The Bowderstone


Classic hardcore Lakes Bouldering.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
Importance: National CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 76
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed:
Grid Reference: NY 254 164

The Bowderstone is a local tourist attraction in Borrowdale. It is a very big stand alone boulder with some very hard bouldering on a 45 degree roof.

Online guide available here.


Parking and Approach

Pay and display car park but fre to National Trust members.
Area information

With implimentation of the CRoW Act (2000), many Lakes fells and crags now have an Open Access designation. They also have many nationally important bird and plant species dependant on inaccessible crags/ledges and heather/mixed heath environments for survival. During the bird nesting period, a number of species can be vulnerable to disturbance. The Lake District restrictions are monitored, variable (VR) and reviewed in April/May. If the birds do not nest, restrictions are lifted early. Check notice boards in shops, walls and cafés in early May for details and the BMC and FRCC websites. New restrictions will be notified on the websites and with on-site notices. To view the BMC's Lake District Green Climbing Guide click this link:

Weather Information

Guidebook info currently being updated


Updated: 13/12/2016


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Updated: 03/01/2017


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Now leased by The Lake District Calvert Trust from the National Trust. Sleeps 12 and has been refurbished. Now fully accessible. Contact the Lake District Calvert Trust to hire it
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The Bowderstone hut closed down several years ago