Climbs 305
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 *62
13Chalet Slab Direct
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none 5c *29
14Chalet Slab Direct (traversing off)none 4b *26
15Chalet Slab Right
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none 5b 35
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 24
28Running Jumpnone 2b 45
29Scirocco Slabnone 4b *83
30Scirocco Variationsnone 5a 13
31Netwallnone 4a *105
32Knitwallnone 4a 13
33Corner Laybacknone 4c 79
34Maybe when you're olderf7B 6
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 64
45Reclamation Slab Leftnone 3b *146
46Reclamation Slapnone 5c 47
47Reclamation Slipnone 5b 12
48Reclamation Slab Rightnone 2b **247
49Mental Balancenone 6a 4
50Cenotaph Corner IInone 5b 8
51High Traversenone 4c *34
52Slyme Crymenone 6a 2
53Banana
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none 6a **234
54Banana Hammockf6C 12
55Right wing bananaf6B 3
56Proboscisnone 6a 1
57Drosophilanone 5b **270
58Urban Jocknone 6a 2
59Babylonnone 4b *51
60T.N.T.none 5c 17
 Fandango 
62Coathangernone 5c *92
63Fandango Direct Startf6A *23
64Fandangonone 5c ***126
65Fandango Centralnone 6a 5
66Fandango Right Handnone 6a ***61
67Fandango Right Hand Direct Startf7A 5
68Lucky Strikef7A **1
69Fandango Right Hand Direct Sit Startf7C  
70Pastry Directf7B+ 2
71Pastrynone 5c 9
72Poff Pastrynone 6b 2
73Tobacco Roadf6B **46
74Nicotine Alleyf7A 56
75Sugarplumf6A 7
76Icarusnone 6a 1
77Skiffle
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none 3a *122
78Orr Traverse
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none 5c *37
79Mick's Wall Aretenone 6a 48
80Mick's Wallnone 5b 114
81London Pridenone 6c  
82Kemp's Delight
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none 4b *194
83Mick's Wall Variationnone 6a 16
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 ***66
93Serenade Arete
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none 6a **74
94Inspiration
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none 5c **86
95The Thing
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none 6b *20
96The Fridgef6C+ 3
97Juanita
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none 6a *60
98Sappernone 4c **307
99Sapper (Inspiration alternative)none 5b **34
100Sapper (overhang start)f5+ 37
101One Nighternone 6c 2
102Burlapnone 5b **227
103Burlap Eliminatenone 6a 13
104Yoyo
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none 4a **336
105White Verdict/The Ly'innone 6b 35
106Meager's Right Handnone 5c 89
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 **204
135Kalashnikovnone 5b 13
136Four-by-Two
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none 5a *199
137Four-By-Two Direct Startnone 6a 7
138Pull Throughnone 5b *222
139Pull Through Direct Startnone 6a 16
140Lee Enfieldnone 5c *156
141Targetnone 5c **81
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 *212
149ES Cadet Nose Sit Startf6B 14
150E.S. Cadet Nose Directnone 5c 9
151Skallagriggnone 6c 2
152Devaluationnone 5b ***418
153Devaluation Traversef7A *3
154Sandmannone 6b **70
155Charlie's Chimney
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none 3a *65
 Pig's Nose Area 
157Lovenone 6a *22
158Hatenone 6a ***178
159Upside Downiesnone 6b 6
160Pig's Earnone 5c ***312
161Watson-Wattnone 6b 3
162T.T.none 5b **214
163Pig's Nosenone 5a ***621
164Kofflernone 5c *56
165Gully Wallnone 5a 29
166Birch Cracknone 1b 88
 Funnel Area 
168Chrisnone 5c 58
169Kennard's Climbnone 4a *118
170Ribnone 5c 81
171Problem 34 - Banana startf4+ 2
172Dib
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none 4a *122
173Corbett's Nosenone 4a **1
174Corbett Slabnone 4a *119
175Pedant's Slabnone 4c 22
176The Scouternone 3a 42
177Nelson's Columnnone 5a *153
178Dival's Diversionnone 5b *218
179Funnel
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none 4a **261
180Coolcaringernone 5b 12
181UNnone 5c *112
182Chelsea Traversenone 4a 15
183Wells's Reachnone 3a **93
184The Wreckernone 6c * 
185One of Our Buzzards is Missingnone 6b *3
186Harden Gully
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none 2a *71
 Fragile Wall Area 
188A Process of Eliminationf6B *2
189Sylvie's Slab
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none 4b *192
190Six Foot
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none 4c *233
191Larchant
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none 5a *313
192Hennessy Heights
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none 5b *252
193August Variationnone 5c 56
194October
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none 4c *180
195Fragile Wall
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none 4a **180
196Fragile Arete
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none 5a *118
197Fragile Armsf6A 8
198Escalatornone 5a 59
199Elevatornone 5a 24
200Pop's Chimneynone 4b 33
201Renison Gullynone 3a 63
202Lawson Traversenone 4a *14
203The Lawson Extensionnone 5b 6
 Clark's Cap 
205Finalenone 6a 21
206Alkanone 4c *187
207Morpheusnone 6a 5
208Seltzernone 5b *131
209Encorenone 5c 23
210Zugabenone 6b 3
211¡Otra!none 5c 3
 Easy Gully Area 
213Novembernone 1b 75
214Baby Bouldernone 4b 39
215Easy Gullynone 1a 68
216Ballerinanone 3c 76
217Red Pegnone 2a 105
218Clairenone 3a 82
219Barham Bouldernone 4a 51
220Rad's Cliffnone 5a 41
221Muddy Gullynone 1a 9
222Bovrilnone 4b 74
223Wallynone 4b 61
224Wally Right Handnone 5a 11
225Oliver's Twistnone 5c 30
226Nealon'snone 4c **128
227Winstonnone 4c 1
228The Lady in Mink's Left Glovenone 6b 2
229A Lady in Minknone 6a 15
230Mercator's Projectionnone 3a 5
231Healynone 3a 3
232Bennnone 5a 4
233Wilsonnone 2b 4
234Heathnone 2a 4
 Bowles Buttress 
236Pat's Progressnone 4a 7
237Dubonnetnone 4b 6
238Williams Laybacknone 2a 10
239Free Willynone 3a 7
240Indexnone 4b 8
241Index Directnone 5b 2
 Girdle Traverse 
243Girdle Traverse
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none 6b **6
 Unknown or insufficient information 
245Unrepentant
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V2 **1
246Spock Does the Bump at the Space Disconone 5c **19
247Thin Flakef7A **1
248Cardboard Box Startf6C **5
249Kennard Climb
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4a 3
250Left Hand Eliminatef7A+ *2
251Left Hand Eliminate 2f7A *2
252Tobacco Road Extensionf6B+ *3
253Thin Flake Sit Start
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f7A+ *1
254Chalet Slab Right (easier finish)none 4c 2
255Conway's Crack
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4c 2
256Chalet Slab Far Left To Chimneynone 3a 1
257Hot Cross BunM 1b **5
258Marmite
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f3 **3
259Them monkey thing Leftf7A+ *1
260Pete's Bowle's Eliminatef7B 1
261Sonic Bluef7B 3
262Phasisf7C ***5
 Southern Sandstone Bouldering Guide Problems 
2643f3 2
265Problem 21 SSBf7B *1
266Problem 23 SSB
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f6B+ 2
267Problem 31f4+ 1
268Problem 36 Drosophila startf5 6
269Problem 39 - Coathanger startf6A 5
270SS Bouldering Problem 41
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f6C *1
271Problem 42f6B 6
272Problem 43f6A+ 15
273Problem 47f6B+ *4
274Problem 51 SSBf6B+ 1
275Problem 57f6A+ 2
276Route 59V0- 8
277Route 60V0 7
278Problem 61 SSB
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f4 4
279Problem 62f6A+ 8
280Problem 63f6B 2
281The Weed Roadf7A *1
282Problem 32 SSBf6C+ **1
283Problem 54 SSB
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f5 2
284Route 64f4 5
285Route 65V0+ 3
286Route 66V0- 4
287Problem 67 SSB
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f4+ 5
288Problem 69 SSBf6A 2
289Route 70V0- 2
290Problem 92 SSB
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f4+ 1
291Problem 93 SSB
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f3+ 1
292Problem 53 SSB
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f5 2
293Problem 58 SSBf5+ 6
294Route79V3 9
295Route 80f6A 2
296SS Boulder Problem 85f6A+ 3
297Problem 86 SSBf6C+ *2
298Route 86 no dyno 5+ variantf5+ 4
299SS Boulder Problem 87f6B 1
300Problem 88 SSBf6A 1
301Problem 94 SSB
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f4 1
302Problem 95 SSB
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f3+ 1
303Problem 96 SSB
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f3 1
304Problem 97 SSB
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f4 3
305Problem 98 SSB
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f4+ 3
306Problem 99 SSBf6A *1
307Problem 102 SSB
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f5 2
308Problem 103 SSB
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f5 2
309Problem 104 SSB
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f4+ 2
310Problem 105f5 5
311Problem 106f5+ 6
312Problem 107f6A 8
313Problem 108f6A 8
314Problem 109 SSB
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f6A+ 2
315Problem 112f5+ 4
316Problem 116 SSB
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f4+ 2
317Route 117V0 3
318Route 118V0- 2
319Problem 121 Ssbf6C 2
320Problem 122 SSBf5+ 7
321Problem 111f6A+ 1
322Problem 114f5 1
323Problem 120f5 1

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