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“careful where you park!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Bowder Stone

The Bowder Stone
Rosthwaite, Borrowdale Ca12 5xb, England
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“careful where you park!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

yea i would agree the parking is a lot thats why I ended up with a warning ticket for parking outside the car park lol but on a posotive note it has encouraged me to join the annual scheme wich is pretty amazing value for £22 if ur under 25. An hour at most is all thats needed at bowder unless u want to try and free climb the rock. There should certainly be a cheaper parking option for the majority of people just wanting a quick look at a big rock with a stairway to the top but it is a nice place and a nice stop off before descending honister pass to get to buttermere

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“Interesting Stone, but rip-off for the car park”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2009

We wanted a short stop to see the Bowder stone, but were put off by the extortionate charge by the National Trust for the car-park. It is £3-60 for 2 hours and you cannot buy anything less than 2 hours - our stop was less than 30mins - walk down to the stone - climb up and look around it - take a few photos - walk back.
It is close to rockclimbing and abseling spots so the charge might be more appropriate for them - but avoid it for a quick look at the stone.

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Eden Valley Cumbria
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“An enjoyable trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2008

On a trip to Borrowdale we visited the Bowder stone.
Part of the enjoyment is seeing the stone appear, if you have not seen it before.
The stone has a history that has been lost in time adding to its attraction.
On one side can be seen the remains of a face.
Visit the stone if you are in the area.
Once seen never forgotten.

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“too many people”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2008

The bowderstone is in the beautiful valley of Borrowdale and while it is an interesting geological feature and free to visit, there are more interesting and attractive things to do in Borrowdale (e.g. Derwentwater, Catbells, Honister Slate Mine). It is an impressive giant boulder left balanced on one corner by the ice-age. You can reach under and shake hands with your friend on the other side, and there is a step ladder you can climb to get to the top. The main disadvantage is that it is near one of the few car parks in Borrowdale (although we walked there from our cottage) and so attracts a lot of people. It is also near rockclimbing and abseiling points. The Bowderstone seems to have been most famous in the Victorian times - there was an old picture of it in our cottage. However, there was a better view from it then as the view is now obscured by trees.

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