Climbs 403
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. 

July 2016 - Machine still only accepting coins, no cards or notes accepted (bring a lot of coins)

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.


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+ 188
3letterboxf5 127
4Sunset Wallf5+ 107
5Layaway Curef6A 62
6torque wrenchf6B **99
7Finger Flowf7A 10
8original routeV2 56
9West Face Routef5+ **117
10Strong Strugglef6C+ 9
11Papillionf6C **33
12Revef6B 23
13back breakerf6C **14
14Full on Flingf6A+ 5
15The SheriffV5 ***62
16Silver Starf6A 54
17Triggerf5 **113
18Ok Corralnone 3a *154
f6A 53
20Ziggyf6A 20
21Red Riverf6A+ 19
22Pianof6A 6
23Alligator snatchf6B 35
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 38
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 55
50Twigletnone 6b 7
none 4b *164
52Singletnone 5b 17
none 3a 68
54Deep Thoughtnone 6a 7
55Donnone 2a 83
none 5c 18
57Elasticnone 5c 21
58Tight Chimney
none 3a 66
59Tight Chimney Slabnone 4b 41
60Sullivans Stake
none 5c 4
61Gilbert's Gamblenone 4b 61
62Ejectornone 4a *147
63Sand Pipernone 6a 14
64Shyttenone 6b 1
65Trip of the psychedelic tortoisenone 6a 8
66Carreranone 5b *114
67Open Chimneynone 2b *181
68Cottonsocks Traversenone 4b *95
69Root Route 3none 5b 83
70Root Route 2.75none 4c 12
71Root Route 2.5none 5b 67
72Root Route 2none 6a 63
73Root Route 1 1/2none 5a 102
74Root Route 1none 4a 138
75Blackeye Wallnone 5c 24
76Slanting Cracknone 5c *19
77Counterfeitnone 5c *37
78Right-hand Cracknone 4a *66
 **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 *47
86Awkward Cracknone 6a 6
87Easy Chimneynone 1b 17
88Fingernail Cracknone 1b 73
89Dinosaurusnone 5c 10
none 5c 11
91Tomcat / Simon's Wallnone 5c 33
92Panther's Wallnone 6a *16
none 5b 50
94Snout Crack
none 3b *94
95Mantelpiecenone 5c 4
96Beech Cornernone 3a 11
 **Hangover Area** 
98Blue Peter
none 5c *48
99Blue Murder
none 6b *10
100Slab (a.k.a. Diabollickal Crack)none 5a 203
101Slab Directnone 5b **288
102Slab Crack
none 5b *43
103Lager Frenzy
none 6c *3
104Lager Shandynone 6b *1
105Celestial's Reach
none 6a *2
106Hangover IInone 6a 16
107Hangover IIInone 6a ***120
108Hangover Right HandV6 **4
109Luncheon Shelfnone 5c *39
110Long Laybacknone 5a ***581
111The Flakes
none 6a ***132
112Flakes Direct
none 6a *25
113Coronation Cracknone 6a **47
114Supernaturalnone 6b **2
115The Limpetnone 6b **8
116Vampire's Ledgenone 5c **4
 **Bow Window Area** 
118Dark Chimney
none 2a ***310
119Dark Chimney Buttress
none 5a *113
120Nut Treenone 6b *12
121Icarusnone 6a 5
122Spout Buttressnone 5c *78
123Spout Crossing
none 5b *150
124Windowside Spoutnone 3b *170
125Casement Wall
none 5b *101
none 5b *257
127Bow Windownone 4a **552
128Bow Window Directnone 5c *50
129Finger Stainnone 5c *91
130Sashcord Cracknone 4a *390
131Big cracknone 4c *72
132Neighboursnone 6b 2
133Way Downnone 1a 51
 Archer's Wall Area 
135Quarterdomenone 5b ***60
136yosemite big wall climbnone 5b *22
137Giant's Staircase
none 2a 126
138Lost Arrow Wall
none 4b *32
139Arrow Crack
none 2a 85
140Gardener's Question Time
none 6a 10
141Longbow Chimney
none 2a 45
142Gristnone 6a 2
143Quivernone 5c *83
144That Man's an Animalnone 6b 1
145Toxophilitenone 5c *52
146Little Sagittariusnone 5c *54
147Sagittariusnone 5a **145
148Archers Wall Directnone 5c *28
149Archer's Wall
none 5c *40
150Stupid Effortnone 5b *96
151Long Cracknone 4b **195
152Riverdancenone 6a  
153What Crisis?none 6c **11
154Slim Finger Cracknone 5c ***153
155Vulture Cracknone 5c **36
156Missing Linknone 6a **2
157The Stingnone 6a 8
158Marcus's Aretenone 6a 2
 **Giant's Ear Area** 
160Horizontal Birchnone 3a 19
161Jumping Jack Flashnone 6b  
162Downfallnone 4b 8
163Pig tail slabnone 2a *11
164Left Edge
none 2b *85
165Original Route
none 2a 80
166Big Toe Wallnone 3b 33
167Greasy Cracknone 4a 75
168Directorsnone 5c 3
169Giant's Ear
none 5a *92
170Junend Aretenone 3c 20
171Happy Days
none 3b 22
172Snake's Crawlnone 1a 11
173Little Cave
none 2a 12
174Signalbox Arete
none 5b *21
175Mountain Railwaynone 4b 5
176Saint's Wall
none 5c 14
177A Killling Jokef7A 3
178Left Circle
none 6a 18
179Right Circle
none 4a **211
180Bloody Sundaynone 5c 6
181good fridaynone 5c 38
182Small Chimneynone 2b 170
183small wallnone 5b 60
184Reserved /Goats Head Soupnone 5b 11
185Long Stretchnone 5b 2
186Coffin Corner
none 4c 6
187Goats Do Roamnone 6a **15
188St. Gotthard
none 4b **46
f3+ 3
190Hard furka
f4+ 3
191Grimy Grimself4+ 6
192Eigahhhhhhf5+ 6
193Yound Frauf6A **4
194Hachoo Hornf5 4
f3 7
196Simplon Route
none 4a *25
197The Sandpipe
none 4b *18
198The Sewernone 4c *17
199Sewer Wallnone 5c  
200Sewer-Rowan Connection
none 5b 1
201Monkey's Necklace
none 5b ***9
202Powder Monkey
none 6b *2
none 5c **43
204Baboonnone 6a 1
205Oliver James
none 6b **2
206Monkey's Bow
none 6a *4
207Moonlight Arete
none 4c ***328
none 4c **222
209Matt's Fingertipnone 5a 3
none 6c * 
211Araldite Wallnone 5c  
212Easy Cleftsnone 1b 2
213Noisome Cleft No. 2none 3a 2
214Noisome Wallnone 5b  
215Boxing Day Cracker
none 1b 3
216Noisome Cleft No. 1none 3a 1
217One-Two Traversenone 5a  
 **Wellington's Block Area** 
219Passage Chimneynone 2a 2
220Forester's Wall Direct
none 6a *12
221Indian Summer
none 6a *6
222Forester's Wall
none 5b **110
none 5c *53
none 6a ***70
225The Republic
none 6b **23
226The Niblicknone 5b ***493
227Niblick Direct Startnone 5c ***20
228Pincenibnone 6a *20
229Pince Nez
none 4c 1
230Pinch Aretenone 5b ***36
231Wellington's chimneynone 3c 20
232Wellington's Nose
none 3b **101
233Lady Janenone 5c 2
none 4b 1
235Sabre Crack
none 4b 28
236Kicksnone 6b 1
237Wellington Bootnone 6b 1
238Belts and Braces
none 5b *53
none 3b **23
none 2b *18
 **Squat Tower Area** 
242Wildcat Wall
none 5c 38
243Woodside Blossom
none 6a 15
244Deadwood Crack
none 4c *315
245Toeing the Line
none 4a *71
246Tame Variant
none 2b 202
247Tame Diedre
none 2a *60
248Stagnone 5c 29
249The Vicenone 4c **354
none 6a *62
251Handvicenone 6a 29
252Victorianone 5c 5
253The Clampnone 5c 4
254Rhapsody Inside a Satsumanone 5b 5
255Corridor Routenone 4a 22
256Birch Nosenone 5b 18
 **Reach for the Sky** 
258Fat and Middle-agednone 6a  
259Knight's Gambitnone 5b 3
260Knight's Movenone 5c 5
261Skin Jobnone 6b *2
262Reach for the Skynone 6a 1
 **Square Boulder** 
264Square Boulder Aretef6A *3
265The Stomach TraverseVB **2
266Square Boulder Layawaysf6A+ 3
 **Set Square Arete Area** 
268Set Square Arete
none 5b *80
269Sandbagnone 5c  
270Sunshine Crack
none 4c **202
271The Knamnone 6a *16
272The Manknone 6a *31
273Dr. Pepper
none 6b **1
274Piecemeal Wall
none 5c **52
275Karen's Kondom
none 6b 10
276The Chimney
none 2b **103
277Chimney and Traversenone 3a 19
278Ericnone 6a 9
279Reverse Traverse
none 5c 41
280Two-Toed Sloth
none 5a *243
281Tab Chimneynone 2a 10
282Soft Rock-ernone 5c 6
283Arustunone 5c  
284Agent Orangenone 5a 1
 **Isolated Buttress** 
286North-West Cornernone 5c **117
287Wooly Bearnone 6c **58
288West Wallnone 5c ***163
289South-West Cornernone 6a **52
290Apple Crumblenone 5b **12
291Isolated Buttress Climbnone 4c ***438
292Isolated Buttress Climb Direct Startnone 5b 81
293Edward's Wall
none 5c 67
294Edwards's Effort
none 6a *97
295Diversionnone 5c *142
296Birchden Wallnone 5b ***339
297Halibut Gibletsnone 5c *15
298Birchden Cornernone 5c ***251
299Frank's Arete / South East Cornernone 5c **9
300Crowborough Cornernone 5c **181
301Mr Spacemannone 6a **22
302Wailing Wallnone 5c **208
303Wailing Eliminatenone 6b 5
304Boysen's Aretenone 6a *83
305Boulder Bridge Route
none 2b ***51
306High Traverse
none 5c **1
307Girdle Traverse
none 5a *11
308Powder Fingernone 6b 3
309Green Fingers
none 5c *20
310Krypton Factornone 6b  
311Bloody Fingersnone 6a 1
312Bloody Staircasenone 6b  
313Plumb Linenone 5c 1
 **Jagger Area** 
315Gall Stone
none 6a 1
316Jaggernone 5b 14
317Ear-ringnone 5c 1
318Big Cave Route 2
none 2a *27
319Big Cave Route 1
none 2b **59
320Smith's Traverse
none 2a **25
321Right Under Your Nose
none 5b 3
322Baldrick's Boulderdashnone 5b 12
 **Spider Wall Area** 
324Forget- Me -Notnone 6a 52
325Second Chancenone 6a *27
326Last Chancenone 5c *51
327Spider Wallnone 5b **228
328Cave Wallnone 5c *88
329Crack and Cave
none 4a **314
330Grant's Wall
none 6a 16
331Tiptoe Through the Lichennone 6b  
332Grant's Groove
none 6a *43
333Grant's Crack
none 5a **225
none 4b *19
335Thingamywobsnone 5b 38
336Whatsanamenone 5b 13
 **Garden Slab Area** 
338Purple Nastynone 6b  
339Little Cousinnone 5a  
340Rum and Ribenanone 4b 6
341Rum and Cokenone 5b 1
342Bovver Bootnone 5c  
343Cunning Stuntsnone 5b 1
344Cabbage Patch Bluesnone 5c  
345Back Passagenone 3a 7
346Tiptoe Thru the Tulipsnone 5b 4
347Biceps Buttressnone 5c 7
348Finger Poppernone 6b  
349Crucifixnone 5c *5
350Scout Chimney Left
none 2a 12
351L.H.T.none 5c  
352Scout Chimney Right
none 1a 17
353Garden Slab Leftnone 5a *17
354Garden Slab Right
none 5a *8
355Muscle Cracknone 6a *10
356Hector's Housenone 6b  
357Cornernone 6a 2
358Magic Wallnone 6b  
359Philippanone 6a ***42
none 5c *60
 **The Beach End** 
362Half-Crown Corner
none 5b *93
363Wander at Leisurenone 5a *133
364Birch Tree Crack
none 4a *204
365Birch Tree Variationsnone 6a 34
366Birch Tree Wallnone 4c 158
367Tree Rootnone 1a 21
368Stalactitef6A *11
369Skid Marxf6B+ *3
370The Scoopnone 5c *157
371Scoop Aretenone 6a *13
372Easy Cleft Left
none 2a 75
373Wooly Jumperf6C 4
374Pull Overnone 5c 71
375Right hand sit start (to Pullover)f7A *1
376Easy Cleft Right
none 3a *150
377Short Traversenone 1b 2
378Senarranone 5a *316
379Hell Wallnone 5a **490
380Charon's Chimneynone 3a *133
381Baskervillenone 6a *70
382Far Leftnone 5c **277
383My Dear Watsonnone 5c 48
384Elementarynone 5c **308
385Dennis the menacenone 6c 7
386Desperate Dannone 6a **70
387Unclimbed Wall Direct Finishnone 6a *43
388Unclimbed Wallnone 5b ***558
389Wizzards Progressnone 5c 15
390Unclimbed Wall Direct Start/Finish (Wizzard's Shuffle)none 6a *83
391Unclimbed Wall - Direct Startnone 5c ***107
392jingo wobblynone 6b 24
393Right Unclimbednone 6a *112
394Isometric Chimneynone 1a 56
395Sunraynone 5a 35
396Eliminatenone 6a 6
397Solsticenone 5c **89
398Bulging Wall/Zig Nosenone 5c *257
399Zig-Zag Variationsnone 5b 32
400Zig-Zag Wallnone 5a ***481
401Todd's Traverse (Boundary Wall Traverse)
none 5a *10
402Riftnone 5c *128
403Smartnone 5c 12
404Witches Broomsticknone 5c 37
405Maxnone 6a 6
406Neutralnone 6a 4
407Stubblenone 6b 1
408Meat Cleavernone 6a *2
 location unclear... insufficient info/description incomplete 
410Wanderfallf3+ **11
411Don Juanderf4+ *5
412Minnie the Minxnone 6a *2
413Zac Loftusnone 4c 1
 SS Bouldering Guide Numbered Routes 
415Route 26 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guide
V0 1
416Route 48 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guide
V0 1
417Weeping Slab
none 5a 1
418Smiliodon (direct)
none 6a 2
419Nose Finish
none 6a 1
420Sinner's Wall
none 3a 1
421Long Reach
none 5a 2
422Bouncy Castle
none 5c 1
423Butterfly Traverse
none 2b 2
424Bolder Route
none 5b 1

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