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Climbs 117
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 321m a.s.l
Faces S

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Absolutely fantastic bouldering on natural gritstone, in a beautiful place. There are plently of harder problems, but this an ideal place for low-grade boulders wanting lots to play on, and the problems come in all flavours: low-ball, high-ball, and utterly terrifying; slabs, aretes and faces - even a couple of chimneys and a few micro-routes. Plenty to explore, too.

Apart from the problems listed in Lancashire Bouldering (2014), there's an 18 page topo available, courtesy of John Proud: https://bowlandclimber.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/the-bullstones-pdf11.pdf

Approach notes

From Slaidburn, in the Forest of Bowland, follow a road (left) between the Post Office and the Hark to Bounty pub. After a mile or so, turn right onto Woodhouse Lane. Follow it to the end, where there's a little parking on the left. Be careful not to block any gates. The drive is about 1hr from Lancaster.

The walk in is about 1hr. Go through the gate at the end of Woodhouse Lane, and follow the roman road (keep right at the y junction just after the gate). Keep going, past the quarry, until you see a small bothy/house structure. Here you can either take a path right (to Large Buttress) or keep going, until the shoulder of the hill allows you to cross the valley (near Far Stone and Cowstones). A mountain bike would speed the journey up considerably.

 

Nice setting in remote Bowland - thought of as a journey rather than just trogging in for lots of bouldering it becomes more fun - certainly the approach lends itself well to a mountain bike - would save maybe an hour return. Weather needs to be spot on - warm, breeze, dry for a while (for under foot) etc
andy gittins - 31/Jul/20
Great venue to go bouldering!!Especailly for those bouldering in the lower to mid grades! Here's a link to video of Bull Stones that i made, enjoy https://vimeo.com/183222521
Ehmarra - 22/Sep/16
If you go alone it is worth considering the benefits of taking two pads. Great majority of landings are fine but some do slope. Having said that, it is a long way to carry. Better to get a few mates together.
Paul Clarke - 15/Jul/16
A fine spot. Well worth the rather long approach
Paul Clarke - 15/Jul/16
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