Climbs 117
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 321m a.s.l
Faces S

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The Pinnacles, at the Bull Stones © C Witter

Crag features

Absolutely fantastic bouldering on natural gritstone, in a beautiful place. There are plently of harder problems, but this an ideal place for low-grade boulders wanting lots to play on, and the problems come in all flavours: low-ball, high-ball, and utterly terrifying; slabs, aretes and faces - even a couple of chimneys and a few micro-routes. Plenty to explore, too.

Apart from the problems listed in Lancashire Bouldering (2014), there's an 18 page topo available, courtesy of John Proud: https://bowlandclimber.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/the-bullstones-pdf11.pdf

Approach notes

From Slaidburn, in the Forest of Bowland, follow a road (left) between the Post Office and the Hark to Bounty pub. After a mile or so, turn right onto Woodhouse Lane. Follow it to the end, where there's a little parking on the left. Be careful not to block any gates. The drive is about 1hr from Lancaster.

The walk in is about 1hr. Go through the gate at the end of Woodhouse Lane, and follow the roman road (keep right at the y junction just after the gate). Keep going, past the quarry, until you see a small bothy/house structure. Here you can either take a path right (to Large Buttress) or keep going, until the shoulder of the hill allows you to cross the valley (near Far Stone and Cowstones). A mountain bike would speed the journey up considerably.

 

Great venue to go bouldering!!Especailly for those bouldering in the lower to mid grades! Here's a link to video of Bull Stones that i made, enjoy https://vimeo.com/183222521
Ehmarra - 22/Sep/16
If you go alone it is worth considering the benefits of taking two pads. Great majority of landings are fine but some do slope. Having said that, it is a long way to carry. Better to get a few mates together.
Paul Clarke - 15/Jul/16
A fine spot. Well worth the rather long approach
Paul Clarke - 15/Jul/16
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Far Stone
2 On Your Marks f5+ 2
3 Cross f4+ 2
4 Breakfast f6A 2
5 Four John f6C  
6 Grupple f6B 1
7 Witch Way f6B 1
  Cowstones
9 Cowark
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f5 4
10 Cower
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f4+ 4
11 Cowheel
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f2 4
12 Sacred Cow f6A 3
13 Gaucho
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f4 * 7
14 Cowslip
-
f5 * 7
15 Guernsey
-
f5+ 6
16 Cowbell
-
f4+ * 8
17 Madcows
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f5+ * 6
18 C.J.D. f6B 6
19 Tiny Cow Dance f6A+ 4
20 Mouth
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f4 6
21 And f6A+ * 6
22 And (standing start) f3 * 1
23 Foot
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f5 6
24 Cowpox Right f4+ * 6
  Taurus Boulders
26 Simon's Starter f6B * 3
27 Mealtime
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f6C  
28 All Or Nothing
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f4+ * 5
29 Bullshit
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f4 3
30 Munchies
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f6B+ * 1
31 Gruel
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f6A 1
32 Snow Bunting f5+ 5
33 Taurus
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f4 8
34 Just Stand On It!
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f4+ 9
35 I'm Not Going f5+ * 10
36 Rod's Way
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f4 7
37 Giraffe In the Wind f7A 1
38 Bully Off f4+ * 2
  The Corral
40 The Ranch
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f4 * 3
41 Toreador f5+ * 1
Climb name Grade
42 Bullneck
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f5+ 2
43 Take the Bull by the Horns
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f5 * 2
44 The Cattle Truck
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f3 2
  The Pinnacles
46 Bull Market
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f4 4
47 John Bull
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f5 2
48 Bull Pen
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f4+ 3
49 One Pebble Slab
-
f5+ *  
50 Bull in a China Shop
-
f4+  
51 Gold Bullion f5 ** 7
52 Brash Slab
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f5+ * 2
53 Red Bull
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f4+ 1
54 Bulimia
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f4+  
55 Hark to Bounty
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f4+ 1
56 Bounty Hunter
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f5+ * 1
57 Mutiny on the Bounty
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f4+ 1
58 Alan's Acme f4+ ** 1
59 Bullish
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f4+  
60 Bullworker
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f5+  
  Little Bull Stones
62 Picos
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f4+  
63 Pamplona Run
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f4  
64 Ole!
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f4+  
65 Beware of the Bull
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f6C *  
66 Baron of Beef
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f4+  
67 Suction
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f7A ** 1
68 Future Light Cone f6C+ ** 1
69 Shaken Not Stirred f5  
70 Cool Handle
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f5+  
71 Rock Melt f6A  
72 Backwards Ballet f6A  
73 Bulldog f4  
74 Bull Terrier
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f3  
75 Pit Bull
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f6A *  
76 Rough Diamond
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f3 *  
77 Ace of Diamonds
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f4+ *  
78 Cut Diamond f7A * 1
79 Traverso Grande f6B *  
80 Just Do It
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f4+  
81 Breaking News f5+  
82 The Slanting One
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f6A  
Climb name Grade
83 Little Miss Crouch f4+  
84 Yes f4+  
85 Bull in the Field f6A  
86 Return of the Clangers f6C  
87 Squeaky Bum Time f7A  
  Stirk Slabs
89 Bully Beef
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f7B * 1
90 Bull Run f5+ ** 4
91 Bull Ring
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f4+ * 3
92 Don't Go Yet
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f6B+ ** 3
93 Cascadia f7A+ ** 1
94 Midsummer Nights
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f5 * 2
95 Man Alive f6A 3
96 Breathe In
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f4+  
97 Vermicious Knid f6A 1
98 Bulletin f4 2
99 Stirk Slab
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f4+ 2
100 Bullet Proof
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f4+ * 3
101 Bulleted f4+ 2
  Large Buttress
103 Nigel's Dream f6A 2
104 Dreammaker
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f4+ 2
105 Dreamcatcher
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f4+ * 3
106 Illusion
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f5 2
107 Counting Sheep
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f4 2
108 Dreamboat
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f4 2
109 Dreamworks
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f4 2
110 Daydream
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f4+ 2
111 Castle in the Air f4+ 2
112 Pipe Dream f5 ** 6
113 Pipe Dream SDS f6A 3
114 Toro Loco f6B ** 1
115 Wet Dream
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f5 2
116 Dream On f4+ 2
117 Dream Up f4+ 2
118 Stinger f7B 1
  Two Tier Buttess
120 The Unknown f4+  
121 Black Hole f5+ *  
122 Thug on a Lug f4+  
123 Mug Without a Jug f6C  

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