Lakes Bouldering



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A dedicated bouldering guidebook to the Lake District, spanning a range of areas largely in the National Park and all north and west of the M6 junction 36. The guide is intended to be useful to the visiting climber looking for a day or evening’s light bouldering just as much as the hard-core local with decent coverage for the V1 and V9 boulderer alike.

This book has been largely superseded by the Vertebrate Publishing book Lake District Bouldering.

The most striking aspect of Lakes bouldering is the sheer variety of rock types and environments available in the area, from the seaside sandstone of St. Bees to the high volcanic boulders of the Central Lakeland fells and from the grit-like Carrock gabbro to clean Eskdale granite. This variety means that conditions are likely to be decent somewhere in the region on most days of the year, though spring and summer are likely to give the best weather and autumn and winter the best friction for the hardest problems. The guide will also reflect a mix of venues, from the extremely well known and long-documented Bowderstone, Langdale Boulders and Badger Rock, through to areas hitherto best known to locals, such as Carrock Fell and the Eskdale granite boulders. We also hope to tempt you off the beaten track to some great new areas that have been developed only recently, places like Ladstones, the Wrynose craglets and the prominent, impressive, and still seldom visited Sampson’s Stones.

South East
Kentmere, Chapel Stile Boulders, Langdale Boulders, Wrynose, Coniston

North East
Gouther, Carrock Fell, Thirlmere Boulders, Ullswater

North West
The Bowderstone, Langstrath Boulders, Honister, Gillercombe Boulders, St Bees North Head, Fleswick Bay, St Bees South Head

South West
Wasdale, Eskdale Fisherground, Upper Eskdale, Furness Area

April 2006




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5 reviews for Lakes Bouldering

  1. Al Hewison

    The guide looks great and I’m not just saying that because some of my pictures have been used! Well done to all those involved.

  2. rob wills

    Great guidebook! Mine is well used and abused already. Some of the access descriptions are a bit vague but once you got your head round it, there are no problems. Good pics and fantastic problems and scope for more. Get your mat, get the book and get out there!

  3. Andy McVittie

    As a guide it is pretty faultless. Any offering that can get me around the fantastic, but confusing, Eskdale bouldering must be worth its weight. There is no comparison to the current online guide; it blows it clean out of the water. – full review .

  4. Matt Heason, planetFear

    The Rockfax Lakes Bouldering guide seems to hit the nail on the head first time with clear maps, inspiring photos and clear diagrams and photo topos.

  5. Russell Lovett

    It is clear, user-friendly, has loads of good quality photographs of the boulders and is professionally presented and laid out. – full review.

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