Climbs 302
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 170m a.s.l
Faces W

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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.

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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.
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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
2 Ravine Slopers
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f6B 15
3 Ravine Flake
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f6A 24
4 Problem 35 f6B 4
5 Born Lippy f7C+ * 42
6 Trout Pout f8A *  
7 The Hateful Eight f8A+ **  
8 Pulp Friction f7C+ * 2
9 The Fan Left
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f6A 5
10 The Fan Central
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f6A 6
11 The Fan Right
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f6A 7
12 Outer Limits Direct Finish
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E2 5c 2
13 Outer Limits
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E2 5c ** 6
14 Hard Knocks f8A ***  
15 Soft Play f8A **  
16 Childs Play f6B ** 317
17 Playtime
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f6A 35
18 Offwidth f4 16
19 Parisienne Walkways
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f6C 6
20 Parisian Arete f7A+ **  
21 Entrebaillement f6A 116
22 Entrebaillement Sit Start f7B+  
23 Bottom
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f6A 16
24 Problem 24 f6A 8
25 Problem 23 f5+ 35
26 Problem 22 (Bottom Area) f4 45
27 Problem 21 f5 28
28 Sandy Scoop
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f6A 12
29 Alfie Thornton f7C+ 5
30 The Crack SS
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f8A+ 1
31 The Crack f7C ** 37
32 The Whack f6B 1
33 The Lightbulb f6A 369
34 Sheep Pen Traverse
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f4 89
35 Corner
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f4 177
36 Blind Seam
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f5 216
37 Dreaming of Heuco
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f4 243
38 Paw Prints
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f3 242
39 Hanging Rib
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f4 217
40 Sheep Pen Scoop
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f3 212
41 A Little less than Whence we started f3 6
42 Semantron f7B+ ** 14
43 The Mantleshelf f7A 139
44 Sandy Rib
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f5+ 214
45 Scooped Wall f6B *** 412
46 Sandy Arete
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f4+ 82
47 Scooped Wall LH
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f4+ 76
48 Scooped Wall RH
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f5 62
49 Apple Crumble f6A * 3
50 LH Flake
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f4 140
51 RH Flake
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f5 108
52 Black Wall
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f5+ 26
53 Pathside Boulder Traverse
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f6A 15
54 Semantron Sit Start f8A+ *  
55 Crack to Crack f7C+ **  
56 The Other Cracks f6C **  
  Warm Up Wall
58 Warmed up and Worn Out Circuit
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f6C 4
59 Warm Up Traverse
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f6A 32
60 End
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f5+ 82
61 Wall
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f5 99
62 The Crescent Flake
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f6A 69
63 Groove
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f4 111
64 Short Slab
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f5 93
65 Evening Wall S 4b 108
  THE SCOOPS
67 Another Heap of it
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HVS 5c 10
68 Finale Wall
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E1 5c 11
69 Scoop Three E1 5b 44
70 Liberty
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E3 6a 1
71 Scoop Two E1 5b * 41
72 Toffs Variation Start
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E3 6b 3
73 Toffs f6C 14
74 Toffs (full route)
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E3 6b 2
75 Toff's Jump f7A 29
76 Bourgeoisie f8A+ **  
77 Working Class f7C+ * 5
78 Working Class SS f8B ** 4
79 Second Class f7C 2
80 Poverty (full route)
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E5 6c * 3
81 Poverty f7A+ * 34
82 Poverty Right-Hand f7B ** 38
83 His Eminence E4 6a ** 94
84 His Eminence (start only) f6B * 163
85 Stu's Variation f7A 22
86 Scoop One E1 5b * 46
87 The Judge E4 6a ** 12
88 The Trial E3 6a *** 113
89 The Jury E3 5c * 14
90 Bloody Crack VS 5a * 34
91 Arete f5 33
92 Bloody Nose HS 5a * 251
93 The Shiner f5 87
  THE WAVE
95 The Skate f5+ 17
96 Flying Fish f6A+ * 76
97 Flying Stag f7B 4
98 The Sting E3 6a ** 19
99 Honeycomb Wall f7C+ * 1
100 Honeycomb wall SS f8A+ ***  
101 Manuka f8A **  
102 Manta LH f7B 91
103 Manta Direct f6C 15
104 Manta RH f6B 153
105 The Manta E3 6a *** 76
Climb name Grade
106 The Rail f8B+ ***  
107 Vienna f7B+ 52
108 Vienna SS f8A 2
109 Undertow
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f7C 2
110 Rising Damp E4 6b ** 3
111 Inner Space E5 6b ** 1
112 High Tide E5 6a ** 2
113 The Wave E5 6a *** 6
114 Captain Haddock LH f7A * 19
115 Captain Haddock f6C * 71
116 Rough Passage E6 6b *** 5
117 Poseidon Adventure E4 6a *** 47
118 Narcosis
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E6 6c 1
119 Growlers f8A 1
120 The Bends E4 6b * 6
121 Rip the Lip E6 6a 1
122 Green Crack HVS 5b * 15
  BARBARIAN
124 Atilla f7C  
125 Atilla SS f8A ***  
126 Staggered f7B ** 38
127 Staggered SS f8A ** 1
128 Jimbo's off to Oz f7B+ 1
129 Barbarian E5 6b *** 4
  THE CAVE
131 Underdog Traverse f8A+ 1
132 Sprung f7C * 96
133 Cave LH Problem f6B ** 244
134 Left of Centre f7A+ ** 7
135 Cave Central LH f7A ** 80
136 Cave Central Direct f7A ** 12
137 Cave Central RH f6C+ ** 39
138 V Crimps f7C *** 21
139 V Crimps Direct f8A 1
140 Cave RH Problem f6B+ ** 169
141 Cave Traverse f5+ 40
142 See you in Disneyland
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E3 6a 1
143 Giants Ear VS 5a 55
144 Shoulders of Giants f7C 1
145 Shoulders of Giants Dyno f7A 12
146 Bulls Lug E2 6a 4
147 Robbers Rib VS 5b 13
  Crunche Wall
149 RH Arete
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f4+ 69
150 Middle Problem
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f4 109
151 LH Problem
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f4+ 94
152 Little Boulder Traverse f6A 42
153 Arrow Crack VD 95
154 Billy Liar E2 5c 7
155 Crunchie Traverse f5 147
156 Crunchie Low-Level Traverse f6C 7
157 Crunchie High Traverse f6C 5
158 Crunchie (full route)
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E2 5c ** 85
159 Crunchie E2 5c 79
160 Temptation (full route)
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E3 6b * 6
161 Temptation f7A * 30
162 Blind Wall S 4a * 129
163 Hanging Crack E1 5b * 48
164 Cruel Dude
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E4 5c 1
165 Boomer E4 5c * 2
166 No Surrender
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E4 6a 1
167 Brothers in Arms
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E5 6b 1
168 Retreat
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E1 5b 7
  BANANA WALL + TIGER WALL
170 Wall End VD 130
171 Wall End Direct HS 4c * 116
172 Yellow Peril E2 5c 31
173 The Runnel VS 5a ** 360
174 Banana Wall VS 4c ** 582
175 Banana Wall Traverse f4+ * 2
176 Abanana E1 5c * 142
177 Abanana Wall f5+ * 37
178 Banana Groove HVS 5a 96
179 Black Crack VD 324
180 Red Crack HS 4c 86
181 Leo E2 5b * 22
182 Tiger's Wall HVS 5a *** 743
183 Tigers Wall Circuit
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f5+ 21
184 The Cheetah E2 5c 11
185 The Rajah E5 6b *** 16
186 The Radgy f7C **  
187 Antihydral f8A *** 3
188 Imagery E4 6b 1
189 Slab Crack E1 5b * 34
190 Finger Bomb f8A+ *  
191 The Sultan E7 ** 1
  LORRAINE
193 Don't Let Go Arete f7C 4
194 Don't Let Go Direct Start
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E2 6c 5
195 Don't Let Go E2 5c * 39
196 Dont Let Go Variation f5+ 13
197 Lorraine Wall Traverse
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f6A 24
198 Lorraine VS 5a *** 774
199 Lorraine (start only) f5 *** 65
200 Little Red Rooster E1 5c * 179
201 Runt VS 5a 65
202 Pride Before a Fall
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VS 5a 31
203 Crescent Wall S 4b * 257
204 Pitchfork
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E2 5c 9
205 Pitcher Wall HVS 5a * 120
206 Picher Wall Direct
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E1 5c 27
207 Pitcher Wall Direct (Boulder) f5+ 2
208 The Keep
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E1 5b 11
209 The Belford Pie Shop E3 6a 7
210 Castle Crack HVD *** 1344
Climb name Grade
211 Bella E2 5c 8
212 Sue Direct HVS 5b 104
213 Sue S 4c * 424
214 Flake Wall D 183
215 Flake Chimney D 101
  CASTLE WALL + SCORPION
217 Castle Wall S 4b 382
218 Wall Crack VS 4c 91
219 Triple Cracks HS 4c * 361
220 Short Crack VD 94
221 Creepy Crawly f6A+ 11
222 The Harvest Bug f6A+ 30
223 Listen to the Rain E4 5c 5
224 Woolman's Wall VS 5a * 164
225 The Lobster E2 5c 26
226 Crab Wall HS 4b * 432
227 Scorpion VS 4c ** 1005
228 Nutcracker HVS 5b 93
229 Brutally Handsome E2 5c 28
230 Nose Chimney D 77
231 Broken Crack
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E2 5c 11
  LEANING GROOVES
233 Blocked Chimney Corner HS 4c 171
234 Second Leaning Groove VS 5a * 455
235 First Leaning Groove HVS 5a ** 239
236 Street Runner E4 5c * 6
237 The Big Splash Direct Finish
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E3 5c 7
238 The Big Splash E2 5c * 33
239 Hanging Flake
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f6A 18
240 Flake Eliminate f7A ** 40
241 Long John S 4c 117
242 Transformer LH f7B+ ** 72
243 Transformer Direct Start f7A ** 181
244 Transformer (full route)
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E2 5c * 25
245 Transformer f6A+ * 201
246 Transformer RH f6C 40
247 Jackdaw Crack HVS 5b * 47
248 Long Crack HVS 5a ** 207
249 First Century E4 6a * 9
250 Klondyke Wall E2 5c ** 253
251 Klondyke Wall Circuit f5+ 15
252 Canada Crack HVS 5a *** 804
253 Quatra Twinkley E3 6a 3
254 Dog Eat Dog f6C ** 235
255 One Move f7A+ * 14
256 Canada Dry
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VS 5a 83
257 Whisky Galore f4+ 8
258 Family Pressure
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E1 5c 67
259 Heaven Can Wait
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E6 6b 2
  OVERHANGING CRACK
261 Go To Hell f7A+ ** 4
262 Nature's Angry f7B+ ***  
263 Death Knell E6 6b * 7
264 Hangover Wall
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E5 6b 1
265 The Overhanging Crack E2 5c *** 296
266 Scoop Traverse L-R f7A+ ** 3
267 Scoop Traverse f7A ** 56
268 Russet Groove VD *** 1916
269 Red Nose VS 4c 90
270 Exhibition Crack HS 4c * 674
271 Brown Ale Wall
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E1 5b 36
272 Guards Exit VD 559
273 Guards Exit Direct f6A 28
274 Pinkie Peeler
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VS 5a 33
275 Girdle Traverse of the Main Wall
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VS 4c 23
276 The Corner HVS 5a 93
  MAIN WALL
278 Maginot Line
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E3 6a 1
279 Crater Maker E4 6a 6
280 Flake Crack S 4b * 614
281 A Grave Mask
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E4 6a 1
282 Goose Step E3 6a ** 14
283 Kaiser Bill E4 6b * 7
284 Grovel Grove Variation Finish HVS 5a 30
285 Grovel Groove S 4a ** 973
286 Please Stop Me Before I Kill Myself
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E3 6b 1
287 The Gauleiter E3 6a ** 24
288 The Scoop VS 4c ** 1264
289 Red Wall Traverse f5+ 12
290 Black and Tan Direct
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E2 6a 41
291 Black and Tan Alternative Finish HVS 5a 105
292 Black and Tan S 4c ** 1276
293 Black and Tan Direct E2 6a 10
294 Jock Strap (Y-Front LH Finish) f6C 39
295 Y-Front SS
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f6B 21
296 Y-Front f6A+ * 370
297 Y-Front Direct f7A *** 183
298 Y-Front Arete f7B+ 11
299 X-Fire
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f6C+ 8
300 Second Staircase D * 547
301 Deception Crack VD * 579
302 Stretcher Wall E1 5c ** 219
303 The Viper E1 6a * 95
304 Hissing Sid E1 5c 25
305 Main Wall Eliminate HVS 5b * 202
306 Main Wall HVS 5b *** 696
307 Handrail Eliminate f5+ 18
308 Handrail Eliminate HVS 5c 66
309 Handrail VS 4c 511
310 Eliminate SS f6A 18
311 Eliminate f5 24
312 Introductory Staircase M * 345
313 Banister Crack
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VD 140
314 Main Wall Traverse f5 23
315 Main Wall Low Level Traverse f7A 4

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