BACK BOWDEN


A lovely crag tucked away in a sheltered wooded valley to the west of Belford. Unlike the continuous edge of the nearby Bowden Doors, Back Bowden consists of a series of separate buttresses spread along the valley side, tailing off into some woods. The sheltered nature of the place means it can get a bit hot and fly-blown in humid conditions but it also makes a top venue on cold clear days. Many of the routes here range from hard to very hard though there are enough easier offerings scattered around the cliff to make a visit worthwhile by most folks, whatever their aspirations.

Routes

59 trad routes (Diff...E9)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Merlin
The leaning mass of the Merlin Wall is one of the most impressive bits of rock in Northumberland -...
12
Trad
Sun and shade
Up and down

5 mins

The Witch
The attractive slab running rightwards from Holly Tree Corner has a good selection of climbs and,...
13
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Downhill

5 mins

sheltered
On the Verge
The attractive hanging slab bound to either side by a pair of easy groove lines. The fine set of...
11
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Downhill

5 mins

sheltered
Tube
The impressive buttress that towers over the fence is covered in fine routes plus many variations...
9
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Downhill

5 mins

sheltered
Roof Route
The first crag reached from the parking has a good set of climbs; a quartet of Green Spot routes,...
14
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Downhill

5 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For BACK BOWDEN

    The Arches
    "Great route if your 5'7"......take a tall second just for the crack..." 12/Jun

    Outward Bound
    "Great route. not much in this and lost cause, hard 6a!" 20/Oct

    On the Rocks
    "Dare I say it's too straightforward for 6c; perhaps a stiff 6b? Definately worth..." 25/Sep

    Original Route
    "Surely deserves some stars? The first corner is pleasant and the jugs above are ..." 13/Sep

    On the Verge
    "E3 5b/c is more sensible for someone of average height. Only one tricky move." 12/Sep

    Charlotte's Dream Direct
    "The first ascent of the direct version was by Mark Savage in 2003. There were tw..." 02/Sep

    Hazelrigg Wall
    "Font 5+ highball with a good mat." 09/Aug

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