Climbs 286
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 170m a.s.l
Faces W

Ali anticipating the do-or-deck crux of Poseidon Adventure (E4 6a), Bowden Doors, Northumberland © Jamie Moss

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]

Approach 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.

Guidebooks

Northern England

The book is a selected route and crag guide although it still manages to pack over 2350 routes between its covers, spread across 44 crags. The main focus is on routes of all grades from Moderate to E9, but the best bouldering is also described.
More info
The end of the wall above Castle Wall and Wall Crack has been moved back 5m, the remainder of the wall has been trundled down the face so watch for loose rocks at the bottom and dust on holds.
jonnie3430 - 12/Apr/15
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 THE BOULDERS 
2Ravine Slopers
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f6B 9
3Ravine Flake
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f6A 14
4Problem 35f6B 4
5Born Lippyf8A *8
6Pulp Frictionf7C+ *1
7The Fan Left
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f6A 5
8The Fan Central
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f6A 5
9The Fan Right
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f6A 5
10Outer Limits Direct Finish
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E2 5c 2
11Outer Limits
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E2 5c **5
12Childs Playf6B **246
13Playtime
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f6A 26
14Offwidthf4 12
15Parisienne Walkways
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f6C 5
16Entrebaillementf6A 92
17Bottom
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f6A 13
18Problem 24f6A 6
19Problem 23f5+ 24
20Problem 22 (Bottom Area)f4 32
21Problem 21f5 20
22Sandy Scoop
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f6A 7
23Alfie Thorntonf7C+ 2
24The Crack SS
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f8A+ 1
25The Crackf7C+ **34
26The Whackf6B 1
27The Lightbulbf6A 254
28Sheep Pen Traverse
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f4 64
29Corner
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f4 125
30Blind Seam
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f5 142
31Dreaming of Heuco
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f4 154
32Paw Prints
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f3 165
33Hanging Rib
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f4 147
34Sheep Pen Scoop
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f3 141
35A Little less than Whence we startedf3 3
36Semantronf7B+ ** 
37The Mantleshelff7A 86
38Sandy Rib
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f5+ 143
39Scooped Wallf6B ***263
40Sandy Arete
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f4+ 55
41Scooped Wall LH
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f4+ 52
42Scooped Wall RH
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f5 41
43Apple Crumblef6A *2
44LH Flake
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f4 94
45RH Flake
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f5 71
46Black Wall
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f5+ 16
47Pathside Boulder Traverse
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f6A 9
 Warm Up Wall 
49Warmed up and Worn Out Circuit
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f6C 3
50Warm Up Traverse
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f6A 27
51End
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f5+ 58
52Wall
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f5 69
53The Crescent Flake
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f6A 53
54Groove
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f4 76
55Short Slab
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f5 64
56Evening WallS 4b 90
 THE SCOOPS 
58Another Heap of it
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HVS 5c 9
59Finale Wall
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E1 5c 10
60Scoop ThreeE1 5b 39
61Liberty
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E3 6a 1
62Scoop TwoE1 5b *37
63Toffs Variation Start
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E3 6b 3
64Toffsf6C 6b 11
65Toffs (full route)
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E3 6b 1
66Toff's Jumpf7A 19
67Bourgeoisief8A+ ** 
68Working Classf8A *5
69Working Class SSf8B **5
70Second Classf7C 1
71Poverty (full route)
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E5 6c *3
72Povertyf7B+ *27
73Poverty Right-Handf7B **20
74His Eminencef7A+ ***71
75His Eminence (start only)f6B *121
76Stu's Variationf7A 17
77Scoop OneE1 5b *39
78The JudgeE4 6a **11
79The TrialE3 6a ***101
80The JuryE3 5c *12
81Bloody CrackVS 5a *25
82Aretef5 26
83Bloody NoseHS 5a *209
84The Shiner
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VS 5b 76
 THE WAVE 
86The Skate
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E1 5c 16
87Flying Fishf6A 6a *63
88Flying Stagf7B 3
89The StingE3 6a **20
90Honeycomb Wallf7C+ *1
91Honeycomb wall SSf8A+ *** 
92Manukaf8A ** 
93Manta LHf7B 60
94Manta Directf6C 10
95Manta RHf6B 93
96The MantaE3 6a ***62
97Viennaf7B+ 42
98Vienna SSf8A 2
99Undertow
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f7C 2
100Rising DampE4 6b **2
101Inner SpaceE5 6b **1
102High TideE5 6a **2
103The WaveE5 6a ***5
104Captain Haddock LHf7A *8
105Captain Haddockf6C 6b *54
106Rough PassageE6 6b ***1
107Poseidon AdventureE4 6a ***73
108Narcosis
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E6 6c 1
109Growlersf8A 1
110The BendsE4 6b *5
111Rip the LipE6 6a 1
112Green CrackHVS 5b *13
 BARBARIAN 
114Atillaf7C  
115Staggeredf7B+ **26
116Staggered SSf8A **1
117Jimbo's off to Ozf7B+ 1
118BarbarianE5 6b ***4
 THE CAVE 
120Underdog Traversef8A+ 1
121Sprungf7C *59
122Cave LH Problemf6B **144
123Left of Centref7A+ **1
124Cave Central LHf7A **35
125Cave Central Directf7A **4
126Cave Central RHf6C+ **27
127V Crimpsf7C ***16
128Cave RH Problemf6B+ **107
129Cave Traversef5+ 30
130See you in Disneyland
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E3 6a 1
131Giants EarVS 5a 44
132Shoulders of Giantsf7C 1
133Shoulders of Giants Dynof7A 10
134Bulls LugE2 6a 4
135Robbers RibVS 5b 13
 Crunche Wall 
137RH Arete
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f4+ 52
138Middle Problem
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f4 88
139LH Problem
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f4+ 75
140Little Boulder Traversef6A 28
141Arrow CrackVD 76
142Billy LiarE2 5c 5
143Crunchie Traversef5 104
144Crunchie High Traversef6C 1
145Crunchie (full route)
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E2 5c **73
146Crunchief6A+ **61
147Temptation (full route)
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E3 6b *5
148Temptationf7A 6c *21
149Blind WallS 4a *97
150Hanging CrackE1 5b *43
151Cruel Dude
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E4 5c 1
152BoomerE4 5c *2
153No Surrender
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E4 6a 1
154Brothers in Arms
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E5 6b 1
155Retreat
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E1 5b 7
 BANANA WALL + TIGER WALL 
157Wall EndVD 103
158Wall End DirectHS 4c *98
159Yellow PerilE2 5c 27
160The RunnelVS 5a **286
161Banana WallVS 4c **482
162Banana Wall Traversef4+ *1
163AbananaE1 5c *125
164Abanana Wallf5+ *31
165Banana GrooveHVS 5a 76
166Black CrackVD 262
167Red CrackHS 4c 74
168LeoE2 5b *15
169Tiger's WallHVS 5a ***621
170Tigers Wall Circuit
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f5+ 16
171The CheetahE2 5c 10
172The RajahE5 6b ***16
173The Radgyf7C ** 
174Antihydral
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f8A 1
175Imagery
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E4 6b 1
176Slab CrackE1 5b *25
 LORRAINE 
178Don't Let Go Aretef7C 3
179Don't Let Go Direct Start
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E2 6c 3
180Don't Let GoE2 5c *34
181Dont Let Go Variationf5+ 5
182Lorraine Wall Traverse
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f6A 17
183LorraineVS 5a ***662
184Lorraine (start only)f5 ***42
185Little Red RoosterE1 5c *148
186RuntVS 5a 49
187Pride Before a Fall
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VS 5a 26
188Crescent WallS 4b *204
189Pitchfork
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E2 5c 8
190Pitcher WallHVS 5a *93
191Picher Wall Direct
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E1 5c 21
192The Keep
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E1 5b 9
193The Belford Pie ShopE3 6a 5
194Castle CrackHVD ***1072
195BellaE2 5c 6
196Sue DirectHVS 5b 72
197SueS 4c *332
198Flake WallD 149
199Flake ChimneyD 79
 CASTLE WALL + SCORPION 
201Castle WallS 4b 318
202Wall CrackVS 4c 67
203Triple CracksHS 4c *298
204Short CrackVD 69
205Creepy Crawlyf6A 6a 9
206The Harvest Bugf6A 6a 22
207Listen to the RainE4 5c 5
208Woolman's WallVS 5a *142
209The LobsterE2 5c 22
210Crab WallHS 4b *338
211ScorpionVS 4c **792
212NutcrackerHVS 5b 82
213Brutally HandsomeE2 5c 20
214Nose ChimneyD 66
215Broken Crack
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E2 5c 11
 LEANING GROOVES 
217Blocked Chimney CornerHS 4c 148
218Second Leaning GrooveVS 5a *371
219First Leaning GrooveHVS 5a **214
220Street RunnerE4 5c *6
221The Big Splash Direct Finish
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E3 5c 6
222The Big SplashE2 5c *27
223Hanging Flake
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f6A 15
224Flake Eliminatef7A **20
225Long JohnS 4c 99
226Transformer LHf7B+ **50
227Transformer Direct Startf7A **124
228Transformer (full route)
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E2 5c *23
229Transformerf6A 6a *147
230Transformer RHf6C 32
231Jackdaw CrackHVS 5b *37
232Long CrackHVS 5a **169
233First CenturyE4 6a *7
234Klondyke WallE2 5c **228
235Klondyke Wall Circuitf5+ 9
236Canada CrackHVS 5a ***642
237Quatra TwinkleyE3 6a 2
238Dog Eat Dogf7A **169
239One Movef7A+ *10
240Canada Dry
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VS 5a 68
241Whisky Galoref4+ 4
242Family Pressure
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E1 5c 55
243Heaven Can Wait
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E6 6b 2
 OVERHANGING CRACK 
245Go To Hellf7A+ **3
246Nature's Angryf7B+ *** 
247Death KnellE6 6b *3
248Hangover Wall
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E5 6b 1
249The Overhanging CrackE2 5c ***269
250Scoop Traverse L-Rf7A+ **1
251Scoop Traversef7A **39
252Russet GrooveVD ***1519
253Red NoseVS 4c 74
254Exhibition CrackHS 4c *552
255Brown Ale Wall
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E1 5b 33
256Guards ExitVD 453
257Guards Exit Directf6A 20
258Pinkie Peeler
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VS 5a 26
259Girdle Traverse of the Main Wall
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VS 4c 23
260The CornerHVS 5a 78
 MAIN WALL 
262Maginot Line
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E3 6a 1
263Crater MakerE4 6a 5
264Flake CrackS 4b *479
265A Grave Mask
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E4 6a 1
266Goose Step
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E3 6a **12
267Kaiser BillE4 6b *5
268Grovel Grove Variation FinishHVS 5a 30
269Grovel GrooveS 4a **755
270Please Stop Me Before I Kill Myself
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E3 6b 1
271The GauleiterE3 6a **23
272The ScoopVS 4c **999
273Red Wall Traversef5+ 8
274Black and Tan Direct
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E2 6a 36
275Black and Tan Alternative FinishHVS 5a 77
276Black and TanS 4c **1003
277Black and Tan DirectE2 6a 9
278Jock Strap (Y-Front LH Finish)f6B+ 30
279Y-Front SS
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f6B 18
280Y-Frontf6A 6a *291
281Y-Front Directf7A ***123
282Y-Front Aretef7B+ 7
283X-Fire
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f6C+ 7
284Second StaircaseD *450
285Deception CrackVD *463
286Stretcher WallE1 5c **190
287The ViperE1 6a *82
288Hissing SidE1 5c 25
289Main Wall EliminateHVS 5b *168
290Main WallHVS 5b ***553
291Handrail Eliminatef5+ 14
292Handrail EliminateHVS 5c 42
293HandrailVS 4c 413
294Eliminate SSf6A 10
295Eliminatef5 20
296Introductory StaircaseM *274
297Banister Crack
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VD 118
298Main Wall Traversef5 17
299Main Wall Low Level Traversef7A 3

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