The Bowder Stone for Kids

Location : Grange Village  –  Grid Ref : NY 255164

The Bowder Stone, estimated at 2,000 tons, around 9m high, and 15m in diameter.

The Bowder Stone is one of the Lakeland’s most famous features, it is a 2000 ton stone, some 30 feet high, 50 feet across and 90 feet in circumference, rests in a state of delicate balance. Many people believe it toppled down the mountainside when in fact it was more likely carried here from Scotland on the glaciers of the Ice Age.

Postcard of the Bowder Stone from 1890

There is a large ladder you can climb to go all the way to the top. It is a short level walk from the National Trust car park on the Keswick to Borrowdale road, near Grange.
Many rock climbers come from all over to practice bouldering or climbing without ropes. they will often put mattresses below the climber to make sure their not hurt if they fall off.

‘The Bowder Stone’ by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)

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