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 292
3Cave ChimneyS 4a 112
4Gobbler's RoofE7 6c * 
5Skylight ChimneyVD *115
6Cave Buttress AreteD 25
7Cave crackVD 54
8Overhang Wall DirectVD *40
9Overhanging Wall VariantVD **497
10Overhanging WallS 4b **320
11Overhanging Chimney DirectS 4a **243
12Overhanging Chimney IndirectVD 145
13PocketsS 4c 233
14CracksHVS 5b 125
15JugVS 5a *323
16Jug Right-handf4+ *25
17Pedestal CrackS 4a *474
18Concave WallHVD 4a *345
19Steeple AreteVD *530
20Arachnidnone 6a/b 9
21Spider ChimneyHVD 3c *174
22<New route claim>Unknown 4HS 4c *16
23Harborough CrackHS 4b *154
24Orange Peelnone 5c 9
25Little AreteD 348
26Useful Gully Aretef4 *13
27Bow RidgeVD 286
28Bow CornerHVD 239
29Bow-Shaped WallVS 5a 192
30Suzannes shoulderMS 4a 5
32Bow AreteD 357
33Bow Arete Rightf4 33
34Pocketed wall 1f3 13
35Pocketed Wall 2f3+ 16
36Pocketed Wall 3f3 14
37Pocketed Wall 4f3 *14
38Thin AirVS 4b *314
39Creased WallHVS 5a **213
40Crinkle CrackHS 4b *283
41Steep RidgeVD *463
42Little GullyD 253
43Adderley's RouteD 191
44The FurrowS 4b 177
46The BlasterHVS 5b 209
47Little DiagonalVD 198
48Little CornerVD 213
49Little CrackS 4b *278
50Little WallVS 4b 16
51Little Little CrackVD 248
52Little ChimneyM 225
53Chimney AreteVD 213
54Scooped WallVD 231
55Scooped DirectHVS 5a 23
56<New route claim> BecE1 5b *21
57DesperationS 4a 190
58<New route claim> Leesey PeasyS 4a 5
59Trident FaceVD *437
60Trident EliminateHS 4b *348
61Trident GrooveVD *508
62Trident AreteVD *636
63Trident ObverseD 176
65Shortyf4+ 45
66Mantel Wallf4 47
67Cracked WallHVS 5b 158
68<New route claim> Unknown1HS 4b 8
69Overhanging CrackVS 5a 203
70<New route claim>Unknown2VD 9
71The AreteS 4a *423
72BlinkersVS 5a *199
73Legs OverVS 4b *247
75Left Bulgef5+ 50
76Right Bulgef5 *51
77Cracked Aretef3 59
78Slab Wallf5 **48
79Flake Mantelf3 60
80Cod Eye Wallf5+ **41
81Cod BellyV0+ 5a 7
82Groove Aretef4+ *12
83Sharp Bulgef5 37
84Flake Sitter Leftf4 50
85Flake Sitterf4+ 40
86Final Wallf3 40
88Dudley *V2 *1
89The Arete (Harborough Rocks) *S 4a 2
90Cristiana Swing *S 4a  
91Pockets Traverse *f5+ 1
93Noodle's Arete *V2  
94Noodle's Wall *V4  
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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