Rock Climbing at Bowles Rocks
Bowles is one of the best climbing venues in the Southeast with south facing, quick drying good quality sandstone and excellent access. Bowles has over 230 climbs up to 10m in height across the range of grades from 1a to 6c. Bowles is soft sandstone so special guidelines should be followed to look after the rock.
There are 2 main guidebooks to the area, the Jingo Wobbly guide is available in the Bowles office along with a Bowles pamphlet guide
Bowles is the only UK based outdoor centre with its own natural sandstone outcrop suitable for climbing. We use our extensive experience and copious enthusiasm to run rock climbing courses for all abilities and ages.
The rocks are almost always open to climbers, we charge a fee which goes towards managing the rocks and supporting the charity, The Bowles Rocks Trust which develops young people through outdoor activities.
Rock climbing courses and lessons
For beginners learning to climb, our instructors are very experienced and able to build your confidence and teach you ropework skills to get you to the stage where you can climb independently. Call us to book a lesson, 01892 665665.
For children we run climbing courses throughout most school holidays.
For instructed courses and lessons, we provide all equipment, except rock climbing shoes. Those climbing independently need to bring their own equipment.