Climbs 286
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.

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.
More info
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 9
3 Ravine Flake
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f6A 14
4 Problem 35 f6B 4
5 Born Lippy f8A * 19
6 Pulp Friction f7C+ * 1
7 The Fan Left
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f6A 5
8 The Fan Central
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f6A 5
9 The Fan Right
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f6A 6
10 Outer Limits Direct Finish
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E2 5c 2
11 Outer Limits
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E2 5c ** 6
12 Childs Play f6B ** 265
13 Playtime
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f6A 30
14 Offwidth f4 13
15 Parisienne Walkways
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f6C 6
16 Entrebaillement f6A 100
17 Bottom
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f6A 14
18 Problem 24 f6A 6
19 Problem 23 f5+ 25
20 Problem 22 (Bottom Area) f4 34
21 Problem 21 f5 21
22 Sandy Scoop
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f6A 8
23 Alfie Thornton f7C+ 2
24 The Crack SS
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f8A+ 1
25 The Crack f7C+ ** 34
26 The Whack f6B 1
27 The Lightbulb f6A 283
28 Sheep Pen Traverse
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f4 72
29 Corner
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f4 140
30 Blind Seam
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f5 160
31 Dreaming of Heuco
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f4 174
32 Paw Prints
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f3 186
33 Hanging Rib
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f4 164
34 Sheep Pen Scoop
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f3 159
35 A Little less than Whence we started f3 4
36 Semantron f7B+ **  
37 The Mantleshelf f7A 97
38 Sandy Rib
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f5+ 156
39 Scooped Wall f6B *** 299
40 Sandy Arete
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f4+ 60
41 Scooped Wall LH
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f4+ 57
42 Scooped Wall RH
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f5 45
43 Apple Crumble f6A * 2
44 LH Flake
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f4 107
45 RH Flake
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f5 81
46 Black Wall
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f5+ 17
47 Pathside Boulder Traverse
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f6A 11
  Warm Up Wall
49 Warmed up and Worn Out Circuit
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f6C 4
50 Warm Up Traverse
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f6A 28
51 End
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f5+ 67
52 Wall
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f5 81
53 The Crescent Flake
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f6A 60
54 Groove
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f4 89
55 Short Slab
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f5 73
56 Evening Wall S 4b 99
  THE SCOOPS
58 Another Heap of it
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HVS 5c 10
59 Finale Wall
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E1 5c 10
60 Scoop Three E1 5b 41
61 Liberty
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E3 6a 1
62 Scoop Two E1 5b * 39
63 Toffs Variation Start
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E3 6b 3
64 Toffs f6C 12
65 Toffs (full route)
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E3 6b 2
66 Toff's Jump f7A 19
67 Bourgeoisie f8A+ **  
68 Working Class f7C+ * 5
69 Working Class SS f8B ** 4
70 Second Class f7C 4
71 Poverty (full route)
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E5 6c * 3
72 Poverty f7A+ * 29
73 Poverty Right-Hand f7B ** 21
74 His Eminence E4 6a ** 76
75 His Eminence (start only) f6B * 132
76 Stu's Variation f7A 17
77 Scoop One E1 5b * 41
78 The Judge E4 6a ** 12
79 The Trial E3 6a *** 100
80 The Jury E3 5c * 13
81 Bloody Crack VS 5a * 26
82 Arete f5 28
83 Bloody Nose HS 5a * 222
84 The Shiner f5 78
  THE WAVE
86 The Skate f5+ 16
87 Flying Fish f6A+ * 65
88 Flying Stag f7B 3
89 The Sting E3 6a ** 17
90 Honeycomb Wall f7C+ * 1
91 Honeycomb wall SS f8A+ ***  
92 Manuka f8A **  
93 Manta LH f7B 61
94 Manta Direct f6C 12
95 Manta RH f6B 114
96 The Manta E3 6a *** 58
97 Vienna f7B+ 44
98 Vienna SS f8A 2
99 Undertow
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f7C 2
100 Rising Damp E4 6b ** 3
101 Inner Space E5 6b ** 1
102 High Tide E5 6a ** 2
103 The Wave E5 6a *** 5
104 Captain Haddock LH f7A * 9
105 Captain Haddock f6C * 55
106 Rough Passage E6 6b *** 3
107 Poseidon Adventure E4 6a *** 46
108 Narcosis
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E6 6c 1
109 Growlers f8A 1
110 The Bends E4 6b * 6
111 Rip the Lip E6 6a 1
112 Green Crack HVS 5b * 14
  BARBARIAN
114 Atilla f7C  
115 Staggered f7B ** 38
116 Staggered SS f8A ** 1
117 Jimbo's off to Oz f7B+ 1
118 Barbarian E5 6b *** 4
  THE CAVE
120 Underdog Traverse f8A+ 1
121 Sprung f7C * 66
122 Cave LH Problem f6B ** 165
123 Left of Centre f7A+ ** 2
124 Cave Central LH f7A ** 45
125 Cave Central Direct f7A ** 5
126 Cave Central RH f6C+ ** 27
127 V Crimps f7C *** 22
128 Cave RH Problem f6B+ ** 128
129 Cave Traverse f5+ 33
130 See you in Disneyland
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E3 6a 1
131 Giants Ear VS 5a 51
132 Shoulders of Giants f7C 1
133 Shoulders of Giants Dyno f7A 10
134 Bulls Lug E2 6a 4
135 Robbers Rib VS 5b 13
  Crunche Wall
137 RH Arete
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f4+ 59
138 Middle Problem
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f4 95
139 LH Problem
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f4+ 78
140 Little Boulder Traverse f6A 31
141 Arrow Crack VD 83
142 Billy Liar E2 5c 6
143 Crunchie Traverse f5 116
144 Crunchie High Traverse f6C 3
145 Crunchie (full route)
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E2 5c ** 78
146 Crunchie E2 5c 66
147 Temptation (full route)
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E3 6b * 6
148 Temptation f7A * 26
149 Blind Wall S 4a * 112
150 Hanging Crack E1 5b * 46
151 Cruel Dude
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E4 5c 1
152 Boomer E4 5c * 2
153 No Surrender
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E4 6a 1
154 Brothers in Arms
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E5 6b 1
155 Retreat
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E1 5b 7
  BANANA WALL + TIGER WALL
157 Wall End VD 109
158 Wall End Direct HS 4c * 99
159 Yellow Peril E2 5c 28
160 The Runnel VS 5a ** 308
161 Banana Wall VS 4c ** 514
162 Banana Wall Traverse f4+ * 2
163 Abanana E1 5c * 133
164 Abanana Wall f5+ * 32
165 Banana Groove HVS 5a 80
166 Black Crack VD 275
167 Red Crack HS 4c 71
168 Leo E2 5b * 17
169 Tiger's Wall HVS 5a *** 661
170 Tigers Wall Circuit
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f5+ 19
171 The Cheetah E2 5c 11
172 The Rajah E5 6b *** 13
173 The Radgy f7C **  
174 Antihydral f8A *** 1
175 Imagery
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E4 6b 1
176 Slab Crack E1 5b * 26
  LORRAINE
178 Don't Let Go Arete f7C 4
179 Don't Let Go Direct Start
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E2 6c 4
180 Don't Let Go E2 5c * 43
181 Dont Let Go Variation f5+ 9
182 Lorraine Wall Traverse
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f6A 19
183 Lorraine VS 5a *** 693
184 Lorraine (start only) f5 *** 51
185 Little Red Rooster E1 5c * 164
186 Runt VS 5a 58
187 Pride Before a Fall
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VS 5a 27
188 Crescent Wall S 4b * 212
189 Pitchfork
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E2 5c 9
190 Pitcher Wall HVS 5a * 104
191 Picher Wall Direct
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E1 5c 23
192 The Keep
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E1 5b 10
193 The Belford Pie Shop E3 6a 6
194 Castle Crack HVD *** 1144
195 Bella E2 5c 7
196 Sue Direct HVS 5b 82
197 Sue S 4c * 350
198 Flake Wall D 156
199 Flake Chimney D 88
  CASTLE WALL + SCORPION
201 Castle Wall S 4b 335
202 Wall Crack VS 4c 78
203 Triple Cracks HS 4c * 315
204 Short Crack VD 76
205 Creepy Crawly f6A+ 10
206 The Harvest Bug f6A+ 27
207 Listen to the Rain E4 5c 5
208 Woolman's Wall VS 5a * 145
209 The Lobster E2 5c 24
210 Crab Wall HS 4b * 370
211 Scorpion VS 4c ** 841
212 Nutcracker HVS 5b 84
213 Brutally Handsome E2 5c 21
214 Nose Chimney D 71
215 Broken Crack
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E2 5c 11
  LEANING GROOVES
217 Blocked Chimney Corner HS 4c 158
218 Second Leaning Groove VS 5a * 397
219 First Leaning Groove HVS 5a ** 227
220 Street Runner E4 5c * 6
221 The Big Splash Direct Finish
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E3 5c 6
222 The Big Splash E2 5c * 28
223 Hanging Flake
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f6A 17
224 Flake Eliminate f7A ** 24
225 Long John S 4c 104
226 Transformer LH f7B+ ** 61
227 Transformer Direct Start f7A ** 146
228 Transformer (full route)
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E2 5c * 24
229 Transformer f6A+ * 160
230 Transformer RH f6C 33
231 Jackdaw Crack HVS 5b * 38
232 Long Crack HVS 5a ** 185
233 First Century E4 6a * 8
234 Klondyke Wall E2 5c ** 240
235 Klondyke Wall Circuit f5+ 14
236 Canada Crack HVS 5a *** 686
237 Quatra Twinkley E3 6a 2
238 Dog Eat Dog f6C ** 174
239 One Move f7A+ * 11
240 Canada Dry
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VS 5a 72
241 Whisky Galore f4+ 7
242 Family Pressure
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E1 5c 60
243 Heaven Can Wait
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E6 6b 2
  OVERHANGING CRACK
245 Go To Hell f7A+ ** 3
246 Nature's Angry f7B+ ***  
247 Death Knell E6 6b * 3
248 Hangover Wall
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E5 6b 1
249 The Overhanging Crack E2 5c *** 285
250 Scoop Traverse L-R f7A+ ** 3
251 Scoop Traverse f7A ** 44
252 Russet Groove VD *** 1615
253 Red Nose VS 4c 78
254 Exhibition Crack HS 4c * 585
255 Brown Ale Wall
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E1 5b 34
256 Guards Exit VD 482
257 Guards Exit Direct f6A 20
258 Pinkie Peeler
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VS 5a 27
259 Girdle Traverse of the Main Wall
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VS 4c 23
260 The Corner HVS 5a 83
  MAIN WALL
262 Maginot Line
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E3 6a 1
263 Crater Maker E4 6a 5
264 Flake Crack S 4b * 513
265 A Grave Mask
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E4 6a 1
266 Goose Step E3 6a ** 13
267 Kaiser Bill E4 6b * 6
268 Grovel Grove Variation Finish HVS 5a 29
269 Grovel Groove S 4a ** 809
270 Please Stop Me Before I Kill Myself
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E3 6b 1
271 The Gauleiter E3 6a ** 22
272 The Scoop VS 4c ** 1067
273 Red Wall Traverse f5+ 10
274 Black and Tan Direct
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E2 6a 37
275 Black and Tan Alternative Finish HVS 5a 87
276 Black and Tan S 4c ** 1069
277 Black and Tan Direct E2 6a 10
278 Jock Strap (Y-Front LH Finish) f6C 31
279 Y-Front SS
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f6B 20
280 Y-Front f6A+ * 313
281 Y-Front Direct f7A *** 129
282 Y-Front Arete f7B+ 8
283 X-Fire
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f6C+ 7
284 Second Staircase D * 472
285 Deception Crack VD * 487
286 Stretcher Wall E1 5c ** 197
287 The Viper E1 6a * 79
288 Hissing Sid E1 5c 22
289 Main Wall Eliminate HVS 5b * 172
290 Main Wall HVS 5b *** 591
291 Handrail Eliminate f5+ 15
292 Handrail Eliminate HVS 5c 46
293 Handrail VS 4c 438
294 Eliminate SS f6A 10
295 Eliminate f5 21
296 Introductory Staircase M * 289
297 Banister Crack
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VD 120
298 Main Wall Traverse f5 18
299 Main Wall Low Level Traverse f7A 4

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