Climbs 298
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.

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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.
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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 13
3 Ravine Flake
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f6A 22
4 Problem 35 f6B 4
5 Born Lippy f7C+ * 36
6 Trout Pout f8A *  
7 The Hateful Eight f8A+ **  
8 Pulp Friction f7C+ * 1
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 ** 302
17 Playtime
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f6A 33
18 Offwidth f4 15
19 Parisienne Walkways
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f6C 6
20 Parisian Arete f7A+ **  
21 Entrebaillement f6A 112
22 Entrebaillement Sit Start f7B+  
23 Bottom
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f6A 16
24 Problem 24 f6A 7
25 Problem 23 f5+ 32
26 Problem 22 (Bottom Area) f4 43
27 Problem 21 f5 27
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 ** 35
32 The Whack f6B 1
33 The Lightbulb f6A 342
34 Sheep Pen Traverse
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f4 82
35 Corner
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f4 168
36 Blind Seam
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f5 203
37 Dreaming of Heuco
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f4 227
38 Paw Prints
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f3 227
39 Hanging Rib
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f4 205
40 Sheep Pen Scoop
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f3 196
41 A Little less than Whence we started f3 6
42 Semantron f7B+ ** 6
43 The Mantleshelf f7A 124
44 Sandy Rib
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f5+ 197
45 Scooped Wall f6B *** 368
46 Sandy Arete
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f4+ 78
47 Scooped Wall LH
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f4+ 74
48 Scooped Wall RH
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f5 60
49 Apple Crumble f6A * 3
50 LH Flake
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f4 132
51 RH Flake
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f5 103
52 Black Wall
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f5+ 26
53 Pathside Boulder Traverse
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f6A 14
  Warm Up Wall
55 Warmed up and Worn Out Circuit
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f6C 4
56 Warm Up Traverse
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f6A 32
57 End
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f5+ 78
58 Wall
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f5 93
59 The Crescent Flake
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f6A 66
60 Groove
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f4 102
61 Short Slab
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f5 86
62 Evening Wall S 4b 106
  THE SCOOPS
64 Another Heap of it
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HVS 5c 10
65 Finale Wall
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E1 5c 10
66 Scoop Three E1 5b 42
67 Liberty
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E3 6a 1
68 Scoop Two E1 5b * 40
69 Toffs Variation Start
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E3 6b 3
70 Toffs f6C 13
71 Toffs (full route)
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E3 6b 2
72 Toff's Jump f7A 26
73 Bourgeoisie f8A+ **  
74 Working Class f7C+ * 5
75 Working Class SS f8B ** 4
76 Second Class f7C 2
77 Poverty (full route)
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E5 6c * 3
78 Poverty f7A+ * 31
79 Poverty Right-Hand f7B ** 37
80 His Eminence E4 6a ** 83
81 His Eminence (start only) f6B * 154
82 Stu's Variation f7A 22
83 Scoop One E1 5b * 43
84 The Judge E4 6a ** 12
85 The Trial E3 6a *** 109
86 The Jury E3 5c * 13
87 Bloody Crack VS 5a * 28
88 Arete f5 30
89 Bloody Nose HS 5a * 241
90 The Shiner f5 85
  THE WAVE
92 The Skate f5+ 16
93 Flying Fish f6A+ * 71
94 Flying Stag f7B 4
95 The Sting E3 6a ** 19
96 Honeycomb Wall f7C+ * 1
97 Honeycomb wall SS f8A+ ***  
98 Manuka f8A **  
99 Manta LH f7B 78
100 Manta Direct f6C 14
101 Manta RH f6B 137
102 The Manta E3 6a *** 65
103 The Rail f8B+ ***  
104 Vienna f7B+ 50
Climb name Grade
105 Vienna SS f8A 2
106 Undertow
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f7C 2
107 Rising Damp E4 6b ** 3
108 Inner Space E5 6b ** 1
109 High Tide E5 6a ** 2
110 The Wave E5 6a *** 6
111 Captain Haddock LH f7A * 16
112 Captain Haddock f6C * 65
113 Rough Passage E6 6b *** 2
114 Poseidon Adventure E4 6a *** 46
115 Narcosis
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E6 6c 1
116 Growlers f8A 1
117 The Bends E4 6b * 6
118 Rip the Lip E6 6a 1
119 Green Crack HVS 5b * 15
  BARBARIAN
121 Atilla f7C  
122 Atilla SS f8A ***  
123 Staggered f7B ** 35
124 Staggered SS f8A ** 1
125 Jimbo's off to Oz f7B+ 1
126 Barbarian E5 6b *** 4
  THE CAVE
128 Underdog Traverse f8A+ 1
129 Sprung f7C * 89
130 Cave LH Problem f6B ** 213
131 Left of Centre f7A+ ** 5
132 Cave Central LH f7A ** 69
133 Cave Central Direct f7A ** 8
134 Cave Central RH f6C+ ** 37
135 V Crimps f7C *** 20
136 V Crimps Direct f8A 1
137 Cave RH Problem f6B+ ** 147
138 Cave Traverse f5+ 37
139 See you in Disneyland
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E3 6a 1
140 Giants Ear VS 5a 51
141 Shoulders of Giants f7C 1
142 Shoulders of Giants Dyno f7A 10
143 Bulls Lug E2 6a 4
144 Robbers Rib VS 5b 13
  Crunche Wall
146 RH Arete
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f4+ 66
147 Middle Problem
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f4 107
148 LH Problem
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f4+ 90
149 Little Boulder Traverse f6A 39
150 Arrow Crack VD 89
151 Billy Liar E2 5c 6
152 Crunchie Traverse f5 136
153 Crunchie Low-Level Traverse f6C 5
154 Crunchie High Traverse f6C 5
155 Crunchie (full route)
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E2 5c ** 80
156 Crunchie E2 5c 73
157 Temptation (full route)
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E3 6b * 6
158 Temptation f7A * 28
159 Blind Wall S 4a * 115
160 Hanging Crack E1 5b * 45
161 Cruel Dude
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E4 5c 1
162 Boomer E4 5c * 2
163 No Surrender
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E4 6a 1
164 Brothers in Arms
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E5 6b 1
165 Retreat
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E1 5b 7
  BANANA WALL + TIGER WALL
167 Wall End VD 120
168 Wall End Direct HS 4c * 111
169 Yellow Peril E2 5c 29
170 The Runnel VS 5a ** 329
171 Banana Wall VS 4c ** 548
172 Banana Wall Traverse f4+ * 2
173 Abanana E1 5c * 139
174 Abanana Wall f5+ * 37
175 Banana Groove HVS 5a 91
176 Black Crack VD 299
177 Red Crack HS 4c 77
178 Leo E2 5b * 21
179 Tiger's Wall HVS 5a *** 693
180 Tigers Wall Circuit
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f5+ 20
181 The Cheetah E2 5c 11
182 The Rajah E5 6b *** 14
183 The Radgy f7C **  
184 Antihydral f8A *** 1
185 Imagery E4 6b 1
186 Slab Crack E1 5b * 33
187 Finger Bomb f8A+ *  
  LORRAINE
189 Don't Let Go Arete f7C 4
190 Don't Let Go Direct Start
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E2 6c 5
191 Don't Let Go E2 5c * 38
192 Dont Let Go Variation f5+ 11
193 Lorraine Wall Traverse
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f6A 23
194 Lorraine VS 5a *** 727
195 Lorraine (start only) f5 *** 61
196 Little Red Rooster E1 5c * 168
197 Runt VS 5a 61
198 Pride Before a Fall
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VS 5a 30
199 Crescent Wall S 4b * 239
200 Pitchfork
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E2 5c 9
201 Pitcher Wall HVS 5a * 113
202 Picher Wall Direct
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E1 5c 25
203 Pitcher Wall Direct (Boulder) f5+ 1
204 The Keep
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E1 5b 11
205 The Belford Pie Shop E3 6a 7
206 Castle Crack HVD *** 1245
207 Bella E2 5c 7
208 Sue Direct HVS 5b 96
Climb name Grade
209 Sue S 4c * 390
210 Flake Wall D 168
211 Flake Chimney D 98
  CASTLE WALL + SCORPION
213 Castle Wall S 4b 360
214 Wall Crack VS 4c 85
215 Triple Cracks HS 4c * 332
216 Short Crack VD 85
217 Creepy Crawly f6A+ 11
218 The Harvest Bug f6A+ 28
219 Listen to the Rain E4 5c 5
220 Woolman's Wall VS 5a * 152
221 The Lobster E2 5c 26
222 Crab Wall HS 4b * 402
223 Scorpion VS 4c ** 937
224 Nutcracker HVS 5b 90
225 Brutally Handsome E2 5c 25
226 Nose Chimney D 75
227 Broken Crack
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E2 5c 11
  LEANING GROOVES
229 Blocked Chimney Corner HS 4c 164
230 Second Leaning Groove VS 5a * 431
231 First Leaning Groove HVS 5a ** 228
232 Street Runner E4 5c * 6
233 The Big Splash Direct Finish
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E3 5c 6
234 The Big Splash E2 5c * 31
235 Hanging Flake
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f6A 17
236 Flake Eliminate f7A ** 39
237 Long John S 4c 113
238 Transformer LH f7B+ ** 66
239 Transformer Direct Start f7A ** 166
240 Transformer (full route)
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E2 5c * 25
241 Transformer f6A+ * 182
242 Transformer RH f6C 35
243 Jackdaw Crack HVS 5b * 40
244 Long Crack HVS 5a ** 193
245 First Century E4 6a * 8
246 Klondyke Wall E2 5c ** 244
247 Klondyke Wall Circuit f5+ 15
248 Canada Crack HVS 5a *** 741
249 Quatra Twinkley E3 6a 3
250 Dog Eat Dog f6C ** 212
251 One Move f7A+ * 13
252 Canada Dry
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VS 5a 79
253 Whisky Galore f4+ 8
254 Family Pressure
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E1 5c 66
255 Heaven Can Wait
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E6 6b 2
  OVERHANGING CRACK
257 Go To Hell f7A+ ** 3
258 Nature's Angry f7B+ ***  
259 Death Knell E6 6b * 3
260 Hangover Wall
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E5 6b 1
261 The Overhanging Crack E2 5c *** 271
262 Scoop Traverse L-R f7A+ ** 3
263 Scoop Traverse f7A ** 51
264 Russet Groove VD *** 1763
265 Red Nose VS 4c 84
266 Exhibition Crack HS 4c * 636
267 Brown Ale Wall
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E1 5b 36
268 Guards Exit VD 525
269 Guards Exit Direct f6A 24
270 Pinkie Peeler
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VS 5a 30
271 Girdle Traverse of the Main Wall
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VS 4c 23
272 The Corner HVS 5a 90
  MAIN WALL
274 Maginot Line
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E3 6a 1
275 Crater Maker E4 6a 5
276 Flake Crack S 4b * 565
277 A Grave Mask
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E4 6a 1
278 Goose Step E3 6a ** 14
279 Kaiser Bill E4 6b * 7
280 Grovel Grove Variation Finish HVS 5a 30
281 Grovel Groove S 4a ** 902
282 Please Stop Me Before I Kill Myself
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E3 6b 1
283 The Gauleiter E3 6a ** 22
284 The Scoop VS 4c ** 1181
285 Red Wall Traverse f5+ 12
286 Black and Tan Direct
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E2 6a 39
287 Black and Tan Alternative Finish HVS 5a 102
288 Black and Tan S 4c ** 1186
289 Black and Tan Direct E2 6a 10
290 Jock Strap (Y-Front LH Finish) f6C 35
291 Y-Front SS
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f6B 20
292 Y-Front f6A+ * 341
293 Y-Front Direct f7A *** 158
294 Y-Front Arete f7B+ 10
295 X-Fire
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f6C+ 7
296 Second Staircase D * 513
297 Deception Crack VD * 540
298 Stretcher Wall E1 5c ** 208
299 The Viper E1 6a * 88
300 Hissing Sid E1 5c 25
301 Main Wall Eliminate HVS 5b * 189
302 Main Wall HVS 5b *** 641
303 Handrail Eliminate f5+ 17
304 Handrail Eliminate HVS 5c 63
305 Handrail VS 4c 482
306 Eliminate SS f6A 15
307 Eliminate f5 25
308 Introductory Staircase M * 328
309 Banister Crack
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VD 135
310 Main Wall Traverse f5 22
311 Main Wall Low Level Traverse f7A 4

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