Climbs 302
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 109m a.s.l
Faces S

On the girdle traverse, Bowles Rocks © John Stainforth

Crag features

Routes up to 10m, either for soloing or toproping. Better routes include Fandango (5c), Digitalis (6a) and The Thing (6b). Owned by Bowles Outdoor Pursuits Centre - there is a small charge of £5 for adults before 5pm, £4 after 5pm and £3 for children. All funds go to upkeep of the rocks, toilet facilities on site as well as providing outdoor activities for disadvantaged young people. It is a one minute walk from the car park to the crag.

A carpet sample or mat is essential for cleaning your feet before you climb - this significantly reduces wear on the crag.



Bowles is keen to do more for climbers and any feedback is welcome - email development@bowles.ac

Approach notes

From the A26 between Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough. The turnoff is about 1km (0.6mi) after Eridge station on the left if going twds Crowborough.

Access Advice

No leading. Extend toprope belays to avoid damage to rock.

For teenage climbers, this in NOT a good crag! Over 18s only, unless you go with your parents. Other climbers over 18 don't count, apparently...
Spoursr - 27/Jan/15
What about the direct slab next to "manita". "white verdict" I think it's called, 6b.... I can't see it on your list! http://79.170.44.210/climbingvideos.co.uk/crags/SS/sand/bowles/photos/geezerdave.jpg
rotax123 - 01/Aug/12
SandC: therer isn't an easy way of doing this, as far as I can see, unless ther problems are given names. I'll dig into it a bit more and see if I can sort something out. Rob (Crag Moderator).
Rob Naylor - 17/Mar/12
any way of getting the boulder problems added to the lists for my logbook? They dont really have names which is the problem.
SandC - 17/Mar/12
On my last visit I was sad to see a group of three climbers savagely brushing Sandman (6a) THIS ENLARGES THE HOLDS and irreversibly damages the rock! Please respect the rock by cleaning it sparingly and as gently as possible. Please read the ten commandments of sandstone (on the BMC site) to protect this fragile rock
mr random - 26/Aug/07
easier to get to than Harrisons but not as varied.
Ben - 05/Oct/04
Ignore johny, he clearly has a damaged intelligence.
mike - 17/Jul/04
Seen so many northern and indoor wusses come down and fail. Ha, ha, ha. The rock requires a very special technique you only acquire on sandstone, hard or soft. This stuff is as soft as it gets and it eats twats for breakfast
JoHNY - 09/Feb/04
Become very eroded this year, a lot of hold breakages. Be careful! And don't climb on it when wet...
Sandman - 26/Dec/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Chalet Slab Area 
2Holly Tree Problemf3+ 4
3Heidi
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none 5a 3
4Unnamed Mantleshelfnone 5a 3
5British Bulldognone 4c 4
6Bull's Nose
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none 4c 14
7Toreadornone 5c 1
8Badger's Head
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none 4b 19
9Unnamednone 2a 4
10Hibiscus
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none 3b 6
11Helter Skelter
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none 5a 13
12Chalet Slab Left
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none 3b *61
13Chalet Slab Direct
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none 5c *29
14Chalet Slab Direct (traversing off)none 4b *25
15Chalet Slab Right
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none 5b 36
16Mohrenkop
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none 5c *11
17Two Stepnone 5b 2
 Netwall Area (Amphitheatre Left) 
19Roman Nosenone 4b 12
20Umbilicusnone 5c *13
21Fallen Angelsnone 6a 1
22Geoff's Routenone 6b 1
23Geoffrey Moon Esquiref6A  
24Blue Moonnone 6a 2
25991.8 Daysnone 6a 1
26Court's Climbnone 4c 7
27Grotty Groovenone 2a 22
28Running Jumpnone 2b 45
29Scirocco Slabnone 4b *82
30Scirocco Variationsnone 5a 13
31Netwallnone 4a *102
32Net Surfingnone 4a 13
33Corner Laybacknone 4c 78
34Maybe when you're olderf7B 5
35Aphroditenone 6a 1
36Zoomnone 6b 2
37Santa's Clawsnone 4c 67
38Knucklebonesnone 6b 1
39Coast to Coastnone 6b  
40The Firmnone 6a 1
41Chelsea Chimneynone 2a 18
 Reclamation Slab/Banana Area 
43Reclaimednone 5c 3
44Reclamation Gullynone 1a 63
45Reclamation Slab Leftnone 3b *145
46Reclamation Slapnone 5c 47
47Reclamation Slipnone 5b 12
48Reclamation Slab Rightnone 2b **245
49Mental Balancenone 6a 4
50Cenotaph Corner IInone 5b 8
51High Traversenone 4c *34
52Slyme Crymenone 6a 2
53Banana
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none 6a **244
54Banana Hammockf6C 12
55Right wing bananaf6B 3
56Proboscisnone 6a 1
57Drosophilanone 5b **271
58Urban Jocknone 6a 2
59Babylonnone 4b *51
60T.N.T.none 5c 17
 Fandango 
62Coathangernone 5c *91
63Fandango Direct Startf6A *22
64Fandangonone 5c ***124
65Fandango Centralnone 6a 5
66Fandango Right Handnone 6a ***60
67Fandango Right Hand Direct Startf7A 5
68Lucky Strikef7A **1
69Fandango Right Hand Direct Sit Startf7C  
70Pastry Directf7B+ 1
71Pastrynone 5c 8
72Poff Pastrynone 6b 2
73Tobacco Roadf6B **42
74Nicotine Alleyf7A 53
75Sugarplumf6A 7
76Icarusnone 6a 1
77Skiffle
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none 3a *120
78Orr Traverse
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none 5c *36
79Mick's Wall Aretenone 6a 46
80Mick's Wallnone 5b 108
81London Pridenone 6c  
82Kemp's Delight
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none 4b *191
83Mick's Wall Variationnone 6a 15
84Grotto Chimneynone 2b 40
 Temptation Area (Amphitheatre Right) 
86Pedestal to Grotto Chimney Traversenone 6a *5
87Patella
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none 6a *51
88Kinnard
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none 6b **6
89Nutella
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none 6b *3
90Temptation
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none 6b ***43
91Pedestal Problemf7B 5
92Digitalisnone 6a ***65
93Serenade Arete
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none 6a **73
94Inspiration
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none 5c **85
95The Thing
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none 6b *20
96The Fridgef6C+ 3
97Juanita
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none 6a *59
98Sappernone 4c **305
99Sapper (Inspiration alternative)none 5b **34
100Sapper (overhang start)f5+ 37
101One Nighternone 6c 2
102Burlapnone 5b **232
103Burlap Eliminatenone 6a 13
104Yoyo
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none 4a **334
105White Verdict/The Ly'innone 6b 35
106Meager's Right Handnone 5c 88
107Sing Singnone 3a 136
 Salamander Slab Area 
109Manitanone 5c 40
110Jackienone 5b *122
111Jackie Alternative Finishnone 6a 7
112Murph's Mount
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none 5a *55
113Neronone 5c 22
114Salamander Slabnone 5c *30
115The Twilight Zonenone 6b  
116Cheese Sandwichnone 6a  
117Peter's Perseverancenone 5a **25
118Pegasus
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none 5a ***17
119Perspirationnone 5c *81
120Boiling Pointnone 6b 1
121Them Monkey Thingsnone 6c 3
 Carbide Finger Area (The Overhang) 
123Carbide Finger
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none 6c **6
124Cardboard Boxnone 6b *29
125Bubble Wrapnone 6a  
126Thieving Gypsiesnone 6a 6
127Swastikanone 5b *25
128Nightmarenone 6a *12
129Recurring Nightmarenone 6b  
130Abracadabranone 5a 107
 Range Wall 
132Conjurornone 6a 32
133Karaf6B 7
134Ricochet
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none 4b **202
135Kalashnikovnone 5b 12
136Four-by-Two
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none 5a *197
137Four-By-Two Direct Startnone 6a 7
138Pull Throughnone 5b *221
139Pull Through Direct Startnone 6a 16
140Lee Enfieldnone 5c *156
141Targetnone 5c **80
142Target Directf6A+ **12
 Devaluation Buttress 
144The Big Stretchnone 5c 7
145Cave Cracknone 5a *97
146Cave Wallnone 5b  
147Cave Crack Nose Finishnone 5c 5
148E.S. Cadet Nosenone 5b *210
149ES Cadet Nose Sit Startf6B 14
150E.S. Cadet Nose Directnone 5c 9
151Skallagriggnone 6c 2
152Devaluationnone 5b ***420
153Devaluation Traversef7A *3
154Sandmannone 6b **70
155Charlie's Chimney
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none 3a *64
 Pig's Nose Area 
157Lovenone 6a *22
158Hatenone 6a ***189
159Upside Downiesnone 6b 6
160Pig's Earnone 5c ***318
161Watson-Wattnone 6b 3
162T.T.none 5b **213
163Pig's Nosenone 5a ***609
164Kofflernone 5c *56
165Gully Wallnone 5a 29
166Birch Cracknone 1b 86
 Funnel Area 
168Chrisnone 5c 58
169Kennard's Climbnone 4a *117
170Ribnone 5c 81
171Problem 34 - Banana startf4+ 1
172Dib
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none 4a *122
173Corbett Slabnone 4a *116
174Pedant's Slabnone 4c 22
175The Scouternone 3a 41
176Nelson's Columnnone 5a *148
177Dival's Diversionnone 5b *207
178Funnel
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none 4a **252
179Coolcaringernone 5b 12
180UNnone 5c *111
181Chelsea Traversenone 4a 15
182Wells's Reachnone 3a **92
183The Wreckernone 6c * 
184One of Our Buzzards is Missingnone 6b *3
185Harden Gully
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none 2a *70
 Fragile Wall Area 
187A Process of Eliminationf6B *2
188Sylvie's Slab
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none 4b *187
189Six Foot
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none 4c *229
190Larchant
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none 5a *303
191Hennessy Heights
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none 5b *249
192August Variationnone 5c 55
193October
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none 4c *178
194Fragile Wall
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none 4a **175
195Fragile Arete
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none 5a *116
196Fragile Armsf6A 8
197Escalatornone 5a 58
198Elevatornone 5a 24
199Pop's Chimneynone 4b 33
200Renison Gullynone 3a 62
201Lawson Traversenone 4a *14
202The Lawson Extensionnone 5b 6
 Clark's Cap 
204Finalenone 6a 21
205Alkanone 4c *187
206Morpheusnone 6a 5
207Seltzernone 5b *131
208Encorenone 5c 23
209Zugabenone 6b 3
210ĦOtra!none 5c 3
 Easy Gully Area 
212Novembernone 1b 75
213Baby Bouldernone 4b 39
214Easy Gullynone 1a 66
215Ballerinanone 3c 74
216Red Pegnone 2a 105
217Clairenone 3a 82
218Barham Bouldernone 4a 50
219Rad's Cliffnone 5a 40
220Muddy Gullynone 1a 9
221Bovrilnone 4b 71
222Wallynone 4b 60
223Wally Right Handnone 5a 11
224Oliver's Twistnone 5c 30
225Nealon'snone 4c **127
226Winstonnone 4c 1
227The Lady in Mink's Left Glovenone 6b 2
228A Lady in Minknone 6a 15
229Mercator's Projectionnone 3a 5
230Healynone 3a 3
231Bennnone 5a 4
232Wilsonnone 2b 4
233Heathnone 2a 4
 Bowles Buttress 
235Pat's Progressnone 4a 7
236Dubonnetnone 4b 6
237Williams Laybacknone 2a 10
238Free Willynone 3a 7
239Indexnone 4b 8
240Index Directnone 5b 2
 Girdle Traverse 
242Girdle Traverse
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none 6b **6
 Unknown or insufficient information 
244Unrepentant
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V2 **1
245Spock Does the Bump at the Space Disconone 5c **19
246Thin Flakef7A **1
247Cardboard Box Startf6C **5
248Kennard Climb
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4a 3
249Left Hand Eliminatef7A+ *2
250Left Hand Eliminate 2f7A *2
251Tobacco Road Extensionf6B+ *3
252Thin Flake Sit Start
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f7A+ *1
253Chalet Slab Right (easier finish)none 4c 2
254Conway's Crack
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4c 2
255Chalet Slab Far Left To Chimneynone 3a 1
256Hot Cross BunM 1b **5
257Marmite
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f3 **3
258Them monkey thing Leftf7A+ *1
259Pete's Bowle's Eliminatef7B 1
260Sonic Bluef7B 2
261Phasisf7C ***5
 Southern Sandstone Bouldering Guide Problems 
2633f3 2
264Problem 21 SSBf7B *1
265Problem 23 SSB
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f6B+ 1
266Problem 31f4+ 1
267Problem 36 Drosophila startf5 4
268Problem 39 - Coathanger startf6A 4
269SS Bouldering Problem 41
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f6C *1
270Problem 42f6B 3
271Problem 43f6A+ 12
272Problem 47f6B+ *2
273Problem 57f6A+ 2
274Route 59V0- 7
275Route 60V0 6
276Problem 61 SSB
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f4 3
277Problem 62f6A+ 5
278Problem 63f6B 2
279The Weed Roadf7A *1
280Problem 32 SSBf6C+ **1
281Problem 54 SSB
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f5 2
282Route 64f4 4
283Route 65V0+ 3
284Route 66V0- 4
285Problem 67 SSB
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f4+ 5
286Problem 69 SSBf6A 2
287Route 70V0- 2
288Problem 92 SSB
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f4+ 1
289Problem 93 SSB
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f3+ 1
290Problem 53 SSB
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f5 2
291Problem 58 SSBf5+ 6
292Route79V3 8
293Route 80f6A 2
294SS Boulder Problem 85f6A+ 2
295Problem 86 SSBf6C+ *2
296Route 86 no dyno 5+ variantf5+ 3
297SS Boulder Problem 87f6B 1
298Problem 94 SSB
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f4 1
299Problem 95 SSB
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f3+ 1
300Problem 96 SSB
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f3 1
301Problem 97 SSB
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f4 3
302Problem 98 SSB
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f4+ 3
303Problem 99 SSBf6A *1
304Problem 102 SSB
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f5 2
305Problem 103 SSB
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f5 2
306Problem 104 SSB
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f4+ 2
307Problem 105f5 5
308Problem 106f5+ 6
309Problem 107f6A 8
310Problem 108f6A 8
311Problem 109 SSB
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f6A+ 2
312Problem 112f5+ 4
313Problem 116 SSB
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f4+ 2
314Route 117V0 3
315Route 118V0- 2
316Problem 121 Ssbf6C 2
317Problem 122 SSBf5+ 7
318Problem 111f6A+ 1
319Problem 114f5 1
320Problem 120f5 1

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