The Lakes: The Bowderstone

Photos from the 2016 trip to to the Lake District. This time, they are of a very unusual tourist attraction, not a lake. Please enlarge the photos from the original post, if you are able to.


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After the exertions of Monday, Antony promised me a much easier day to follow. In reasonable weather, we headed off on the drive to Buttermere, one of the smaller lakes in the area. On the way, he suggested a stop at The Bowderstone, in the Borrowdale Valley.
A gentle walk of about ten minutes from the car park took us to the site.

This huge rock is believed to have fallen from the crag above, perhaps thousands of years ago, and it is unusual in that it came to rest on its edge, and has not moved since. Now managed by the National Trust, it was one of the first tourist attractions originally promoted in the area. In 1798, Joseph Pocklington publicised the stone as a tourist site, and employed an old woman to act as a guide…

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19 thoughts on “The Lakes: The Bowderstone

    1. You have to know about that spooky stone to find it, as it cannot be seen from the road. Luckily, my friend Antony used to live up there, until he moved back to London.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. What an amazing thing! I’m not sure I would have had the courage to sit under the overhang for hours on end! I guess it is very well lodged in the ground, but even then…….. Thanks very much for the travelogue πŸ˜€ Cheers, Jon.

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    1. It is just lying there now, with no charge to see it, and nobody permanently on site. Though it is managed as a tourist spot, and has a car park. The belief is that it was the outcrop of the crag above, and just ‘broke off’, probably some time in the dark ages.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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