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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]

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.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

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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

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 Climb nameGradex
 THE BOULDERS  
2Ravine Slopersf6B 4
3Ravine Flakef6A 8
4Problem 35f6B 3
5Born Lippyf8A *5
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 **191
13Playtimef6A 16
14Offwidthf4 8
15Parisienne Walkwaysf6C 5
16Entrebaillementf6A 70
17Bottomf6A 11
18Problem 24f6A 6
19Problem 23f5+ 23
20Problem 22 (Bottom Area)f4 27
21Problem 21f5 16
22Sandy Scoopf6A 5
23Alfie Thorntonf7C+ 2
24The Crack SSf8A+ 1
25The Crackf7C+ **15
26The Whackf6B 1
27The Lightbulbf6A 197
28Sheep Pen Traversef4 44
29Cornerf4 83
30Blind Seamf5 95
31Dreaming of Heucof4 105
32Paw Printsf3 106
33Hanging Ribf4 97
34Sheep Pen Scoopf3 94
35Semantronf7B+ ** 
36The Mantleshelff7A 68
37Sandy Ribf5+ 104
38Scooped Wallf6B ***191
39Sandy Aretef4+ 40
40Scooped Wall LHf4+ 40
41Scooped Wall RHf5 32
42Apple Crumblef6A *2
43LH Flakef4 68
44RH Flakef5 48
45Black Wallf5+ 13
46Pathside Boulder Traversef6A 8
 WARM UP WALL  
48Warmed up and Worn Out Circuitf6C 2
49Warm Up Traversef6A 19
50Endf5+ 43
51Wallf5 52
52The Crescent Flakef6A 37
53Groovef4 57
54Short Slabf5 50
55Evening WallMS 4b 69
 THE SCOOPS  
57Another Heap of itHVS 5c 6
58Finale WallE1 5c 6
59Scoop ThreeE1 5b 31
60LibertyE3 6a 1
61Scoop TwoE1 5c *27
62Toffs Variation StartE3 6b 2
63Toffsf7A 10
64Toffs (full route)E3 6b 1
65Toff's Jumpf7A 16
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+ ***59
74His Eminence (start only)f6B *84
75Stu's Variationf7A 14
76Scoop OneE1 5b *33
77The JudgeE3 6a *6
78The TrialE3 5c ***76
79The JuryE3 5c *8
80Bloody CrackVS 5a *15
81Aretef5 23
82Bloody NoseHS 5a *167
83The ShinerVS 5b 56
 THE WAVE  
85The SkateE1 5c 11
86Flying Fishf6A+ *48
87Flying Stagf7B 2
88The StingE3 5c ***12
89Honeycomb Wallf7C+ *1
90Honeycomb wall SSf8A+ *** 
91Manukaf8A ** 
92Manta LHf7B 40
93Manta Directf6C 9
94Manta RHf6B 58
95The MantaE3 6a ***35
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 *40
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 *35
121Cave LH Problemf6B **87
122Left of Centref7A+ **1
123Cave Central LHf7A **25
124Cave Central Directf7A **1
125Cave Central RHf6C+ **17
126V Crimpsf7C ***16
127Cave RH Problemf6B+ **73
128Cave Traversef5+ 22
129See you in DisneylandE3 6a 1
130Giants EarVS 5a 33
131Shoulders of Giantsf7C 1
132Shoulders of Giants Dynof7A 8
133Bulls LugE2 6a 4
134Robbers RibVS 5b 8
 CRUNCHE WALL  
136RH Aretef4+ 30
137Middle Problemf4 55
138LH Problemf4+ 46
139Little Boulder Traversef6A 13
140Arrow CrackVD 58
141Billy LiarE2 5c 4
142Crunchie Traversef5 72
143Crunchie (full route)E2 5c **59
144Crunchief6A+ **43
145Temptation (full route)E3 6b *4
146Temptationf7B+ **16
147Blind WallS 4a *75
 Climb nameGradex
148Hanging CrackE1 5b *36
149Cruel DudeE4 5c 1
150BoomerE4 5c *1
151No SurrenderE4 6a 1
152Brothers in ArmsE5 6b 1
153RetreatE1 5b 5
 BANANA WALL + TIGER WALL  
155Wall EndVD 68
156Wall End DirectHS 4c *68
157Yellow PerilE2 5c 16
158The RunnelHVS 5a *219
159Banana WallMVS 4c **372
160AbananaE1 5c **91
161Abanana Wallf5+ *21
162Banana GrooveHVS 5a 62
163Black CrackVD 204
164Red CrackHS 4c 55
165LeoE2 5b *14
166Tiger's WallVS 5a ***442
167Tigers Wall Circuitf5+ 12
168The CheetahE2 5c 6
169The RajahE5 6b ***7
170The Radgyf7C ** 
171Antihydralf8A 1
172ImageryE4 6b 1
173Slab CrackE1 5b *19
 LORRAINE  
175Don't Let Go Aretef7C 1
176Don't Let Go Direct StartE2 6c 2
177Don't Let GoE2 5c *28
178Dont Let Go Variationf5+ 4
179Lorraine Wall Traversef6A 12
180LorraineVS 4c ***500
181Lorraine (start only)f5 ***31
182Little Red RoosterE1 5c *102
183RuntVS 5a 38
184Pride Before a FallVS 5a 18
185Crescent WallMS 4b *155
186PitchforkE2 5c 5
187Pitcher WallHVS 5a *65
188Picher Wall DirectE1 5c 14
189The KeepE1 5b 5
190The Belford Pie ShopE3 6a 3
191Castle CrackVD ***837
192BellaE2 5c 6
193Sue DirectHVS 5b 54
194SueS 4c *259
195Flake WallD 127
196Flake ChimneyD 59
 CASTLE WALL + SCORPION  
198Castle WallMS 4b 258
199Wall CrackMVS 4c 54
200Triple CracksHS 4b *239
201Short CrackVD 51
202Creepy Crawlyf6A 8
203The Harvest Bugf6A 17
204Listen to the RainE4 5c 5
205Woolman's WallVS 5a *104
206The LobsterE2 5c 16
207Crab WallHS 4b *261
208ScorpionVS 4c **587
209NutcrackerHVS 5c 64
210Brutally HandsomeE2 5c 13
211Nose ChimneyD 47
212Broken CrackE2 5c 9
 LEANING GROOVES  
214Blocked Chimney CornerHS 4c 114
215Second Leaning GrooveVS 5a **277
216First Leaning GrooveHVS 5a **167
217Street RunnerE4 5c *5
218The Big Splash Direct FinishE3 5c 4
219The Big SplashE2 5c 20
220Hanging Flakef6A 9
221Flake Eliminatef7A **16
222Long JohnS 4c 77
223Transformer LHf7B+ **40
224Transformer Direct Startf7A **80
225Transformer (full route)E2 5c *19
226Transformerf6A+ **101
227Transformer RHf6C 25
228Jackdaw CrackHVS 5b *22
229Long CrackHVS 5a **109
230First CenturyE3 6a *5
231Klondyke WallE2 5c **164
232Klondyke Wall Circuitf5+ 2
233Canada CrackHVS 5a ***465
234Quatra TwinkleyE3 6a 2
235Dog Eat Dogf7A **130
236One Movef7A+ *8
237Canada DryVS 5a 49
238Family PressureE1 5c 45
239Heaven Can WaitE6 6b 2
 OVERHANGING CRACK  
241Go To Hellf7A+ **3
242Nature's Angryf7B+ *** 
243Death Knellf7B 3
244Hangover WallE5 6b 1
245The Overhanging CrackE2 5c ***158
246Scoop Traversef7A **32
247Russet GrooveVD ***1155
248Red NoseVS 4c 51
249Exhibition CrackHS 4c *417
250Brown Ale WallE1 5b 26
251Guards ExitVD *336
252Guards Exit Directf6A 12
253Pinkie PeelerVS 5a 18
254Girdle Traverse of the Main WallVS 4c 17
255The CornerHVS 5a 64
 MAIN WALL  
257Maginot LineE3 6a 1
258Crater MakerE4 6a 5
259Flake CrackS 4b 365
260A Grave MaskE4 6a 1
261Goose StepE3 6a **6
262Kaiser BillE4 6b *4
263Grovel Grove Variation FinishHVS 5a 23
264Grovel GrooveMS *563
265Please Stop Me Before I Kill MyselfE3 6b 1
266The GauleiterE3 6a **9
267The ScoopVS ***742
268Red Wall Traversef5+ 4
269Black and Tan DirectE2 6a 28
270Black and Tan Alternative FinishHVS 5a 52
271Black and TanS 4b **746
272Black and Tan Directf6B+ 5
273Jock Strap (Y-Front LH Finish)f6B+ 25
274Y-Front SSf6B 11
275Y-Frontf6A+ **226
276Y-Front Directf7A ***92
277Y-Front Aretef7B+ 7
278X-Firef6C+ 4
279Second StaircaseD 341
280Deception CrackVD 355
281Stretcher WallE1 5c *128
282The ViperE1 6a 60
283Hissing SidE1 5c 12
284Main Wall EliminateHVS 5b 132
285Main WallHVS 5b ***417
286Handrail Eliminatef5+ 9
287Handrail EliminateHVS 5c 27
288HandrailVS 4c ***311
289Eliminate SSf6A 5
290Eliminatef5 14
291Introductory StaircaseM 217
292Banister CrackVD 94
293Main Wall Traversef5 10
294Main Wall Low Level Traversef7A 3
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