Bowles Rocks

Bowles Rocks is Southern Sandstone's premiere climbing venue; its easy access and south-facing aspect making it convenient, sunny and fast drying. The sandstone is compact and amongst the best in the area, which is well reflected in the quality of the routes and boulder problems. For the most part, Bowles is one continuous stretch of rock, reaching 11m in places. It offers everything from slabs to steep overhangs and has a picturesque amphitheatre at the highest point of the main crag. The crag name comes from a dutchman named 'Bowles' who originally owned the rocks. The walls were also used as firing ranges in World War II and famously used to house pigs (which explains the unusual route naming conventions). John Walters, a passionate rock climber, recognised Bowles' potential in 1961 and purchased the rocks, turning it into a unique climbing centre. Ownership was transferred to a charitable trust in 1964 - The Bowles Rocks Trust - which is a registered charity that 'supports children and young people to achieve their potential through outdoor education'. The site also has other facilities including a dry ski slope, a heated indoor swimming pool and, perhaps most importantly, a small and well maintained toilet block ideally situated just below the rocks.


Order Climb Buttress Stars Grade
1
Window Smasher Ski Slope Boulders 1 f2+
2
Naughty Sporty Ski Slope Boulders f2
3
Spice Ski Slope Boulders 1 f2
4
One in the Pink Ski Slope Boulders f2
5
Heidi Ski Slope Boulders f4+
6
Referendum Ski Slope Boulders f4+
7
British Bulldog Ski Slope Boulders 1 f4+
8
Bull's Nose Ski Slope Boulders 1 f4+
9
Toreador Ski Slope Boulders f4+
10
Badger's Head Ski Slope Boulders 1 f3+
11
Badgering the Badger Ski Slope Boulders f2
12
End of it All Ski Slope Boulders f2
13
Candyland Ski Slope Boulders f4
14
Redwood Ski Slope Boulders f3+
1
Hibiscus Chalet Slab Area 2 5a 4c
2
Helter Skelter Chalet Slab Area 6c 5c
3
Chalet Slab - Chimney Chalet Slab Area f3
4
Chalet Slab Left Chalet Slab Area 2 3c 3c
5
Chalet Slab Direct Chalet Slab Area 2 6b 5c
6
Chalet Slab Right Chalet Slab Area 1 4c 4c
7
Mumbo Jumbo Chalet Slab Area 1 6b 5b
8
Mohrenkop Chalet Slab Area 2 6b+ 5c
9
Two Step Chalet Slab Area 6b 5b
10
Vito Chalet Slab Area f2
11
Michael Chalet Slab Area f2+
12
Fredo - Left Chalet Slab Area f2+
13
Fredo - Right Chalet Slab Area f2+
14
Luca Chalet Slab Area f2+
15
Sonny Chalet Slab Area f2
16
Salvatore Chalet Slab Area f2
17
Emillio Chalet Slab Area f2
18
Tom Chalet Slab Area f2
19
Carlo Chalet Slab Area f4+
20
Enzo Chalet Slab Area f2
1
Roman Nose Umbilicus 1 5a 4c
2
Umbilicus Umbilicus 2 6c 6a
3
Fallen Angels Umbilicus 2 7a 6a
4
Jean Genie Umbilicus 6b+ 5c
5
Geoff's Route Umbilicus 1 7a 6b
6
Geoffrey Moon Esquire Umbilicus 7a 6b
7
Blue Moon Umbilicus 1 7a 6a
8
991.8 Days Umbilicus 6c 6a
9
Court's Climb Umbilicus 4c 4c
1
Grotty Groove Scirocco Slab 3c 3c
2
Grotty Slab Scirocco Slab f2+
3
Running Jump Scirocco Slab 1 4a 4a
4
Scirocco Wall Scirocco Slab 2 4b 4b
5
Scirocco Slab Scirocco Slab 2 5a 4c
6
Netwall Scirocco Slab 1 4c 4c
7
Knitwall Scirocco Slab f7B
8
Corner Layback Scirocco Slab 2 6a+ 5a
1
Aphrodite Knucklebones 1 6c 6a
2
Zoom Knucklebones 1 7a 6b
3
Santa's Claws Knucklebones 1 5a 4c
4
Maybe When You're Older Knucklebones f7B
5
Knucklebones Knucklebones 1 7a+ 6b
6
Coast to Coast Knucklebones 7a 6b
7
Chelsea Chimney Knucklebones 3a 3a
1
Reclamation Gully Reclamation Slab 3a 3a
2
Reclamation Slab Left Reclamation Slab 1 3c 3c
3
Reclamation Slap Reclamation Slab 1 6b+ 5c
4
Reclamation Slab Right Reclamation Slab 2 3a 3a
5
Mental Balance Reclamation Slab 1 6c 6a
6
Cenotaph Corner Two Reclamation Slab 6a+ 5b
1
High Traverse Banana 1 5a 4c
2
Slyme Cryme Banana 6c+ 6a
3
Banana Hammock Banana 2 f6C
4
Banana Banana 3 6c 6a
5
Proboscis Banana 6c+ 6a
6
Drosophila Banana 3 6a+ 5b
7
Urban Jock Banana 1 7a 6b
8
Babylon Banana 5a 4c
1
TNT Fandango Wall 1 6b 5c
2
Coathanger Fandango Wall 3 6b+ 5c
3
Camel Fandango Wall 2 f6B+
4
Station to Station Fandango Wall 1 7a+ 6b
5
Fandango Fandango Wall 3 6c+ 6a
6
Fandango Central Fandango Wall 1 7a+ 6a
7
Fandango Right-hand Fandango Wall 3 6c+ 6a
8
Sonic Blue Fandango Wall 2 f7B+
9
Phasis Fandango Wall 2 f7C
10
Twisted Vegas Fandango Wall 2 f7B
11
Nicotine Alley Fandango Wall 3 f7A
12
Tobacco Road Fandango Wall 3 f6B+
13
Tobacco Road - Extension Fandango Wall 3 f6B+
14
Poff Pastry Fandango Wall 1 7a+ 6b
15
Pastry Fandango Wall 2 6c 5c
16
Skiffle Fandango Wall 1 4a 4a
17
Sugarplum Fandango Wall 2 f6A
18
Icarus Fandango Wall 1 6c+ 6a
1
Orr Traverse Kemp's Delight 2 6b 5c
2
Mick's Wall Arete Kemp's Delight 2 6c+ 6a
3
Mick's Wall Kemp's Delight 2 6b 5b
4
London Pride Kemp's Delight 1 7b+ 6c
5
Kemp's Delight Kemp's Delight 2 5a 4c
6
Mick's Wall Variation Kemp's Delight 1 6c+ 6a
7
Grotto Chimney Kemp's Delight 4c 4c
1
Patella Serenade Arete Area 2 7a 6a
2
Kinnard Serenade Arete Area 1 7a+ 6b
3
Nutella Serenade Arete Area 1 7b 6b
4
Inclination to Sin Serenade Arete Area f6A+
5
Resistance Serenade Arete Area f5+
6
Minimum Orr Serenade Arete Area 1 f5
7
Maximum Orr Serenade Arete Area 2 f6A+
8
Temptation Serenade Arete Area 3 7a 6b
9
Digitalis Serenade Arete Area 3 6c+ 6a
10
Serenade Arete Serenade Arete Area 3 6c+ 6a
11
Inspiration Serenade Arete Area 3 6b+ 5c
12
The Thing Serenade Arete Area 1 7b 6b
13
Jabba Serenade Arete Area f4+
14
The Fridge Serenade Arete Area f6C+
15
Juanita Serenade Arete Area 1 6c 6a
16
One Nighter Serenade Arete Area 1 7c 6c
17
Sapper Serenade Arete Area 3 5b 5a
18
Burlap Serenade Arete Area 3 6a+ 5b
19
Burlap Eliminate Serenade Arete Area 1 6c 6a
20
Yoyo Serenade Arete Area 2 4c 4c
21
White Verdict Serenade Arete Area 1 7a+ 6b
22
The Ly'in Serenade Arete Area 1 7a 6b
23
Meager's Right-hand Serenade Arete Area 1 6b 5c
1
Sing Sing Salamander Slab 1 3c 3c
2
Manita Salamander Slab 2 6b+ 5c
3
Jackie Salamander Slab 2 6a+ 5b
4
Jackie Direct Salamander Slab f4+
5
Murph's Mount Salamander Slab 1 6a+ 5a
6
Nero Salamander Slab 2 6b+ 5c
7
Hellbender Salamander Slab 1 f6A
8
Flatwoods Salamander Slab 1 f6A+
9
Salamander Slab Salamander Slab 2 6b+ 5c
10
The Twilight Zone Salamander Slab f6B
11
Perspiration Direct Salamander Slab 3 6c 5c
12
Perspiration Salamander Slab 3 6c 5c
13
Peter's Perseverance Salamander Slab 2 6a 5a
14
Hidrosis Salamander Slab 2 f6A
15
Boiling Point Salamander Slab 1 7a+ 6b
16
Them Monkey Things Salamander Slab 1 7c+ 6c
17
Carbide Finger Salamander Slab 3 7c 6c
18
Cardboard Box Salamander Slab 2 7a+ 6b
19
Thieving Gypsies Salamander Slab 1 6c+ 6a
20
Swastika Salamander Slab 2 6b 5b
21
Bubble Wrap Salamander Slab 1 7a+ 6b
22
Nightmare Salamander Slab 2 6c+ 6a
23
Recurring Nightmare Salamander Slab 7b+ 6b
1
Abracadabra Range Wall 3 6b 5b
2
Conjuror Range Wall 6c+ 6a
3
Kara Range Wall f6A
4
Ricochet Range Wall 2 5b 5a
5
Four-by-Two Range Wall 2 5c 5a
6
Pull Through Range Wall 2 6a 5b
7
Lee Enfield Range Wall 2 6a+ 5b
8
Target Direct Range Wall f6B
9
Target Range Wall 2 6c 5c
10
The Big Stretch Range Wall 6c+ 5c
11
Cave Crack Range Wall 2 5a 4c
1
ES Cadet Nose Pig's Nose Area 2 6a+ 5b
2
Skallagrigg Pig's Nose Area 7b+ 6c
3
Devaluation Pig's Nose Area 3 6a+ 5b
4
Sandman Pig's Nose Area 2 7a+ 6b
5
Stoneman Pig's Nose Area 7b 6b
6
Devour Pig's Nose Area 2 f6B+
7
Charlie's Chimney Pig's Nose Area 1 4a 4a
8
Love Pig's Nose Area 1 7a 6a
9
Hate Pig's Nose Area 3 6c+ 6a
10
Upside Downies Pig's Nose Area 1 7a 6b
11
Pig's Ear Pig's Nose Area 3 6b+ 5c
12
TT Pig's Nose Area 2 6a+ 5b
13
Pig's Nose Pig's Nose Area 3 5c 5a
14
Koffler Pig's Nose Area 2 6c 6a
15
Gully Wall Pig's Nose Area 1 6a+ 5a
1
Birch Crack Funnel 1 3c 3c
2
Chris Funnel 1 6b 5c
3
Kennard's Climb Funnel 4a 4a
4
Rib Funnel 6b 5c
5
Love Without Resistance Funnel 2 f6B
6
Dib Funnel 4a 4a
7
The Scouter Direct Funnel 1 4c 4c
8
Corbett Slab Funnel 2 4c 4c
9
Nelson's Column Funnel 1 5b 5a
10
Dival's Diversion Funnel 1 6a 5b
11
Funnel Funnel 2 4a 4a
12
Coolcaringer Funnel 1 6a+ 5b
13
UN Funnel 3 6b+ 5c
14
Wells's Reach Funnel 3a 3a
15
The Wrecker Funnel 1 7b+ 6c
16
One of Our Buzzards is Missing Funnel 7a+ 6b
17
Harden Gully Funnel 3a 3a
1
Silvie's Slab Larchant Wall 5a 4c
2
Six Foot Larchant Wall 1 5a 4c
3
Larchant Larchant Wall 2 6a+ 5a
4
Hennessy Heights Larchant Wall 3 6b 5b
5
August Variation Larchant Wall 1 6b+ 5c
6
October Larchant Wall 1 5a 4c
7
Fragile Arete Larchant Wall 1 5c 5a
8
Process of Elimination Larchant Wall 3 f6B
9
Basilisk Larchant Wall 4b 4b
10
Acromantula Larchant Wall 4a 4a
11
Centaurs Larchant Wall 6a+ 5b
12
Firenze Larchant Wall 6b+ 5c
13
Pop's Slab Larchant Wall 1 5a 4c
14
Pop's Chimney Larchant Wall 1 5a 4c
1
Fragile Wall Finale 1 4a 4a
2
Escalator Finale 1 6a 5a
3
Elevator Finale 1 6a 5a
4
Renison Gully Finale 1 4b 4b
5
Finale Finale 3 7a+ 6a
6
Alka Finale 2 5a 4c
7
Morpheus Finale 6c+ 6a
8
Seltzer Finale 2 6b 5b
9
Encore Finale 1 6b+ 5c
10
Zugabe Finale 1 7a 6b
11
Otra! Finale 1 6b 5c
1
November Beginners' Buttress 1 3a 3a
2
Baby Boulder Beginners' Buttress 1 4c 4c
3
G Force Beginners' Buttress 1 6b 5c
4
Easy Gully Beginners' Buttress 2a 2a
5
Ballerina Beginners' Buttress 1 4b 4b
6
Red Peg Beginners' Buttress 1 3a 3a
7
Claire Beginners' Buttress 1 3c 3c
8
Barham Boulder Beginners' Buttress 1 4b 4b
9
Rad's Cliff Beginners' Buttress 1 5c 5a
10
Rad's Cliff Direct Beginners' Buttress 1 5c 5a
1
Bovril - Left-Hand Nealon's Buttress 6a+ 5a
2
Bovril Nealon's Buttress 1 5a 4c
3
Wally Nealon's Buttress 1 5a 4c
4
Oliver's Twist Nealon's Buttress 2 6b 5c
5
Nealon's Nealon's Buttress 2 4c 4c
6
A Lady in Mink Nealon's Buttress 6c+ 6a
1
Whimper Hargreaves Buttress 1 3a 3a
2
Hillary Hargreaves Buttress 2a 2a
3
AS Peck Hargreaves Buttress 3a 3a
4
Hargreaves Hargreaves Buttress 3a 3a
5
Mercator's Projection Hargreaves Buttress 2 4a 4a
6
Simpson Hargreaves Buttress 2a 2a
7
Steck Hargreaves Buttress 2c 2c
8
Healy Hargreaves Buttress f2+
9
Ben Hargreaves Buttress f4+
10
Wilson Hargreaves Buttress f2
11
Heath Hargreaves Buttress f2
12
Tullis Hargreaves Buttress 1 f2+
13
Lino Hargreaves Buttress f4
1
Pat's Progress Woodland Buttress 4a 4a
2
Dubonnet Woodland Buttress 4b 4b
3
William's Layback Woodland Buttress 3a 3a
4
Free Willy Woodland Buttress 1 3a 3a
5
Index Woodland Buttress 4b 4b
6
Index Direct Woodland Buttress 2 f6A
7
Gore Brothers Woodland Buttress f5

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