Harborough Rocks

Climbs 88 – 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, and if you don't like polish... 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.

Approach 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 319
3Cave ChimneyS 4a 122
4Gobbler's RoofE7 6c * 
5Skylight ChimneyVD *125
6Cave Buttress AreteD 28
7Cave crackVD 66
8Overhang Wall DirectVD *46
9Overhanging Wall VariantVD **523
10Overhanging WallS 4b **348
11Overhanging Chimney DirectS 4a **261
12Overhanging Chimney IndirectVD 149
13PocketsS 4c 259
14CracksHVS 5b 134
15JugVS 5a *350
16Jug Right-handf4+ *33
17Pedestal CrackS 4a *504
18Concave WallHVD 4a *378
19Steeple AreteVD *574
20Arachnidnone 6a/b 9
21Spider ChimneyHVD 3c *180
22<New route claim>Unknown 4HS 4c *17
23Harborough CrackHS 4b *159
24Orange Peelnone 5c 9
25Little AreteD 379
26Useful Gully Aretef4 *17
27Bow RidgeVD 313
28Bow CornerHVD 260
29Bow-Shaped WallVS 5a 206
30Suzannes shoulderMS 4a 7
32Bow AreteD 383
33Bow Arete Rightf4 40
34Pocketed wall 1f3 15
35Pocketed Wall 2f3+ 18
36Pocketed Wall 3f3 16
37Pocketed Wall 4f3 *16
38Thin AirVS 4b *335
39Creased WallHVS 5a **229
40Crinkle CrackHS 4b *312
41Steep RidgeVD *505
42Little GullyD 274
43Adderley's RouteD 207
44The FurrowS 4b 192
46The BlasterHVS 5b 223
47Little DiagonalVD 214
48Little CornerVD 226
49Little CrackS 4b *305
50Little WallVS 4b 24
51Little Little CrackVD 267
52Little ChimneyM 244
53Chimney AreteVD 230
54Scooped WallVD 246
55Scooped DirectHVS 5a 30
56<New route claim> BecE1 5b *21
57DesperationS 4a 205
58<New route claim> Leesey PeasyS 4a 5
59Trident FaceVD *481
60Trident EliminateHS 4b *387
61Trident GrooveVD *553
62Trident AreteVD *689
63Trident ObverseD 186
65Shortyf4+ 56
66Mantel Wallf4 57
67Cracked WallHVS 5b 164
68<New route claim> Unknown1HS 4b 8
69Overhanging CrackVS 5a 220
70<New route claim>Unknown2VD 9
71The AreteS 4a *455
72BlinkersVS 5a *210
73Legs OverVS 4b *266
75Left Bulgef5+ 60
76Right Bulgef5 *66
77Cracked Aretef3 70
78Slab Wallf5 **59
79Flake Mantelf3 68
80Cod Eye Wallf5+ **49
81Cod BellyV0+ 5a 8
82GroovyV0- * 
83Groove Aretef4+ *14
84Sharp Bulgef5 49
85Flake Sitter Leftf4 63
86Flake Sitterf4+ 50
87Final Wallf3 49
89Dudley *V2 *1
90The Arete (Harborough Rocks)S 4a 2
91Cristiana SwingS 4a  
93Pockets Traversef5+ 1
94Noodle's AreteV2 1
95Noodle's WallV4 1
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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