BOWDER STONE - LAKE DISTRICT
The Bowder stone is a 2000 ton boulder that sits balanced on its edge at the bottom of Bowder Crag. It is an unlikely tourist spot but has been attracting visitors for over 200 years. It is unknown how the mammoth rock ended up at this site, and in its unlikely position, but the best theory is that it fell from the crag overhead between 13,500 and 10,000 years ago.
It was a wealthy man named Joseph Pocklington in 1798 who first monetised the stone by building a ladder to the top and fencing off the immediate area, paying visitors were given access to what was described as ‘probably the biggest stone in the world’. As well as climbing the stone, you were also invited to put your hand through a hole at its base and have a ‘handshake of luck’ whilst hoping that the boulder above wouldn’t topple from its precarious position.