Harrisons Rocks

Climbs 385 – Rocktype Sandstone (soft) – Altitude 61m a.s.l – Faces SW

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.

The car park is pay and display and belongs to the Forestry Commission and they charge £1 per hour or £4 for the day for cars. Camping costs £5 per adult and £2.50 per child per night. All proceeds go towards the maintenance of the toilet block. 

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". Car Parking £1 per car, please donate more if you're in a minibus. From the car park, various footpaths lead in a southerly direction to the crag - about 10 minutes walk. Camping available on the Julie Tullis Memorial campsite adjacent to the car park, currently £5 per person per night. Parking costs £4 per car per day. 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


Access notes

No leading - the rock is far too soft 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 mainlamd 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.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Southern sandstone bouldering (2012), Southern Sandstone (2008),
Out of print: Southern Sandstone (1989)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2Groovy Graemef5+ 168
3letterboxf5 115
4Sunset Wallf5+ 97
5Layaway Curef6A 59
6torque wrenchf6B 6a+ **83
7Finger Flowf7A 6c 10
8original routeV2 5b 48
9West Face Routef5+ 5c **100
10Strong Strugglef6C+ 6b 8
11Papillionf6C 6a **24
12Revef6B 17
13back breakerf6C 6a **14
14Full on Flingf6A+ 6a 5
15The SheriffV5 6b ***53
16Silver Starf6A 6a 46
17Triggerf5 5b **105
18Ok Corralnone 3a *141
19Ragtimef6A 5c 47
20Ziggyf6A 6a 17
21Red Riverf6A+ 6a 19
22Pianof6A 6a 6
23Alligator snatchf6B 6b 31
24south island surpriseV0 4
25Serendipitynone 5c *4
26Demons of Deathnone 6a 9
27Special Invitationnone 6b  
28The Violent Spratnone 6b  
29North boulder girdle traversef6B+ 6b **4
31The Rampnone 2b 36
32DJ face the musicV2 5b 6
33Central Routenone 3a 35
34Usurernone 3a 15
35Trees are greenV0+ 4a 10
36Photinianone 6a 2
37Teddy Bear's Picnicnone 6a 1
38New Hatnone 6a 1
39Central Groovenone 5b *11
40Dynamonone 5c *5
41Usurpernone 5b *13
43Penknifenone 5a 4
44Breadknife Buttressnone 4b 15
45Kukri Wallnone 3b 33
46Kukri Wall Directnone 4c 15
48Laraletmenone 5b 2
49Ringletnone 5b 51
50Twigletnone 6b 7
51Eyeletnone 4b *149
52Singletnone 5b 16
53Davenone 3a 65
54Deep Thoughtnone 6a 8
55Donnone 2a 77
56Toadnone 5c 16
57Elasticnone 5c 16
58Tight Chimneynone 3a 58
59Tight Chimney Slabnone 4b 32
60Gilbert's Gamblenone 4b 50
61Ejectornone 4a *127
62Sand Pipernone 6a 14
63Shyttenone 6b 1
64Trip of the psychedelic tortoisenone 6a 7
65Carreranone 5b *94
66Open Chimneynone 2b *156
67Cottonsocks Traversenone 4b *84
68Root Route 3none 5b 76
69Root Route 2.75none 4c 11
70Root Route 2.5none 5b 62
71Root Route 2none 6a 54
72Root Route 1 1/2none 5a 92
73Root Route 1none 4a 123
74Blackeye Wallnone 5c 22
75Slanting Cracknone 5c *18
76Counterfeitnone 5c *35
77Right-hand Cracknone 4a *58
79Smear Campaignnone 5c 4
80Corridor of Uncertaintynone 6b  
81Sticky Wicketnone 5c 2
82rotten stump wallnone 5c 15
83rotten stump aretenone 6a 5
84Sliding Cornernone 5b *43
85Awkward Cracknone 6a 5
86Easy Chimneynone 1b 17
87Fingernail Cracknone 1b 68
88Dinosaurusnone 5c 7
89Smiliodonnone 5c 8
90Tomcat / Simon's Wallnone 5c 30
91Panther's Wallnone 6a *13
92snoutnone 5b 44
93Snout Cracknone 3b *87
94Mantelpiecenone 5c 4
95Beech Cornernone 3a 11
97Blue Peternone 5c *39
98Blue Murdernone 6b *11
99Slab (a.k.a. Diabollickal Crack)none 5a 183
100Slab Directnone 5b **262
101Slab Cracknone 5b *39
102Lager Frenzynone 6c *3
103Lager Shandynone 6b *2
104Celestial's Reachnone 6a *3
105Hangover IInone 6a 16
106Hangover IIInone 6a ***86
107Hangover Right HandV6 6b **3
108Luncheon Shelfnone 5c *36
109Long Laybacknone 5a ***526
110The Flakesnone 6a ***108
111Flakes Directnone 6a *25
112Coronation Cracknone 6a **36
113Supernaturalnone 6b 1
114Vampire's Ledgenone 5c **4
115The Limpetnone 6b **7
117Dark Chimneynone 2a ***281
118Dark Chimney Buttressnone 5a *102
119Nut Treenone 6b *11
120Icarusnone 6a 6
121Spout Buttressnone 5c *70
122Spout Crossingnone 5b *134
123Windowside Spoutnone 3b *156
124Casement Wallnone 5b *91
125Pelmetnone 5b *228
126Bow Windownone 4a **491
127Bow Window Directnone 5c *42
128Finger Stainnone 5c *77
129Sashcord Cracknone 4a *349
130Big cracknone 4c *66
131Neighboursnone 6b 3
132Way Downnone 1a 44
134Quarterdomenone 5b ***46
135yosemite big wall climbnone 5b *18
136Giant's Staircasenone 2a 114
137Lost Arrow Wallnone 4b *29
138Arrow Cracknone 2a 77
139Gardener's Question Timenone 6a 10
140Longbow Chimneynone 2a 40
141Gristnone 6a 2
142Quivernone 5c *72
143That Man's an Animalnone 6b 1
144Toxophilitenone 5c *45
145Little Sagittariusnone 5c *48
146Sagittariusnone 5a **121
147Archers Wall Directnone 5c *25
148Archer's Wallnone 5c *36
149Stupid Effortnone 5b *84
150Long Cracknone 4b **162
151Riverdancenone 6a  
152What Crisis?none 6c **7
153Slim Finger Cracknone 5c ***134
154Vulture Cracknone 5c **33
155Missing Linknone 6a **3
156The Stingnone 6a 5
157Marcus's Aretenone 6a 1
159Horizontal Birchnone 3a 17
160Jumping Jack Flashnone 6b  
161Downfallnone 4b 6
162Pig tail slabnone 2a *9
163Left Edgenone 2b *66
164Original Routenone 2a 64
165Big Toe Wallnone 3b 28
166Greasy Cracknone 4a 63
167Directorsnone 5c 3
168Giant's Earnone 5a *66
169Junend Aretenone 3c 15
170Happy Daysnone 3b 15
171Snake's Crawlnone 1a 9
172Little Cavenone 2a 9
173Signalbox Aretenone 5b *18
174Mountain Railwaynone 4b 5
175Saint's Wallnone 5c 7
176A Killling Jokef7A 6c 3
177Left Circlenone 6a 15
178Right Circlenone 4a **174
179good fridaynone 5c 32
180Small Chimneynone 2b 140
181small wallnone 5b 54
182Reserved /Goats Head Soupnone 5b 10
183Goats Do Roamnone 6a ***13
184St. Gotthardnone 4b **39
185Monchf3+ 3c 2
186Hard furkaf4+ 4c 2
187Grimy Grimself4+ 5a 3
188Eigahhhhhhf5+ 5b 5
189Yound Frauf6A 5c **3
190Hachoo Hornf5 5b 2
191Verbierf3 3b 3
192Simplon Routenone 4a *20
193The Sandpipenone 4b *14
194The Sewernone 4c *14
195Sewer Wallnone 5c  
196Monkey's Necklacenone 5b ***9
197Powder Monkeynone 6b *1
198Orangutangnone 5c **34
199Baboonnone 6a 1
200Oliver Jamesnone 6b **1
201Monkey's Bownone 6a *3
202Moonlight Aretenone 4c ***268
203Starlightnone 4c **187
204Matt's Fingertipnone 5a 2
205Tempestivitynone 6c * 
206Araldite Wallnone 5c  
207Easy Cleftsnone 1b 1
208Noisome Cleft No. 2none 3a  
209Noisome Wallnone 5b  
210Noisome Cleft No. 1none 3a  
211One-Two Traversenone 5a  
213Passage Chimneynone 2a 1
214Forester's Wall Directnone 6a *11
215Indian Summernone 6a *5
216Forester's Wallnone 5b **96
217Bonanzanone 5c *45
218Sossblitznone 6a ***51
219The Republicnone 6b **17
220The Niblicknone 5b ***419
221Niblick Direct Startnone 5c ***20
222Pincenibnone 6a *16
223Pinch Aretenone 5b ***32
224Wellington's chimneynone 3c 19
225Wellington's Nosenone 3b **89
226Lady Janenone 5c 3
227Sabre Cracknone 4b 22
228Kicksnone 6b 1
229Wellington Bootnone 6b 1
230Belts and Bracesnone 5b *49
231Jetsamnone 3b **21
232Flotsamnone 2b *15
234Wildcat Wallnone 5c 31
235Woodside Blossomnone 6a 13
236Deadwood Cracknone 4c *278
237Toeing the Linenone 4a *62
238Tame Variantnone 2b 182
239Tame Diedrenone 2a *55
240Stagnone 5c 23
241The Vicenone 4c **321
242Toevicenone 6a *52
243Handvicenone 6a 23
244Victorianone 5c 6
245The Clampnone 5c 2
246Rhapsody Inside a Satsumanone 5b 4
247Corridor Routenone 4a 15
248Birch Nosenone 5b 17
250Fat and Middle-agednone 6a  
251Knight's Gambitnone 5b 2
252Knight's Movenone 5c 3
253Skin Jobnone 6b *2
254Reach for the Skynone 6a  
256Square Boulder Aretef6A 5c *3
257The Stomach TraverseVB 4b **2
258Square Boulder Layawaysf6A+ 5c 3
260Set Square Aretenone 5b *75
261Sandbagnone 5c  
262Sunshine Cracknone 4c **174
263The Knamnone 6a *13
264The Manknone 6a *27
265Dr. Peppernone 6b **1
266Piecemeal Wallnone 5c **43
267Karen's Kondomnone 6b 10
268The Chimneynone 2b **91
269Chimney and Traversenone 3a 9
270Ericnone 6a 8
271Reverse Traversenone 5c 36
272Two-Toed Slothnone 5a *218
273Tab Chimneynone 2a 9
274Soft Rock-ernone 5c 4
275Arustunone 5c  
276Agent Orangenone 5a  
278North-West Cornernone 5c **103
279Wooly Bearnone 6c **39
280West Wallnone 5c ***141
281South-West Cornernone 6a **43
282Apple Crumblenone 5b **11
283Isolated Buttress Climbnone 4c ***400
284Isolated Buttress Climb Direct Startnone 5b 73
285Edward's Wallnone 5c 58
286Edwards's Effortnone 6a *84
287Diversionnone 5c *130
288Birchden Wallnone 5b ***308
289Halibut Gibletsnone 5c *13
290Birchden Cornernone 5c ***221
291Frank's Arete / South East Cornernone 5c **4
292Crowborough Cornernone 5c **166
293Mr Spacemannone 6a **20
294Wailing Wallnone 5c **192
295Wailing Eliminatenone 6b 5
296Boysen's Aretenone 6a *77
297Boulder Bridge Routenone 2b ***46
298High Traversenone 5c ** 
299Girdle Traversenone 5a *8
300Powder Fingernone 6b 3
301Green Fingersnone 5c *18
302Krypton Factornone 6b  
303Bloody Fingersnone 6a 1
304Bloody Staircasenone 6b  
305Plumb Linenone 5c 1
307Jaggernone 5b 11
308Ear-ringnone 5c 1
309Big Cave Route 2none 2a *24
310Big Cave Route 1none 2b **52
311Smith's Traversenone 2a **23
312Baldrick's Boulderdashnone 5b 11
314Forget- Me -Notnone 6a 40
315Second Chancenone 6a *21
316Last Chancenone 5c *42
317Spider Wallnone 5b **199
318Cave Wallnone 5c *72
319Crack and Cavenone 4a **261
320Grant's Wallnone 6a 10
321Tiptoe Through the Lichennone 6b  
322Grant's Groovenone 6a *29
323Grant's Cracknone 5a **187
324Thingynone 4b *14
325Thingamywobsnone 5b 31
326Whatsanamenone 5b 11
328Purple Nastynone 6b  
329Little Cousinnone 5a 1
330Rum and Ribenanone 4b 3
331Rum and Cokenone 5b 2
332Bovver Bootnone 5c 1
333Cunning Stuntsnone 5b 2
334Cabbage Patch Bluesnone 5c 1
335Back Passagenone 3a 6
336Tiptoe Thru the Tulipsnone 5b 3
337Biceps Buttressnone 5c 7
338Finger Poppernone 6b  
339Crucifixnone 5c *3
340Scout Chimney Leftnone 2a 10
341L.H.T.none 5c 1
342Scout Chimney Rightnone 1a 15
343Garden Slab Leftnone 5a *16
344Garden Slab Rightnone 5a *7
345Muscle Cracknone 6a *8
346Hector's Housenone 6b  
347Cornernone 6a 2
348Magic Wallnone 6b  
349Philippanone 6a ***26
350Shodannone 5c *52
352Half-Crown Cornernone 5b *76
353Wander at Leisurenone 5a *114
354Birch Tree Cracknone 4a *170
355Birch Tree Variationsnone 6a 27
356Birch Tree Wallnone 4c 136
357Tree Rootnone 1a 20
358Stalactitef6A 5c *7
359Skid Marxf6B+ 6a *3
360The Scoopnone 5c *138
361Scoop Aretenone 6a *11
362Easy Cleft Leftnone 2a 65
363Wooly Jumperf6C 6b 4
364Pull Overnone 5c 66
365Right hand sit start (to Pullover)f7A *1
366Easy Cleft Rightnone 3a *136
367Short Traversenone 1b  
368Senarranone 5a *273
369Hell Wallnone 5a **424
370Charon's Chimneynone 3a *113
371Baskervillenone 6a *60
372Far Leftnone 5c **248
373My Dear Watsonnone 5c 43
374Elementarynone 5c **276
375Dennis the menacenone 6c 4
376Desperate Dannone 6a **59
377Unclimbed Wall Direct Finishnone 6a *34
378Unclimbed Wallnone 5b ***486
379Wizzards Progressnone 5c 15
380Unclimbed Wall Direct Start/Finish (Wizzard's Shuffle)none 6a *81
381Unclimbed Wall - Direct Startnone 5c ***93
382jingo wobblynone 6b 21
383Right Unclimbednone 6a *96
384Isometric Chimneynone 1a 44
385Sunraynone 5a 28
386Eliminatenone 6a 5
387Solsticenone 5c **75
388Bulging Wall/Zig Nosenone 5c *227
389Zig-Zag Variationsnone 5b 28
390Zig-Zag Wallnone 5a ***421
391Todd's Traverse (Boundary Wall Traverse)none 5a *6
392Riftnone 5c *116
393Smartnone 5c 11
394Witches Broomsticknone 5c 34
395Maxnone 6a 5
396Neutralnone 6a 3
397Stubblenone 6b 1
398Meat Cleavernone 6a *2
400Wanderfallf3+ 4b **7
401Don Juanderf4+ 5b *2
402Minnie the Minxnone 6a ***2
403Zac Loftusnone 4c  
405Route 26 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guideV0 1
406Route 48 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guideV0 1
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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
Re Tony Harris\' comment about the Campground. Sandstone Climbing Club (now in its 51st year) set up a sixteen-pitch climbers campground as a memorial to Juli Tullis, formerly a club member, who died on K2 in August 1986 after reaching the summit with Kurt Diemburger. The campground is wardened by Chris Tullis (phone 01892 863659), Julies\' son. The site is adjacent to the car park at Harrisons Rocks, where there are toilet faclities (no showers). The fee is 2 per person per night paid by the \'Honesty System\' (see the campground noticeboard). Booking is not normally necessary. Turn up, pitch and pay up! The single pitches are in secluded clearings among birch and fern undergrowth. Please use the site carefully and respectfully, to enable us to maintain the facility. Enjoy yourselves!
Doug Stone - 21/Jul/02
There is no mention of the Julie Tullis Camp facility in the information provided
TONY HARRIS - 18/Jul/02