Harborough Rocks

Climbs 87 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 310m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
A delightful, open mini-edge around 6m high. Along with Rainster Rocks offers a unique experience of climbing on dolomitic limestone, a highly pocketed, juggy rock. Super soloing or family picnic venue in summer (if you can zone out the factory noise). Nothing too hard except the short but sharp VSs. Best routes are Steeple Arete (VD), Trident Arete (HD) and Creased Wall (VS 4c). Other strange shaped pinnacles in the area to explore and some low grade bouldering on both tiers. Breezy and therefore midge-free and quick-drying.

Access notes
From Longcliffe (SK 227557) on the B5056 head south for Brassington. After 3/4 mile turn left and in a similar distance the edge will be seen on the left. Follow footpath which starts just after the 'Brickworks'.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Peak Bouldering (2014), Peak Limestone (2012), Peak District: Bouldering (2011), Peak District : Climbing (2008), On Peak Rock (2003),
Out of print: Northern Limestone (2004), Bouldering in the Peak District Vol 2 (1994), Peak Limestone - South (1987), Rock climbs in the Peak - Derwent valley (1981)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Introductory WallD 307
3Cave ChimneyS 4a 116
4Gobbler's RoofE7 6c * 
5Skylight ChimneyVD *119
6Cave Buttress AreteD 26
7Cave crackVD 61
8Overhang Wall DirectVD *44
9Overhanging Wall VariantVD **515
10Overhanging WallS 4b **339
11Overhanging Chimney DirectS 4a **252
12Overhanging Chimney IndirectVD 147
13PocketsS 4c 244
14CracksHVS 5b 131
15JugVS 5a *341
16Jug Right-handf4+ *27
17Pedestal CrackS 4a *485
18Concave WallHVD 4a *363
19Steeple AreteVD *557
20Arachnidnone 6a/b 9
21Spider ChimneyHVD 3c *177
22<New route claim>Unknown 4HS 4c *17
23Harborough CrackHS 4b *156
24Orange Peelnone 5c 9
25Little AreteD 366
26Useful Gully Aretef4 *16
27Bow RidgeVD 298
28Bow CornerHVD 247
29Bow-Shaped WallVS 5a 198
30Suzannes shoulderMS 4a 5
32Bow AreteD 369
33Bow Arete Rightf4 36
34Pocketed wall 1f3 14
35Pocketed Wall 2f3+ 17
36Pocketed Wall 3f3 15
37Pocketed Wall 4f3 *15
38Thin AirVS 4b *330
39Creased WallHVS 5a **224
40Crinkle CrackHS 4b *306
41Steep RidgeVD *491
42Little GullyD 267
43Adderley's RouteD 200
44The FurrowS 4b 187
46The BlasterHVS 5b 218
47Little DiagonalVD 207
48Little CornerVD 221
49Little CrackS 4b *292
50Little WallVS 4b 19
51Little Little CrackVD 260
52Little ChimneyM 238
53Chimney AreteVD 223
54Scooped WallVD 240
55Scooped DirectHVS 5a 26
56<New route claim> BecE1 5b *21
57DesperationS 4a 200
58<New route claim> Leesey PeasyS 4a 5
59Trident FaceVD *468
60Trident EliminateHS 4b *374
61Trident GrooveVD *534
62Trident AreteVD *672
63Trident ObverseD 181
65Shortyf4+ 50
66Mantel Wallf4 52
67Cracked WallHVS 5b 161
68<New route claim> Unknown1HS 4b 8
69Overhanging CrackVS 5a 212
70<New route claim>Unknown2VD 9
71The AreteS 4a *443
72BlinkersVS 5a *206
73Legs OverVS 4b *256
75Left Bulgef5+ 55
76Right Bulgef5 *61
77Cracked Aretef3 68
78Slab Wallf5 **53
79Flake Mantelf3 66
80Cod Eye Wallf5+ **45
81Cod BellyV0+ 5a 7
82Groove Aretef4+ *13
83Sharp Bulgef5 44
84Flake Sitter Leftf4 58
85Flake Sitterf4+ 45
86Final Wallf3 45
88Dudley *V2 *1
89The Arete (Harborough Rocks) *S 4a 2
90Cristiana Swing *S 4a  
91Pockets Traverse *f5+ 1
93Noodle's Arete *V2 1
94Noodle's Wall *V4 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Polished... Polished... Polished! What else can be said.
Jordanh031 - 21/Apr/14
Parking is realy close to the rock just a bit right of the quarry as a warning though if you go in the week the quarry is realy noisy so best to wait till the weekend. from the carpark area (suitable for about five cars) its a short walk to the rocks. The rocks themself are realy nice to climb and there realy is something for all the family. Theres plenty of places for protection while climbing and when you get to the top more than enough to setup a few top ropes and let them get on with it.
ophielle - 17/Jun/11
Great little crag once you zone out the (noisy) factory below. Giant holds abound and natural protection appears relatively reliable for a limestone venue. Polish was present in places but was considerably better than somewhere like Hutton Roof. I'll be back
davidparkinson - 22/Feb/11
Was I having a good day after a long time on the grit or is the whole crag undergraded?
fenclimb - 06/Jul/05
Very cute place, pity about the factory below. Best boulder problem is the obvious smooth wall some yards left of Creased Wall - fingery V2-ish direct up the centre.
Fiend1 - 14/Jan/05
Climbing here is great - lots to do, some good routes with interesting things to hang off and an excellent place to learn to set belays, lead etc. But dont expect a peaceful 'get away from it all' experience as the Brickworks emits a steady stream of earsplitting noise! Arghhhhhhh!
Patrick Carmichael - 12/Sep/04
According to the OS maps, this crag is spelt Harboro Rocks. Popoular with groups.
Paul - 17/Apr/03
the guide book refers to two rusting water tanks when it talks about how to find the cave at the lefh hand edge. These are no longer there. But the whole area isnt that big if you follow the footpath up to the edge and walk a few meters to the left the cave is very easy to find
annie - 13/Apr/02