Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 61m a.s.l
Nigh Climbing, a long exposure at night with my self climbing a route with a head torch to expose the line. © neal grundy
TOILET AND CAMPSITE IS NOW OPEN - REVISED CAR PARK FEES APPLY - see approach notes below...
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.
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 http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pass.
The Birchden Wood pass is here http://boxoffice.forestry.gov.uk/en-GB/memberships/birchden%20wood%20discovery%20pass
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.
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.
No leading - the rock is soft under the surface crust and will be irrepairably damaged when you fall off. Soloing or top roping only. Take a second rope to extend belays at the top to avoid damage to the rock and your rope and preferably some carpet to put under any potential rub points or clean your shoes on before starting to climb.
Please note that access to the Isloated Buttress is now limited as the gap to step across is now too wide. It's simple to set up a rope between the tree/bolt on the mainland and the bolt above Crowborough Corner. This can be used to protect climbers getting off the Isolated Buttress after finishing a climb. Please do not lower off after finishing a climb - it causes irreparable damage to the crag edge as you weight the rope. If you encounter others lowering off, please stop them! The Sandstone Code is clear about this.