The Bowder Stone is often thought to be a glacial erratic, however according to recent study it is now thought to be from a rock fall. The hillside above is littered with impressively large boulders, but none quite matching the Bowder Stone. It is thought to weigh around 2000 tons and sits 30 feet high. The steps on to the top have been there since at least 1890.
Its name possibly comes from the Norse god Baldr, although there are no references to really confirm this.
Parking is available at the National Trust Bowderstone pay and display car park.
If you need accommodation we have details of 15 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
From the parking area, return to the ticket machine near the entrance and bear left down the steps to the bus stop. Bear left again on to the track to the right of the fence, signposted "Bowder Stone 600m". The track climbs a little to a gate, go through and continue on the track to the Bowder Stone.
A set of steps enables the non-climber to attain a lofty perch.
Return back along the track.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Lodore Falls, Watendlath, Grange Fell, and the Bowder Stone circular||36m (40 yards) away|
|Dock Tarn, Great Crag, and Watendlath, from Rosthwaite||2.0km (1.2 miles) away|
|Millican Dalton's Cave - Castle Crag, Borrowdale||2.0km (1.2 miles) away|
|Castle Crag - Borrowdale||2.0km (1.2 miles) away|
|A Short Stroll to Lodore Falls||3.0km (1.9 miles) away|
|Eagle Crag, Sergeant's Crag and Ullscarf||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|The Glaramara Wainwrights||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|Skinny Dipping in Blackmoss Pot||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|A Short Walk From Ashness Bridge to High Seat||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head - A Half Newlands||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|Robinson and Hindscarth from Little Town||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|Grey Knotts and Brandreth circular from Honister||4.3km (2.7 miles) away|
|Catbells||4.4km (2.7 miles) away|
|Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy - A Half Newlands||4.4km (2.7 miles) away|
|Catbells and the Newlands valley||4.4km (2.7 miles) away|
|Scafell Pike from Seathwaite via the Corridor Route||4.9km (3.0 miles) away|
|Base Brown, Green Gable, Great Gable and Seathwaite Fell||4.9km (3.1 miles) away|
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