The Bowder Stone

The Bowder Stone on Grange Fell is one of the most famous rocks in the Lake District. It weighs 2000 tonnes, is 30 feet high, 30 feet across and 90 feet in circumference and it balances all by itself. Strangely it did not topple down the mountainside as you might imagine for it is not a local rock. It was most likely carried here from Scotland by an ice age glacier. It may get its name from Balder, son of the Norse God Odin. No one knows. You'll find it a short walk from the National Trust Bowder Stone car park on the Keswick to Borrowdale Road. There's a fixed ladder which you can use to climb to the top.