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Bowden Doors

Northumberland, ENGLAND

Climbs 281 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 170m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
A half-mile or so of superb 7-15m climbs, of all grades, but tending to the technical. The crag is a local summit, rarely wet and quick drying; ideal for year-round exercise. At the northern end, the rock is overhung in the shape of a breaking wave - really rather eerie. Good views of the coast from the top. Bowden is part of the same outcrop as Back Bowden Doors (about a mile away), and Kyloe Crags (10km north; 15km by road). [Simon Smith]

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Guidebooks
Northumberland Bouldering Guide (2008), Northern England (2008), Northumberland Climbing Guide (2004),
Out of print: Northumberland (1989)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
 THE BOULDERS  
2Ravine Slopersf6B 4
3Ravine Flakef6A 7
4Problem 35f6B 3
5Born Lippyf8A *4
6Pulp Frictionf7C+ *1
7The Fan Leftf6A 4
8The Fan Centralf6A 5
9The Fan Rightf6A 4
10Outer Limits Direct FinishE2 5c 2
11Outer LimitsE2 5c **3
12Childs Playf6B **189
13Playtimef6A 15
14Offwidthf4 5
15Parisienne Walkwaysf6C 5
16Entrebaillementf6A 66
17Bottomf6A 9
18Problem 24f6A 5
19Problem 23f5+ 20
20Problem 22 (Bottom Area)f4 22
21Problem 21f5 13
22Sandy Scoopf6A 5
23Alfie Thorntonf7C+ 2
24The Crack SSf8A+ 1
25The Crackf7C+ **14
26The Whackf6B 1
27The Lightbulbf6A 187
28Sheep Pen Traversef4 39
29Cornerf4 77
30Blind Seamf5 88
31Dreaming of Heucof4 97
32Paw Printsf3 98
33Hanging Ribf4 89
34Sheep Pen Scoopf3 86
35Semantronf7B+ ** 
36The Mantleshelff7A 64
37Sandy Ribf5+ 96
38Scooped Wallf6B ***181
39Sandy Aretef4+ 37
40Scooped Wall LHf4+ 34
41Scooped Wall RHf5 28
42Apple Crumblef6A *2
43LH Flakef4 58
44RH Flakef5 41
45Black Wallf5+ 10
46Pathside Boulder Traversef6A 5
 WARM UP WALL  
48Warmed up and Worn Out Circuitf6C 2
49Warm Up Traversef6A 17
50Endf5+ 39
51Wallf5 49
52The Crescent Flakef6A 33
53Groovef4 51
54Short Slabf5 47
55Evening WallMS 4b 66
 THE SCOOPS  
57Another Heap of itHVS 5c 6
58Finale WallE1 5c 6
59Scoop ThreeE1 5b 31
60LibertyE3 6a 1
61Scoop TwoE1 5c *25
62Toffs Variation StartE3 6b 2
63Toffsf7A 10
64Toffs (full route)E3 6b 1
65Toff's Jumpf7A 15
66Bourgeoisief8A+ ** 
67Working Classf8A+ ***5
68Working Class SSf8B **3
69Second Classf7C 1
70Poverty (full route)E5 6c *3
71Povertyf7A+ *19
72Poverty Right-Handf7B **17
73His Eminencef7A+ ***58
74His Eminence (start only)f6B *77
75Stu's Variationf7A 14
76Scoop OneE1 5b *33
77The JudgeE3 6a *6
78The TrialE3 5c ***73
79The JuryE3 5c *8
80Bloody CrackVS 5a *15
81Aretef5 22
82Bloody NoseHS 5a *160
83The ShinerVS 5b 54
 THE WAVE  
85The SkateE1 5c 10
86Flying Fishf6A+ *45
87Flying Stagf7B 2
88The StingE3 5c ***11
89Honeycomb Wallf7C+ *1
90Honeycomb wall SSf8A+ *** 
91Manukaf8A ** 
92Manta LHf7B 40
93Manta Directf6C 9
94Manta RHf6B 53
95The MantaE3 6a ***34
96Viennaf7B+ ***32
97Vienna SSf8A 2
98Undertowf7C 1
99Rising DampE4 6b **1
100Inner SpaceE5 6b **1
101High TideE5 6a **1
102The WaveE5 6a **2
103Captain Haddock LHf7A *6
104Captain Haddockf7B *38
105Rough PassageE6 6b ***1
106Poseidon AdventureE4 6a ***39
107NarcosisE6 6c 1
108Growlersf8A 1
109The BendsE5 6c *4
110Rip the LipE6 6a 1
111Green CrackE1 5b *11
 BARBARIAN  
113Atillaf7C  
114Staggeredf7B ***22
115Staggered SSf8A **1
116Jimbo's off to Ozf7B+ 1
117BarbarianE5 6b ***2
 THE CAVE  
119Underdog Traversef8A+ 1
120Sprungf7C *34
121Cave LH Problemf6B **82
122Left of Centref7A+ **1
123Cave Central LHf7A **25
124Cave Central RHf6C+ **17
125V Crimpsf7C ***16
126Cave RH Problemf6B+ **68
127Cave Traversef5+ 19
128See you in DisneylandE3 6a 1
129Giants EarVS 5a 33
130Shoulders of Giantsf7C 1
131Shoulders of Giants Dynof7A 7
132Bulls LugE2 6a 4
133Robbers RibVS 5b 8
 CRUNCHE WALL  
135RH Aretef4+ 28
136Middle Problemf4 49
137LH Problemf4+ 41
138Little Boulder Traversef6A 11
139Arrow CrackVD 52
140Billy LiarE2 5c 4
141Crunchie Traversef5 69
142Crunchie (full route)E2 5c **56
143Crunchief6A+ **42
144Temptation (full route)E3 6b *4
145Temptationf7B+ **15
146Blind WallS 4a *71
147Hanging CrackE1 5b *36
 Climb nameGradex
148Cruel DudeE4 5c 1
149BoomerE4 5c *1
150No SurrenderE4 6a 1
151Brothers in ArmsE5 6b 1
152RetreatE1 5b 4
 BANANA WALL + TIGER WALL  
154Wall EndVD 58
155Wall End DirectHS 4c *64
156Yellow PerilE2 5c 16
157The RunnelHVS 5a *214
158Banana WallMVS 4c **349
159AbananaE1 5c **90
160Abanana Wallf5+ *19
161Banana GrooveHVS 5a 60
162Black CrackVD 185
163Red CrackHS 4c 55
164LeoE2 5b *13
165Tiger's WallVS 5a ***430
166Tigers Wall Circuitf5+ 11
167The CheetahE2 5c 6
168The RajahE5 6b ***7
169The Radgyf7C ** 
170Antihydralf8A 1
171ImageryE4 6b 1
172Slab CrackE1 5b *19
 LORRAINE  
174Don't Let Go Aretef7C 1
175Don't Let Go Direct StartE2 6c 2
176Don't Let GoE2 5c *27
177Dont Let Go Variationf5+ 3
178Lorraine Wall Traversef6A 8
179LorraineVS 4c ***479
180Lorraine (start only)f5 ***26
181Little Red RoosterE1 5c *96
182RuntVS 5a 36
183Pride Before a FallVS 5a 17
184Crescent WallMS 4b *144
185PitchforkE2 5c 5
186Pitcher WallHVS 5a *58
187Picher Wall DirectE1 5c 13
188The KeepE1 5b 5
189The Belford Pie ShopE3 6a 3
190Castle CrackVD ***783
191BellaE2 5c 6
192Sue DirectHVS 5b 51
193SueS 4c *245
194Flake WallD 120
195Flake ChimneyD 56
 CASTLE WALL + SCORPION  
197Castle WallMS 4b 243
198Wall CrackMVS 4c 54
199Triple CracksHS 4b *227
200Short CrackVD 48
201Creepy Crawlyf6A 8
202The Harvest Bugf6A 17
203Listen to the RainE4 5c 5
204Woolman's WallVS 5a *101
205The LobsterE2 5c 16
206Crab WallHS 4b *247
207ScorpionVS 4c **567
208NutcrackerHVS 5c 64
209Brutally HandsomeE2 5c 13
210Nose ChimneyD 44
211Broken CrackE2 5c 9
 LEANING GROOVES  
213Blocked Chimney CornerHS 4c 111
214Second Leaning GrooveVS 5a **264
215First Leaning GrooveHVS 5a **162
216Street RunnerE4 5c *5
217The Big Splash Direct FinishE3 5c 4
218The Big SplashE2 5c 19
219Hanging Flakef6A 7
220Flake Eliminatef7A **14
221Long JohnS 4c 73
222Transformer LHf7B+ **39
223Transformer Direct Startf7A **75
224Transformer (full route)E2 5c *17
225Transformerf6A+ **96
226Transformer RHf6C 24
227Jackdaw CrackHVS 5b *20
228Long CrackHVS 5a **106
229First CenturyE3 6a *4
230Klondyke WallE2 5c **159
231Canada CrackHVS 5a ***450
232Quatra TwinkleyE3 6a 2
233Dog Eat Dogf7A **125
234One Movef7A+ *8
235Canada DryVS 5a 48
236Family PressureE1 5c 41
237Heaven Can WaitE6 6b 2
 OVERHANGING CRACK  
239Go To Hellf7A+ **3
240Nature's Angryf7B+ *** 
241Death Knellf7B 3
242Hangover WallE5 6b 1
243The Overhanging CrackE2 5c ***150
244Scoop Traversef7A **31
245Russet GrooveVD ***1089
246Red NoseVS 4c 49
247Exhibition CrackHS 4c *393
248Brown Ale WallE1 5b 26
249Guards ExitVD *321
250Guards Exit Directf6A 10
251Pinkie PeelerVS 5a 17
252Girdle Traverse of the Main WallVS 4c 16
253The CornerHVS 5a 62
 MAIN WALL  
255Maginot LineE3 6a 1
256Crater MakerE4 6a 5
257Flake CrackS 4b 337
258A Grave MaskE4 6a 1
259Goose StepE3 6a **6
260Kaiser BillE4 6b *4
261Grovel Grove Variation FinishHVS 5a 22
262Grovel GrooveMS *532
263Please Stop Me Before I Kill MyselfE3 6b 1
264The GauleiterE3 6a **8
265The ScoopVS ***706
266Red Wall Traversef5+ 4
267Black and Tan DirectE2 6a 26
268Black and Tan Alternative FinishHVS 5a 47
269Black and TanS 4b **702
270Black and Tan Directf6B+ 5
271Jock Strap (Y-Front LH Finish)f6B+ 25
272Y-Front SSf6B 10
273Y-Frontf6A+ **216
274Y-Front Directf7A ***87
275Y-Front Aretef7B+ 7
276X-Firef6C+ 4
277Second StaircaseD 325
278Deception CrackVD 330
279Stretcher WallE1 5c *126
280The ViperE1 6a 57
281Hissing SidE1 5c 11
282Main Wall EliminateHVS 5b 125
283Main WallHVS 5b ***407
284Handrail Eliminatef5+ 9
285Handrail EliminateHVS 5c 27
286HandrailVS 4c ***295
287Eliminate SSf6A 5
288Eliminatef5 13
289Introductory StaircaseM 209
290Banister CrackVD 91
291Main Wall Traversef5 10
292Main Wall Low Level Traversef7A 3
293Klondyke Wall Circuit *f5+ 1
294Cave central direct *V6 **1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
Access notes
From the A1, the crag lies to the west. Find Belford (25Km south of Berwick, 15km north of Alnwick) and take the B6349 signed to Wooler, from the centre of the village. After passing a right turn (or fork) after 4km, continue for 200 yards or so until you surmount a small hill and reach a short plateau; park on the grass verge. The crags - not particularly obvious from the road - are through a farm gate on the right, set back 100 yards across a cow-field.

>From the A697, the crag lies to the east. Find Wooler, and take the B6348 signed to Belford. After about 3.5km, the road takes a 90 degree right turn, and after another 300 yards or so, you should take a left turn onto the B6349 signed Belford. Continue for about 6km until you climb a small hill and find the plateau; park on the verge. The crag is to your left. [Simon Smith]

Do not block the gates to the fields as they are in constant use by the farmer.
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