to participant ratio for climbing is 1:10.

What kit do students need to bring climbing & abseiling?

Students will need clothing suitable for the outdoors during our climbing and abseiling sessions. A full set of waterproofs. A rucksack with an extra layer, snacks, something to drink and any personal medication. Ideally walking shoes for the journey down and some trainers to climb in.

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