Climbs 293
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 £4 for adults before 5pm, £3 after 5pm and £2 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 2
4Unnamed Mantleshelfnone 5a 3
5British Bulldognone 4c 3
6Bull's Nose
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none 4c 12
7Toreadornone 5c 1
8Badger's Head
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none 4b 16
9Unnamednone 2a 4
10Hibiscus
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none 3b 5
11Helter Skelter
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none 5a 11
12Chalet Slab Left
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none 3b *56
13Chalet Slab Direct
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none 5c *28
14Chalet Slab Direct (traversing off)none 4b *25
15Chalet Slab Right
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none 5b 32
16Mohrenkop
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none 5c *9
17Two Stepnone 5b 2
 Netwall Area (Amphitheatre Left) 
19Roman Nosenone 4b 11
20Umbilicusnone 5c *12
21Fallen Angelsnone 6a 1
22Geoff's Routenone 6b 1
23Geoffrey Moon Esquiref6A  
24Blue Moonnone 6a 1
25991.8 Daysnone 6a 1
26Court's Climbnone 4c 6
27Grotty Groovenone 2a 20
28Running Jumpnone 2b 43
29Scirocco Slabnone 4b *77
30Scirocco Variationsnone 5a 13
31Netwallnone 4a *98
32Net Surfingnone 4a 13
33Corner Laybacknone 4c 74
34Maybe when you're olderf7B 5
35Zoomnone 6b 2
36Santa's Clawsnone 4c 61
37Knucklebonesnone 6b 1
38Coast to Coastnone 6b  
39The Firmnone 6a 1
40Chelsea Chimneynone 2a 15
 Reclamation Slab/Banana Area 
42Reclaimednone 5c 3
43Reclamation Gullynone 1a 61
44Reclamation Slab Leftnone 3b *141
45Reclamation Slapnone 5c 44
46Reclamation Slipnone 5b 12
47Reclamation Slab Rightnone 2b **237
48Mental Balancenone 6a 3
49Cenotaph Corner IInone 5b 7
50High Traversenone 4c *32
51Slyme Crymenone 6a 2
52Banana
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none 6a **220
53Banana Hammockf6C 12
54Proboscisnone 6a 1
55Drosophilanone 5b **250
56Urban Jocknone 6a 2
57Babylon
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none 4b *50
58T.N.T.none 5c 15
 Fandango 
60Coathangernone 5c *88
61Fandango Direct Startf6A *22
62Fandangonone 5c ***132
63Fandango Centralnone 6a 5
64Fandango Right Handnone 6a ***63
65Fandango Right Hand Direct Startf7A 5
66Lucky Strikef7A **1
67Fandango Right Hand Direct Sit Startf7C  
68Pastry Directf7B+ 1
69Pastrynone 5c 6
70Poff Pastrynone 6b 2
71Tobacco Roadf6B **41
72Nicotine Alleyf7A 53
73Sugarplumf6A 7
74Icarusnone 6a 1
75Skiffle
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none 3a *114
76Orr Traverse
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none 5c *34
77Mick's Wall Aretenone 6a 45
78Mick's Wallnone 5b 104
79London Pridenone 6c  
80Kemp's Delight
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none 4b *186
81Mick's Wall Variationnone 6a 14
82Grotto Chimneynone 2b 36
 Temptation Area (Amphitheatre Right) 
84Pedestal to Grotto Chimney Traversenone 6a *4
85Patella
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none 6a *47
86Kinnard
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none 6b **5
87Nutella
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none 6b *3
88Temptation
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none 6b ***43
89Pedestal Problemf7B 5
90Digitalisnone 6a ***65
91Serenade Arete
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none 6a **71
92Inspiration
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none 5c **86
93The Thing
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none 6b *20
94The Fridgef6C+ 2
95Juanita
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none 6a *55
96Sappernone 4c **286
97Sapper (Inspiration alternative)none 5b **34
98Sapper (overhang start)f5+ 37
99One Nighternone 6c 2
100Burlapnone 5b **214
101Burlap Eliminatenone 6a 13
102Yoyo
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none 4a **327
103White Verdict/The Ly'innone 6b 34
104Meager's Right Handnone 5c 85
105Sing Singnone 3a 131
 Salamander Slab Area 
107Manitanone 5c 33
108Jackienone 5b *118
109Jackie Alternative Finishnone 6a 7
110Murph's Mount
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none 5a *53
111Neronone 5c 20
112Salamander Slabnone 5c *27
113The Twilight Zonenone 6b  
114Cheese Sandwichnone 6a  
115Peter's Perseverancenone 5a **24
116Pegasus
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none 5a ***15
117Perspirationnone 5c *76
118Boiling Pointnone 6b 1
119Them Monkey Thingsnone 6c 3
 Carbide Finger Area (The Overhang) 
121Carbide Finger
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none 6c **6
122Cardboard Boxnone 6b *28
123Bubble Wrapnone 6a  
124Thieving Gypsiesnone 6a 5
125Swastikanone 5b *24
126Nightmarenone 6a *12
127Recurring Nightmarenone 6b  
128Abracadabranone 5a 102
 Range Wall 
130Conjurornone 6a 31
131Karaf6B 7
132Ricochet
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none 4b **198
133Kalashnikovnone 5b 12
134Four-by-Two
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none 5a *191
135Four-By-Two Direct Startnone 6a 7
136Pull Throughnone 5b *214
137Pull Through Direct Startnone 6a 16
138Lee Enfieldnone 5c *149
139Targetnone 5c **73
140Target Directf6A+ **12
 Devaluation Buttress 
142The Big Stretchnone 5c 7
143Cave Cracknone 5a *91
144Cave Crack Nose Finishnone 5c 5
145E.S. Cadet Nosenone 5b *199
146ES Cadet Nose Sit Startf6B 14
147E.S. Cadet Nose Directnone 5c 8
148Skallagriggnone 6c 2
149Devaluationnone 5b ***404
150Devaluation Traversef7A *3
151Sandmannone 6b **67
152Charlie's Chimney
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none 3a *63
 Pig's Nose Area 
154Lovenone 6a *22
155Hatenone 6a ***177
156Upside Downiesnone 6b 6
157Pig's Earnone 5c ***291
158Watson-Wattnone 6b 3
159T.T.none 5b 200
160Pig's Nosenone 5a ***579
161Kofflernone 5c *53
162Gully Wallnone 5a 27
163Birch Cracknone 1b 81
 Funnel Area 
165Chrisnone 5c 54
166Kennard's Climbnone 4a *111
167Ribnone 5c 77
168Dib
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none 4a *115
169Corbett Slabnone 4a *112
170Pedant's Slabnone 4c 21
171The Scouternone 3a 40
172Nelson's Columnnone 5a *144
173Dival's Diversionnone 5b *198
174Funnel
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none 4a **244
175Coolcaringernone 5b 11
176UNnone 5c *102
177Chelsea Traversenone 4a 13
178Wells's Reachnone 3a **89
179The Wreckernone 6c * 
180One of Our Buzzards is Missingnone 6b *3
181Harden Gully
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none 2a *67
 Fragile Wall Area 
183A Process of Eliminationf6B *2
184Sylvie's Slab
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none 4b *183
185Six Foot
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none 4c *221
186Larchant
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none 5a *288
187Hennessy Heights
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none 5b *236
188August Variationnone 5c 50
189October
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none 4c *165
190Fragile Wall
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none 4a **164
191Fragile Arete
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none 5a *109
192Fragile Armsf6A 8
193Escalatornone 5a 53
194Elevatornone 5a 23
195Pop's Chimneynone 4b 28
196Renison Gullynone 3a 60
197Lawson Traversenone 4a *13
198The Lawson Extensionnone 5b 5
 Clark's Cap 
200Finalenone 6a 20
201Alkanone 4c *179
202Morpheusnone 6a 5
203Seltzernone 5b *126
204Encorenone 5c 21
205Zugabenone 6b 3
206¡Otra!none 5c 3
 Easy Gully Area 
208Novembernone 1b 70
209Baby Bouldernone 4b 35
210Easy Gullynone 1a 59
211Ballerinanone 3c 70
212Red Pegnone 2a 98
213Clairenone 3a 77
214Barham Bouldernone 4a 46
215Rad's Cliffnone 5a 38
216Muddy Gullynone 1a 9
217Bovrilnone 4b 67
218Wallynone 4b 55
219Wally Right Handnone 5a 10
220Oliver's Twistnone 5c 27
221Nealon'snone 4c **121
222Winstonnone 4c 1
223The Lady in Mink's Left Glovenone 6b 2
224A Lady in Minknone 6a 14
225Mercator's Projectionnone 3a 4
226Healynone 3a 2
227Bennnone 5a 2
228Wilsonnone 2b 3
229Heathnone 2a 3
 Bowles Buttress 
231Pat's Progressnone 4a 6
232Dubonnetnone 4b 5
233Williams Laybacknone 2a 9
234Free Willynone 3a 6
235Indexnone 4b 7
236Index Directnone 5b 2
 Girdle Traverse 
238Girdle Traverse
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none 6b **6
 Unknown or insufficient information 
240Unrepentant
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V2 **1
241Spock Does the Bump at the Space Disconone 5c **19
242Thin Flakef7A **1
243Right wing bananaf6B 3
244Cardboard Box Startf6C **5
245Kennard Climb
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4a 3
2463f3 2
247Left Hand Eliminatef7A+ *2
248Left Hand Eliminate 2f7A *2
249Tobacco Road Extensionf6B+ *3
250Thin Flake Sit Start
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f7A+ *1
251Chalet Slab Right (easier finish)none 4c 2
252Conway's Crack
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4c 2
253Chalet Slab Far Left To Chimneynone 3a 1
254Hot Cross BunM 1b **3
255Marmite
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f3 **3
256Them monkey thing Leftf7A+ *1
257Pete's Bowle's Eliminatef7B 1
258Sonic Bluef7B 2
259Phasisf7C ***5
 Southern Sandstone Bouldering Guide Problems 
261Problem 21 SSBf7B *1
262Problem 23 SSB
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f6B+ 1
263SS Bouldering Problem 41
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f6C *1
264Problem 42f6B 3
265Problem 43f6A+ 6
266Route 59V0- 3
267Route 60V0 1
268Problem 61 SSB
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f4 1
269Problem 62f6A+ 2
270The Weed Roadf7A *1
271Problem 32 SSBf6C+ **1
272Problem 54 SSB
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f5 1
273Route 64f4 1
274Route 65V0+ 2
275Route 66V0- 2
276Route 70V0- 2
277Problem 92 SSB
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f4+ 1
278Problem 93 SSB
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f3+ 1
279Problem 53 SSB
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f5 1
280Problem 58 SSB
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f5+ 2
281Problem 66 SSB
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f4+ 1
282Problem 67 SSB
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f4+ 3
283Route79V3 8
284Route 80f6A 2
285SS Boulder Problem 85f6A+ 2
286Problem 86 SSBf6C+ *2
287Route 86 no dyno 5+ variantf5+ 2
288SS Boulder Problem 87f6B 1
289Problem 94 SSB
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f4 1
290Problem 95 SSB
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f3+ 1
291Problem 96 SSB
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f3 1
292Problem 97 SSB
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f4 1
293Problem 98 SSB
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f4+ 1
294Problem 102 SSB
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f5 1
295Problem 103 SSB
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f5 1
296Problem 104 SSB
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f4+ 1
297Problem 105f5 2
298Problem 106f5+ 3
299Problem 107f6A 5
300Problem 108f6A 5
301Problem 109 SSB
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f6A+  
302Problem 112f5+ 2
303Problem 116 SSB
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f4+ 1
304Route 117V0 2
305Route 118V0- 2
306Problem 121 Ssbf6C 2
307Problem 122 SSBf5+ 6

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