Sunday, 14 September 2008


Saturdays Patrol took a little detour to Dancing Ledge. Always fun trying to get the vehicle down what looks like an impassable track. One mouthful of gorse bush later (Gareth forgot to close the window) and we parked up.

Great to see the lots of novice climbers learning their trade, all properly supervised with helmets and other safety equipment. Less great to see the more experienced climbers not using helmets….you chaps really should know better! Given the geology the rock face is loose so climbers are at real risk from falling rocks, hence the need for helmets.

Also being put to good use was the swimming pool that was cut into the rock; looked lovely and clear.

Some info for our non–locals: ‘Dancing Ledge is part of the Jurassic Coast near Swanage, The 'Ledge' is a flat area of rock at the base of a small cliff (a little scrambling is required for access). It is signposted on the South West Coast Path a few kilometres west of Swanage. A swimming pool was blasted into the rock for the use of local preparatory schools sometime near the beginning of the twentieth century.

Dancing Ledge is so called because the stone cut out of it is the same size as a ballroom dance floor. The stone removed was transported by ship direct from Dancing Ledge, round the south coast to Kent in order to construct Ramsgate harbour.

The cliffs above the ledge are a popular climbing location, with a small (10m)cliff close to the sea, and a larger (~20m) limestone cliff set back above this.’

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