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The Bowder Stone

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Address: Rosthwaite, Borrowdale Ca12 5xb, England
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Interesting but not exciting

We made a diversion on a walk to visit the Bowder Stone as we had been avoiding it for at least 40 years whilst passing up and down the valley. Have to say it wasn't that awe... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Parbold, United Kingdom
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Parbold, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made a diversion on a walk to visit the Bowder Stone as we had been avoiding it for at least 40 years whilst passing up and down the valley. Have to say it wasn't that awe inspiring but what is these days when you can see everything on TV or the internet first. Worth a visit if you like... More 

Thank paisleypark10
Lancashire England
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127 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is amazing to think that ice moved this huge bolder and left it balanced on it's side. Climbing up to the top is a great experience for children.

Thank 50something54
Milnthorpe, United Kingdom
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172 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

The Bowder Stone is a big boulder that was deposited by a glacier during the Ice Age.I read about it at high school, while studying glacial erosion from a geography textbook.So it was good to see it finally.It isn’t as exciting as I thought it to be but at least its free.It is nicely perched and there are stairs to... More 

Thank Gl0balCitizen2013
Preston, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We walked up to the Bowder Stone which was very impressive, along an uneven path but it was worth the visit. The car park nearby costs £4 but if you only visit the stone you are only there about half an hour.

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

I went for a wander up here with my two boys (4 and 6) whilst exploring the lake district. We found the National Trust carpark easy to get to with loads of space. The path was signposted and it was a well-laid path that was easy going. A short walk (about 10-15 mins) took us round the corner to the... More 

Thank Koch556
Colne, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

When i first came across the BOWDER Stone as a child, the first thing i experienced was the size, it was so big, and the story that hundreds of years ago this came rolling down the mountain, i am 47 now and when i am in the area i always visit. Just be careful when it rains as it gets... More 

Thank PendlePictures
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89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Firstly many people are members of the National Trust in which case the car park is free. We went with 2 granddaughters. We had been several times before, but they had not. They were quite excited about looking for a big rock. We saw real rock climbers in the distance on the way and the girls were happy to scramble... More 

Thank ESHW
Fareham, United Kingdom
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272 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I remember this stone being much bigger as a child so was not that impressed, however our seven year old grandson thought it was amazing. The area around the stone is beautiful and well worth exploring.

Thank denisewright8
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A little disappointing to be honest - its just a big rock! nothing else. However, drive past it and the little road leads to a stunning valley high up above Borrowdale (with tea rooms) and that really is worth the visit. You could always stop at the rock on the way but do not drive for miles to see this... More 

Thank Mark J
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102 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Visited the bowder stone today. I was last here 35 years ago. The surrounding woodland has grown a lot since my last visit , but the pathway to the stone has been greatly improved, the kids had a great time climbing the ladder to the top of the stone. Main thing that has changed is you have to pay to... More 

Thank Peter S

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