Climbs 54
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 220m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Charlie Woodburn on Wheels of Fire (E4) on Hell's Wall, Bowderstone Crags (from Lake District Climbs Rockfax). © Alan James

Crag features

A collection of crags dotted over the fellside close to the ferocious bouldering venue of The Bowderstone. This group of crags caters for all climbing tastes. Woden's Face is a popular small crag located just above the valley floor. It is sheltered and has plenty of lower and mid-grade climbs and is popular with groups. In total contrast, the jutting prow of Hell's Wall is home to some of the area's finest extreme climbs. There are also a couple of decent climbs on the two outlying pinnacles.

Approach notes

All the crags are approached from the Bowderstone National Trust carpark (fee).

Woden's Face - From the carpark payment meter, take the path a short way down to the road and then up past an old quarry. After 150m, Woden's Face can be seen just off the path on the left.

Hell's Wall and Bowderstone Pinnacle - From the carpark payment meter, take the path a short way down to the road and then up past an old quarry and Woden's Face. 20m before the huge Bowderstone boulder is reached (after about 230m total), take an indistinct path up the steep hillside, slightly left at first and then back rightwards over boulders and scree to below the crags. Woden's Needle and Hell's Wall are on the left and Bowderstone Pinnacle is on the right.

Triple Dog Dare is not new, it's just Garibaldi
Ensô - 02/Aug/12
We did Wodens Face Direct and Wodens Groove.Nice clean rock if a bit polished.On the pleasant September Sunday theplace was empty so it may be worth bearing in mind as an alternative to Brown Slabs. sjm
sjminfife - 29/Sep/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Wodens Face
2 Left-hand Route VD 34
3 Family Outing S * 313
4 Blue Riband HS 4b * 173
5 Jaffa Cake S 156
6 Custard Creme MVS 4c * 99
7 Wimpey Way S 4a ** 472
8 Woden's Face VS 4b ** 267
9 Woden's Face Direct VS 4c ** 344
10 Woden's Wotsit E2 5b * 54
11 Woden's Cheek VS 4c * 226
12 Wodentops E2 6a 3
13 Tantalus VS 4c * 163
14 Soxon
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E1 5a 3
15 Girdle Traverse
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VS 5a 1
16 Woden's Groove
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S 3c 33
17 Garibaldi V3 * 1
18 Spleen Merchant HVS 5b * 6
19 Blue Ribbond
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HS 4
20 Singer * VD *  
Climb name Grade
  Woden's Needle
22 Just and So E2 5c ** 1
23 Fleur de Lys VD 11
24 Woden's Needle S 4a * 63
25 Needle Wall
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HVS 4c 2
26 The Higher the Better
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MS 1
  Hell's Wall
28 Lucifer E5 6a ** 13
29 Woden's Crack VS 4c * 33
30 De Quincy E7 6b ** 31
31 Heaven's Gate E3 6a ** 10
32 The Bulger E5 6b *** 4
33 Valhalla E2 5c * 34
34 Wheels of Fire E4 6a *** 33
35 Mesrine
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E6 6b **  
36 Inferno E7 6c ** 2
37 Bleed In Hell E8 6c *** 2
38 Hell's Wall E6 6c *** 31
39 Abednego
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HVS 4c  
40 Frigga's Staircase
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M 3
Climb name Grade
41 Thor's Entrance
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S 8
42 Die-Hard
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HVS 5a  
43 The Punchline
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E3 6a *  
44 Walking the Plank
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M  
45 Woden's Way
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D 2
46 Balder's Buttress
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D 10
47 Thor's Ridge VD 15
48 Trundle
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HVS 5a  
49 The Right Wall
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S 1
50 Thor's Exit
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MS 6
51 Angelus
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HVS 5b 4
52 Balder's Crack
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HS * 27
  Bowderstone Pinnacle
54 Bowderstone Pinnacle S 4a ** 257
55 Bowderstone Pinnacle (direct start variation) HS ** 48
56 Bowderstone Pinnacle (Super-direct Start) HVS 5a ** 12
57 Creeping Bentley *
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VS 4c * 5
58 Hellish E8 6c ***  
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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