Climbs 402
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 61m a.s.l
Faces SW

Dan Beban on Niblick (UK 5c), Harrisons. © Farez Rahman

Crag features


Harrison's Rocks belong to the BMC. Popular with groups and becoming well worn on the easier routes. Please use soft soled shoes (preferably climbing shoes) and clean your feet on a carpet or mat before climbing. There are large bolts above most climbs and a 3m length of static rope should be adequate to ensure your belay karabiner hangs over the edge of the crag to avoid damage to the rock from moving ropes.

Car Parking.

The car park is pay and display and belongs to the Forestry Commission.

Cars: £1/hour, £4/Day, £6/24 hours or a 'Discovery Pass' (see below) which allows unlimited parking for a year from the date of issue. (This will only be available for cars).

Minibus (up to 17 seats): £2/hour, £6/day, £8/24 hours

Coach: £3/hour, £10/day, no overnight stays

The Forestry Commission offer a "Discovery Pass" for £27 per annum. See their website

The Birchden Wood pass is here

Camping available on the Julie Tullis Memorial campsite adjacent to the car park, currently £5 per person per night, £2.50 for children. 

Often crowded on warm weekends. Please help to avoid further damage to the crag. If you witness poor belaying, please advise on the correct method.  Ropes running over the edge of the rock will destroy the crag so please bring long slings with you.

Approach notes

Take the road S from Groombridge, past the old station on the left. Take the R fork; 200m further turn R again down a narrow lane signposted "Birchden Wood and Harrisons Rocks".  The car park has recently (2015) been re-laid. Please see car parking above.

From the car park, various footpaths lead in a southerly direction to the crag - about 10 minutes walk.


Access Advice

Harrison’s Rocks are now owned and managed by the BMC for the benefit of climbers. The rocks are well-equipped with bolts for top-roping. A group of volunteers peridically load-test these placements, but we still strongly encourage climbers to make their own assessment of their safety before use.

Birchden Wood is Forestry Commission land and is open to the public. The fields to the west of the Rocks are private property. Any trespassing strains the good relations between climbers and our neighbours - if you are in charge of a group please make sure that your party is aware of this. Parking and Camping Charges will begin at Birchden Wood / Harrisons Rocks on the 24th of August 2015. For more information please visit

Isolated Buttress Update

The large block on the mainland opposite Isolated Buttress which was used to step across the gap has been removed due to it becoming unstable and dangerous. At the Sandstone Open Meeting in May 2015, considerable local opposition was voiced to the idea of construction of a bridge across to the pinnacle (to allow access from above). The Harrison's Rocks Management Group are monitoring the situation during the summer of 2015 to help inform a decision on a long term solution. 

In the meantime, please avoid abseiling or lowering off from routes on the Isolated buttress as this will increase wear to the fragile rock.

Various methods can be used to access the pinnacle and setup your ropes including soloing and being belayed across from above but these will be too risky for many climbers. The method which offers the most protection requires a very long length of rigging rope and is described in this short film on BMCTV or below:

Attach a locking carabiner to the end of your rigging rope

Clip your climbing rope through the locking carabiner at it's mid point 

Throw your climbing rope over the pinnacle to another climber on the ground 

The climber on the ground gently pulls both ends of the climbing rope until the rigging rope screwgate is hanging over the lip of the crag and flicks the rope into the right position to protect a route 

The climber on top of the crag ties off the rigging rope to the set of bolts on the main crag (or a suitable tree), leaving the locking carabiner hanging over the lip of the crag and the climbing rope not contacting the rock when it moves

The first climber up then re-rigs the rope for subsequent ascents using the bolts on top of the Isolated Buttress, ensuring the moving rope does not come into contact with the rock

All climbers then climb the route(s) and downclimb either the route they climbed or an easier alternative, rather than lowering off or abseiling

To retreat from the pinacle at the end of the session: 

The  last climber to top out re-clips the climbing rope through the long rigging rope attached to the bolts on the main crag.

All other rigging equipment is removed from the bolts on top of the Isolated Buttress.

The climber then down climbs a route with a belay rather than abseiling or lowering off.

Once back on the ground the climbing rope can be pulled through and the rigging rope retrieved from above.

Quality weekend on Sandstone again. Stayed at a new campsite-Green Hedges Farm, campfire weekends website. Absolutely made the weekend, the owner David is a legend and will have the fire started for you on your return from climbing each day so you can relax and cook some food :-)
finter22 - 07/Aug/12
Lovely place and great climbing. Was a shame to have come back to the campsite to find our tent smashed to pieces and our belongings rifled through. Had to cut a 3 day trip down to just that day. Will definately climb there again, but will certainly not be camping.
Tumblefluff - 30/Jun/12
If camping wacht out for squirrels, they will break into your tent to get food. top tip don't leave food laying around.
jay923 - 02/Jul/08
Harrisons RULES, the camping,people, climbing and senery is perfect.Begginers or experts all who go fall in love with the place. And it would'nt be the same without Frank and his guitar
zac skinz - 05/Jul/06
Harrisons is a great crag, lots of fun and easy to get too.. but don't get so hung up on it that you forget the other sandstone sites in the area that are less crowded and also great fun. Great spot for early summer impromptu climbing, go during the week if you can.
Rob - 08/Jun/06
Would one of you good climbers tell me if the camp-site is open year round? Was planning to drive over from Devon this Friday for a scamper but do not want to turn up and get turfed off! Cheers - Steve
Steve - 15/Mar/06
I like Franks guitar playing, it wouldnt be the same without a night round the campfire entertained by him. The campsite is excellent value, good climbing if you start very early during summer weekends.
Big Steve - 22/Dec/05
Careful where you pitch your tent. We pitched ours near a teepee and had to endure a loud performance for hours on end by someone called Frank. Apparently he couldn't hear our cries of disapproval, and it went until after 1am. My advice is, if you hear someone tune their guitar near your tent, tell them to be quiet immediately before you lose your sanity. Or bring ear plugs. Would otherwise have been a very nice campsite.
alex - 29/Mar/05
no chalk please it does look ugly, and you can climb the flakes without chalk.I did it and im not one of these crack climber.
brixton climber - 08/Mar/05
i learn it all from there, my first climb every year since 1990 is at harrisson rock on new years day. i cant undestand why they go to fontainebleau, when they have south sandstone at home.When you climb at harrisson you can climb anywhere. i just love it.
brixton climber - 08/Mar/05
harrisons rules! climbs are excellent and wheather as wonderful.. All in all a great day out to a beautiful place. Highly recomend it for beginners to intermediates who enjoy a shorter pitch or bouldering.
David Adams - 04/Oct/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 **North Boulder** 
2Groovy Graemef5+ 179
3letterboxf5 121
4Sunset Wallf5+ 104
5Layaway Curef6A 61
6torque wrenchf6B **96
7Finger Flowf7A 10
8original routeV2 53
9West Face Routef5+ **112
10Strong Strugglef6C+ 9
11Papillionf6C **29
12Revef6B 18
13back breakerf6C **14
14Full on Flingf6A+ 5
15The SheriffV5 ***56
16Silver Starf6A 51
17Triggerf5 **110
18Ok Corralnone 3a *150
f6A 51
20Ziggyf6A 20
21Red Riverf6A+ 19
22Pianof6A 6
23Alligator snatchf6B 34
24south island surpriseV0 4
25Serendipitynone 5c *4
26Demons of Deathnone 6a 9
27Special Invitationnone 6b  
28The Violent Spratnone 6b  
29North boulder girdle traversef6B+ **4
 **Start of Main Crag** 
31The Ramp
none 2b 38
32DJ face the musicV2 7
33Central Routenone 3a 37
34Usurernone 3a 16
35Trees are greenV0+ 10
36Photinianone 6a 2
37Teddy Bear's Picnicnone 6a 1
38New Hatnone 6a 1
39Central Groovenone 5b *14
40Dynamonone 5c *6
41Usurpernone 5b *13
 **Kukri Wall Area** 
43Penknifenone 5a 7
44Breadknife Buttress
none 4b 19
45Kukri Wall
none 3b 37
46Kukri Wall Directnone 4c 19
 **Singlet Area** 
48Laraletmenone 5b 3
none 5b 54
50Twigletnone 6b 7
none 4b *159
52Singletnone 5b 16
none 3a 68
54Deep Thoughtnone 6a 7
55Donnone 2a 81
none 5c 17
57Elasticnone 5c 20
58Tight Chimney
none 3a 64
59Tight Chimney Slabnone 4b 38
60Sullivans Stake
none 5c 4
61Gilbert's Gamblenone 4b 57
62Ejectornone 4a *141
63Sand Pipernone 6a 14
64Shyttenone 6b 1
65Trip of the psychedelic tortoisenone 6a 8
66Carreranone 5b *104
67Open Chimneynone 2b *170
68Cottonsocks Traversenone 4b *87
69Root Route 3none 5b 80
70Root Route 2.75none 4c 12
71Root Route 2.5none 5b 66
72Root Route 2none 6a 58
73Root Route 1 1/2none 5a 98
74Root Route 1none 4a 132
75Blackeye Wallnone 5c 22
76Slanting Cracknone 5c *18
77Counterfeitnone 5c *36
78Right-hand Cracknone 4a *64
 **Sliding Corner Area** 
80Smear Campaign
none 5c 3
81Corridor of Uncertaintynone 6b  
82Sticky Wicketnone 5c 2
83rotten stump wall
none 5c 16
84rotten stump arete
none 6a 5
85Sliding Cornernone 5b *46
86Awkward Cracknone 6a 5
87Easy Chimneynone 1b 17
88Fingernail Cracknone 1b 73
89Dinosaurusnone 5c 10
none 5c 11
91Tomcat / Simon's Wallnone 5c 32
92Panther's Wallnone 6a *16
none 5b 49
94Snout Crack
none 3b *89
95Mantelpiecenone 5c 4
96Beech Cornernone 3a 11
 **Hangover Area** 
98Blue Peter
none 5c *42
99Blue Murder
none 6b *10
100Slab (a.k.a. Diabollickal Crack)none 5a 193
101Slab Directnone 5b **274
102Slab Crack
none 5b *42
103Lager Frenzy
none 6c *3
104Lager Shandynone 6b *1
105Celestial's Reach
none 6a *2
106Hangover IInone 6a 16
107Hangover IIInone 6a ***93
108Hangover Right HandV6 **3
109Luncheon Shelfnone 5c *39
110Long Laybacknone 5a ***570
111The Flakes
none 6a ***115
112Flakes Direct
none 6a *25
113Coronation Cracknone 6a **42
114Supernaturalnone 6b **2
115The Limpetnone 6b **8
116Vampire's Ledgenone 5c **4
 **Bow Window Area** 
118Dark Chimney
none 2a ***305
119Dark Chimney Buttress
none 5a *109
120Nut Treenone 6b *11
121Icarusnone 6a 5
122Spout Buttressnone 5c *77
123Spout Crossing
none 5b *148
124Windowside Spoutnone 3b *166
125Casement Wall
none 5b *99
none 5b *247
127Bow Windownone 4a **521
128Bow Window Directnone 5c *47
129Finger Stainnone 5c *83
130Sashcord Cracknone 4a *373
131Big cracknone 4c *69
132Neighboursnone 6b 2
133Way Downnone 1a 47
 Archer's Wall Area 
135Quarterdomenone 5b ***58
136yosemite big wall climbnone 5b *22
137Giant's Staircase
none 2a 121
138Lost Arrow Wall
none 4b *30
139Arrow Crack
none 2a 84
140Gardener's Question Time
none 6a 10
141Longbow Chimney
none 2a 45
142Gristnone 6a 2
143Quivernone 5c *77
144That Man's an Animalnone 6b 1
145Toxophilitenone 5c *49
146Little Sagittariusnone 5c *53
147Sagittariusnone 5a **132
148Archers Wall Directnone 5c *26
149Archer's Wall
none 5c *40
150Stupid Effortnone 5b *91
151Long Cracknone 4b **178
152Riverdancenone 6a  
153What Crisis?none 6c **6
154Slim Finger Cracknone 5c ***142
155Vulture Cracknone 5c **35
156Missing Linknone 6a **2
157The Stingnone 6a 6
158Marcus's Aretenone 6a 1
 **Giant's Ear Area** 
160Horizontal Birchnone 3a 19
161Jumping Jack Flashnone 6b  
162Downfallnone 4b 8
163Pig tail slabnone 2a *8
164Left Edge
none 2b *75
165Original Route
none 2a 71
166Big Toe Wallnone 3b 31
167Greasy Cracknone 4a 68
168Directorsnone 5c 3
169Giant's Ear
none 5a *72
170Junend Aretenone 3c 18
171Happy Days
none 3b 15
172Snake's Crawlnone 1a 11
173Little Cave
none 2a 12
174Signalbox Arete
none 5b *21
175Mountain Railwaynone 4b 5
176Saint's Wall
none 5c 11
177A Killling Jokef7A 3
178Left Circle
none 6a 18
179Right Circle
none 4a **192
180Bloody Sundaynone 5c 4
181good fridaynone 5c 36
182Small Chimneynone 2b 154
183small wallnone 5b 59
184Reserved /Goats Head Soupnone 5b 10
185Goats Do Roamnone 6a **14
186St. Gotthard
none 4b **43
f3+ 3
188Hard furka
f4+ 3
189Grimy Grimself4+ 6
190Eigahhhhhhf5+ 6
191Yound Frauf6A **4
192Hachoo Hornf5 4
f3 7
194Simplon Route
none 4a *21
195The Sandpipe
none 4b *16
196The Sewernone 4c *15
197Sewer Wallnone 5c  
198Monkey's Necklace
none 5b ***9
199Powder Monkey
none 6b *2
none 5c **40
201Baboonnone 6a 1
202Oliver James
none 6b **1
203Monkey's Bow
none 6a *3
204Moonlight Arete
none 4c ***294
none 4c **206
206Matt's Fingertipnone 5a 3
none 6c * 
208Araldite Wallnone 5c  
209Easy Cleftsnone 1b 2
210Noisome Cleft No. 2none 3a 2
211Noisome Wallnone 5b  
212Noisome Cleft No. 1none 3a 1
213One-Two Traversenone 5a  
 **Wellington's Block Area** 
215Passage Chimneynone 2a 2
216Forester's Wall Direct
none 6a *12
217Indian Summer
none 6a *6
218Forester's Wall
none 5b **105
none 5c *50
none 6a ***54
221The Republic
none 6b **18
222The Niblicknone 5b ***469
223Niblick Direct Startnone 5c ***20
224Pincenibnone 6a *19
225Pinch Aretenone 5b ***34
226Wellington's chimneynone 3c 19
227Wellington's Nose
none 3b **98
228Lady Janenone 5c 2
229Sabre Crack
none 4b 25
230Kicksnone 6b 1
231Wellington Bootnone 6b 1
232Belts and Braces
none 5b *52
none 3b **23
none 2b *18
 **Squat Tower Area** 
236Wildcat Wall
none 5c 38
237Woodside Blossom
none 6a 14
238Deadwood Crack
none 4c *298
239Toeing the Line
none 4a *66
240Tame Variant
none 2b 195
241Tame Diedre
none 2a *55
242Stagnone 5c 27
243The Vicenone 4c **339
none 6a *58
245Handvicenone 6a 26
246Victorianone 5c 5
247The Clampnone 5c 4
248Rhapsody Inside a Satsumanone 5b 5
249Corridor Routenone 4a 20
250Birch Nosenone 5b 18
 **Reach for the Sky** 
252Fat and Middle-agednone 6a  
253Knight's Gambitnone 5b 3
254Knight's Movenone 5c 4
255Skin Jobnone 6b *2
256Reach for the Skynone 6a 1
 **Square Boulder** 
258Square Boulder Aretef6A *3
259The Stomach TraverseVB **2
260Square Boulder Layawaysf6A+ 3
 **Set Square Arete Area** 
262Set Square Arete
none 5b *79
263Sandbagnone 5c  
264Sunshine Crack
none 4c **193
265The Knamnone 6a *13
266The Manknone 6a *28
267Dr. Pepper
none 6b **1
268Piecemeal Wall
none 5c **51
269Karen's Kondom
none 6b 10
270The Chimney
none 2b **100
271Chimney and Traversenone 3a 18
272Ericnone 6a 8
273Reverse Traverse
none 5c 40
274Two-Toed Sloth
none 5a *233
275Tab Chimneynone 2a 10
276Soft Rock-ernone 5c 6
277Arustunone 5c  
278Agent Orangenone 5a 1
 **Isolated Buttress** 
280North-West Cornernone 5c **114
281Wooly Bearnone 6c **45
282West Wallnone 5c ***150
283South-West Cornernone 6a **46
284Apple Crumblenone 5b **12
285Isolated Buttress Climbnone 4c ***427
286Isolated Buttress Climb Direct Startnone 5b 79
287Edward's Wall
none 5c 66
288Edwards's Effort
none 6a *95
289Diversionnone 5c *141
290Birchden Wallnone 5b ***331
291Halibut Gibletsnone 5c *15
292Birchden Cornernone 5c ***242
293Frank's Arete / South East Cornernone 5c **8
294Crowborough Cornernone 5c **180
295Mr Spacemannone 6a **21
296Wailing Wallnone 5c **206
297Wailing Eliminatenone 6b 5
298Boysen's Aretenone 6a *83
299Boulder Bridge Route
none 2b ***50
300High Traverse
none 5c **1
301Girdle Traverse
none 5a *11
302Powder Fingernone 6b 3
303Green Fingers
none 5c *20
304Krypton Factornone 6b  
305Bloody Fingersnone 6a 1
306Bloody Staircasenone 6b  
307Plumb Linenone 5c 1
 **Jagger Area** 
309Jaggernone 5b 14
310Ear-ringnone 5c 1
311Big Cave Route 2
none 2a *27
312Big Cave Route 1
none 2b **56
313Smith's Traverse
none 2a **25
314Baldrick's Boulderdashnone 5b 12
 **Spider Wall Area** 
316Forget- Me -Notnone 6a 45
317Second Chancenone 6a *26
318Last Chancenone 5c *47
319Spider Wallnone 5b **215
320Cave Wallnone 5c *82
321Crack and Cave
none 4a **290
322Grant's Wall
none 6a 10
323Tiptoe Through the Lichennone 6b  
324Grant's Groove
none 6a *34
325Grant's Crack
none 5a **211
none 4b *16
327Thingamywobsnone 5b 37
328Whatsanamenone 5b 13
 **Garden Slab Area** 
330Purple Nastynone 6b  
331Little Cousinnone 5a  
332Rum and Ribenanone 4b 3
333Rum and Cokenone 5b 1
334Bovver Bootnone 5c  
335Cunning Stuntsnone 5b 1
336Cabbage Patch Bluesnone 5c  
337Back Passagenone 3a 7
338Tiptoe Thru the Tulipsnone 5b 4
339Biceps Buttressnone 5c 7
340Finger Poppernone 6b  
341Crucifixnone 5c *3
342Scout Chimney Left
none 2a 12
343L.H.T.none 5c  
344Scout Chimney Right
none 1a 17
345Garden Slab Leftnone 5a *17
346Garden Slab Right
none 5a *8
347Muscle Cracknone 6a *8
348Hector's Housenone 6b  
349Cornernone 6a 2
350Magic Wallnone 6b  
351Philippanone 6a ***30
none 5c *56
 **The Beach End** 
354Half-Crown Corner
none 5b *86
355Wander at Leisurenone 5a *124
356Birch Tree Crack
none 4a *184
357Birch Tree Variationsnone 6a 34
358Birch Tree Wallnone 4c 150
359Tree Rootnone 1a 21
360Stalactitef6A *10
361Skid Marxf6B+ *3
362The Scoopnone 5c *150
363Scoop Aretenone 6a *12
364Easy Cleft Left
none 2a 69
365Wooly Jumperf6C 4
366Pull Overnone 5c 69
367Right hand sit start (to Pullover)f7A *1
368Easy Cleft Right
none 3a *142
369Short Traversenone 1b 2
370Senarranone 5a *302
371Hell Wallnone 5a **463
372Charon's Chimneynone 3a *126
373Baskervillenone 6a *66
374Far Leftnone 5c **266
375My Dear Watsonnone 5c 44
376Elementarynone 5c **294
377Dennis the menacenone 6c 5
378Desperate Dannone 6a **65
379Unclimbed Wall Direct Finishnone 6a *39
380Unclimbed Wallnone 5b ***531
381Wizzards Progressnone 5c 15
382Unclimbed Wall Direct Start/Finish (Wizzard's Shuffle)none 6a *82
383Unclimbed Wall - Direct Startnone 5c ***102
384jingo wobblynone 6b 22
385Right Unclimbednone 6a *105
386Isometric Chimneynone 1a 51
387Sunraynone 5a 35
388Eliminatenone 6a 6
389Solsticenone 5c **84
390Bulging Wall/Zig Nosenone 5c *246
391Zig-Zag Variationsnone 5b 30
392Zig-Zag Wallnone 5a ***462
393Todd's Traverse (Boundary Wall Traverse)
none 5a *8
394Riftnone 5c *125
395Smartnone 5c 12
396Witches Broomsticknone 5c 37
397Maxnone 6a 6
398Neutralnone 6a 4
399Stubblenone 6b 1
400Meat Cleavernone 6a *2
 location unclear... insufficient info/description incomplete 
402Wanderfallf3+ **9
403Don Juanderf4+ *2
404Minnie the Minxnone 6a *2
405Zac Loftusnone 4c 1
 SS Bouldering Guide Numbered Routes 
407Route 26 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guide
V0 1
408Route 48 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guide
V0 1
409Weeping Slab
none 5a 1
410Smiliodon (direct)
none 6a 1
411Nose Finish
none 6a 1
412Sinner's Wall
none 3a 1
413Coffin Corner
none 4c 1
414Long Reach
none 5a 1
415Sewer-Rowan Connection
none 5b 1
416Pince Nez
none 4c 1
417Boxing Day Cracker
none 1b 2
none 4b 1
419Bouncy Castle
none 5c 1
420Butterfly Traverse
none 2b 1
421Bolder Route
none 5b 1
422Gall Stone
none 6a 1
423Right Under Your Nose
none 5b 2

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