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Directions to Bowden Doors, Northumberland.

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Need to Know

OS Map: Explorer 340 - Holy Island & Bamburgh.
Grid Ref: NU 069 327.
Aspect: South West.
Walk In: Under 5 minutes.
On Offer: Lots of routes & bouldering.
Jane climbing at Bowden Doors.


Described in the Rockfax Northern England guidebook as "perhaps the archetypal Northumbrian crag", Bowden Doors has it all; lots of routes, plenty of bouldering, good access, sun throughout the afternoon and it's quick drying after wet weather. It's no wonder that it's easily one of Northumberland's most popular crags.

How to Get There

1. Bowden Doors is most easily accessed from the A1 trunk road. Leave the A1 at Belford, approximately fifteen miles north of Alnwick, or fourteen miles south of Berwick upon Tweed, turning onto the B6349.

2. Drive into the centre of the village and take the turning signposted Wooler B6349.

3. Follow the B6349 west for a little over two miles. You will pass a turning on the right side of the road signposted Hazelrigg and Lowick.

4. Continue to follow the B6349 for a further quarter of a mile. The road winds and rises to a plateau. Where the road levels out, at grid reference NU 074 322, park considerately on the grassy verge.

5. The crag is on the right side of the road, 100 yards from the fence line, and is accessed through a narrow gate.


Please be mindful of the land owner and others who may need access to the area. Take care when parking, and do not cause obstructions. Leave the area clean and tidy, and pack out everything you bring in.