Climbs 301
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 ** 316
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 367
34 Sheep Pen Traverse
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f4 88
35 Corner
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f4 175
36 Blind Seam
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f5 214
37 Dreaming of Heuco
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f4 241
38 Paw Prints
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f3 240
39 Hanging Rib
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f4 216
40 Sheep Pen Scoop
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f3 208
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+ 212
45 Scooped Wall f6B *** 408
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 138
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 92
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 43
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 28
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 * 162
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 90
103 Manta Direct f6C 15
104 Manta RH f6B 153
105 The Manta E3 6a *** 75
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 ** 37
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+ ** 168
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+ 68
150 Middle Problem
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f4 108
151 LH Problem
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f4+ 93
152 Little Boulder Traverse f6A 42
153 Arrow Crack VD 94
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 129
171 Wall End Direct HS 4c * 116
172 Yellow Peril E2 5c 31
173 The Runnel VS 5a ** 360
174 Banana Wall VS 4c ** 581
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 320
180 Red Crack HS 4c 86
181 Leo E2 5b * 22
182 Tiger's Wall HVS 5a *** 742
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+ *  
  LORRAINE
192 Don't Let Go Arete f7C 4
193 Don't Let Go Direct Start
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E2 6c 5
194 Don't Let Go E2 5c * 39
195 Dont Let Go Variation f5+ 13
196 Lorraine Wall Traverse
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f6A 24
197 Lorraine VS 5a *** 773
198 Lorraine (start only) f5 *** 65
199 Little Red Rooster E1 5c * 179
200 Runt VS 5a 65
201 Pride Before a Fall
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VS 5a 31
202 Crescent Wall S 4b * 253
203 Pitchfork
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E2 5c 9
204 Pitcher Wall HVS 5a * 120
205 Picher Wall Direct
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E1 5c 27
206 Pitcher Wall Direct (Boulder) f5+ 2
207 The Keep
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E1 5b 11
208 The Belford Pie Shop E3 6a 7
209 Castle Crack HVD *** 1338
210 Bella E2 5c 8
Climb name Grade
211 Sue Direct HVS 5b 104
212 Sue S 4c * 423
213 Flake Wall D 181
214 Flake Chimney D 101
  CASTLE WALL + SCORPION
216 Castle Wall S 4b 379
217 Wall Crack VS 4c 91
218 Triple Cracks HS 4c * 360
219 Short Crack VD 93
220 Creepy Crawly f6A+ 11
221 The Harvest Bug f6A+ 30
222 Listen to the Rain E4 5c 5
223 Woolman's Wall VS 5a * 163
224 The Lobster E2 5c 26
225 Crab Wall HS 4b * 432
226 Scorpion VS 4c ** 1004
227 Nutcracker HVS 5b 93
228 Brutally Handsome E2 5c 28
229 Nose Chimney D 77
230 Broken Crack
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E2 5c 11
  LEANING GROOVES
232 Blocked Chimney Corner HS 4c 171
233 Second Leaning Groove VS 5a * 455
234 First Leaning Groove HVS 5a ** 239
235 Street Runner E4 5c * 6
236 The Big Splash Direct Finish
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E3 5c 7
237 The Big Splash E2 5c * 33
238 Hanging Flake
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f6A 18
239 Flake Eliminate f7A ** 40
240 Long John S 4c 117
241 Transformer LH f7B+ ** 72
242 Transformer Direct Start f7A ** 181
243 Transformer (full route)
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E2 5c * 25
244 Transformer f6A+ * 201
245 Transformer RH f6C 40
246 Jackdaw Crack HVS 5b * 47
247 Long Crack HVS 5a ** 206
248 First Century E4 6a * 9
249 Klondyke Wall E2 5c ** 253
250 Klondyke Wall Circuit f5+ 15
251 Canada Crack HVS 5a *** 801
252 Quatra Twinkley E3 6a 3
253 Dog Eat Dog f6C ** 234
254 One Move f7A+ * 14
255 Canada Dry
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VS 5a 83
256 Whisky Galore f4+ 8
257 Family Pressure
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E1 5c 67
258 Heaven Can Wait
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E6 6b 2
  OVERHANGING CRACK
260 Go To Hell f7A+ ** 4
261 Nature's Angry f7B+ ***  
262 Death Knell E6 6b * 7
263 Hangover Wall
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E5 6b 1
264 The Overhanging Crack E2 5c *** 294
265 Scoop Traverse L-R f7A+ ** 3
266 Scoop Traverse f7A ** 56
267 Russet Groove VD *** 1916
268 Red Nose VS 4c 90
269 Exhibition Crack HS 4c * 674
270 Brown Ale Wall
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E1 5b 36
271 Guards Exit VD 558
272 Guards Exit Direct f6A 28
273 Pinkie Peeler
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VS 5a 33
274 Girdle Traverse of the Main Wall
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VS 4c 23
275 The Corner HVS 5a 93
  MAIN WALL
277 Maginot Line
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E3 6a 1
278 Crater Maker E4 6a 6
279 Flake Crack S 4b * 614
280 A Grave Mask
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E4 6a 1
281 Goose Step E3 6a ** 14
282 Kaiser Bill E4 6b * 7
283 Grovel Grove Variation Finish HVS 5a 30
284 Grovel Groove S 4a ** 971
285 Please Stop Me Before I Kill Myself
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E3 6b 1
286 The Gauleiter E3 6a ** 24
287 The Scoop VS 4c ** 1263
288 Red Wall Traverse f5+ 12
289 Black and Tan Direct
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E2 6a 41
290 Black and Tan Alternative Finish HVS 5a 105
291 Black and Tan S 4c ** 1276
292 Black and Tan Direct E2 6a 10
293 Jock Strap (Y-Front LH Finish) f6C 39
294 Y-Front SS
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f6B 21
295 Y-Front f6A+ * 369
296 Y-Front Direct f7A *** 181
297 Y-Front Arete f7B+ 11
298 X-Fire
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f6C+ 8
299 Second Staircase D * 546
300 Deception Crack VD * 579
301 Stretcher Wall E1 5c ** 219
302 The Viper E1 6a * 95
303 Hissing Sid E1 5c 25
304 Main Wall Eliminate HVS 5b * 201
305 Main Wall HVS 5b *** 693
306 Handrail Eliminate f5+ 18
307 Handrail Eliminate HVS 5c 66
308 Handrail VS 4c 509
309 Eliminate SS f6A 18
310 Eliminate f5 24
311 Introductory Staircase M * 345
312 Banister Crack
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VD 140
313 Main Wall Traverse f5 23
314 Main Wall Low Level Traverse f7A 4

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