The National Trust is seeking permission to build and install a new ladder up the Bowder Stone in the Lake District.

Located in Borrowdale, the huge boulder has been a tourist attraction for over a century.

The aim of the National Trust is to get enable more non-climbers to reach the top of the stone by creating a metal ladder.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “The 9.3m- [30ft-] long ladder will replace one made on site in the 1980s of local timber.

“For the first time, it will be made of metal, to a design that restores the excitement of a climb and descent, and the slender, airy, profile of the original ladder.”

Chris Brammel a local Cumbrian architectural and sculptural metalworker will make the ladder. It will incorporate feedback from the local climbing community as well as the Lake District National Park Partnership and the local planning authority.

Harvery Wilkinson who is a National Trust curator said: “We’re restoring the excitement of a visit to one of the strangest and once most famous Lake District attractions.

Bowder Stone - large andesite lava boulder

“Once we have planning permission Chris Brammel can start work. We expect the new ladder to be in place next spring so there’s now a rare opportunity to take a photo of the stone without its ladder.”

The Bowder Stone, is a huge rock, roughly six times the height of a person and is estimated to weigh around 1,253 tonnes. It is commonly understood that the rock would have fallen from the crags above after the last ice-age and coming to its rest at its current improbable angle.

The Bowder Stone was bought back in 1910 by the National Trust using money from public subscriptions and since then it has been their responsibility for the care and conservation of the boulder.

A spokesperson for the trust said the Bowder Stone is a good example of how the Lake District landscape has been changed by humans. “In its heyday, the stone would have been seen for miles around, as depicted by artists and photographers of the day,” the spokesperson said. “It is now surrounded by woodland that is a site of special scientific interest.”

Now I can’t see any downsides to this, it makes it safer, allows more people to enjoy the summit and makes memories for future generations.

In fact, if someone created a Go Fund Me page to help with funding I would definitely contribute as it will help bring more people to the wonderful Lake District.

If you are in the region, I would highly recommend you take a detour and visit the stone and make take a photo or two.


Hi I am Luke, a guy who loves to camp and explore what the UK has to offer. I am from Yorkshire and some might ask why I would ever need to leave this wonderful county, we have everything you cover ever need.While this is true, the UK is full of some amazing places and I wanna see as much as possible over the coming years.

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