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Harrisons Rocks

East Sussex, ENGLAND

Climbs 381 – Rocktype Sandstone (soft) – Altitude 61m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
TOILET AND CAMPSITE IS NOW OPEN

Popular with groups and becoming well worn on the easier routes. Please use soft soled shoes and clean your feet on a carpet sample 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 park, toilet and an "Honesty box" to pay for upkeep of site at exit of car park. (Please note: This will change in Nov 2014 due to the loss of Sport England financial assistance. Parking will be £3 per day). 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 will dogging routes that are too hard for you and climbing with dirty feet.

Access notes
No leading - the rock is far too soft and will be irrepairably damaged when you fall off. Soloing or toproping 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.

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 £2 per person per night although this will increase in Nov 2014 to £4 per night.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

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

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 **NORTH BOULDER**  
2Groovy Graemef5+ 142
3letterboxf5 102
4Sunset Wallf5+ 84
5Layaway Curef6A 55
6torque wrenchf6B 6a+ **74
7Finger Flowf7A 6c 7
8original routeV2 5b 39
9West Face Routef5+ 5c **87
10Strong Strugglef6C+ 6b 6
11Papillionf6C 6a **22
12Revef6B 11
13back breakerf6C 6a **13
14Full on Flingf6A+ 6a 5
15The SheriffV5 6b ***44
16Silver Starf6A 6a 37
17Triggerf5 5b **95
18Ok Corralnone 3a *121
19Ragtimef6A 5c 41
20Ziggyf6A 6a 16
21Red Riverf6A+ 6a 18
22Pianof6A 6a 6
23Alligator snatchf6B 6b 26
24south island surpriseV0 4
25Serendipitynone 5c *4
26Demons of Deathnone 6a 9
27Special Invitationnone 6b  
28The Violent Spratnone 6b  
29North boulder girdle traversef6B+ 6b **3
 **START OF MAIN CRAG**  
31The Rampnone 2b 34
32DJ face the musicV2 5b 6
33Central Routenone 3a 31
34Usurernone 3a 12
35Trees are greenV0+ 4a 10
36Photinianone 6a 2
37Teddy Bear's Picnicnone 6a 1
38New Hatnone 6a 1
39Central Groovenone 5b *10
40Dynamonone 5c *5
41Usurpernone 5b *12
 **KUKRI WALL AREA**  
43Penknifenone 5a 4
44Breadknife Buttressnone 4b 12
45Kukri Wallnone 3b 27
46Kukri Wall Directnone 4c 12
 **SINGLET AREA**  
48Laraletmenone 5b 2
49Ringletnone 5b 46
50Twigletnone 6b 7
51Eyeletnone 4b *135
52Singletnone 5b 16
53Davenone 3a 59
54Deep Thoughtnone 6a 7
55Donnone 2a 69
56Toadnone 5c 15
57Elasticnone 5c 14
58Tight Chimneynone 3a 51
59Tight Chimney Slabnone 4b 28
60Gilbert's Gamblenone 4b 46
61Ejectornone 4a *112
62Sand Pipernone 6a 14
63Shyttenone 6b 1
64Trip of the psychedelic tortoisenone 6a 6
65Carreranone 5b *82
66Open Chimneynone 2b *139
67Cottonsocks Traversenone 4b *76
68Root Route 3none 5b 67
69Root Route 2.75none 4c 8
70Root Route 2.5none 5b 53
71Root Route 2none 6a 44
72Root Route 1 1/2none 5a 73
73Root Route 1none 4a 102
74Blackeye Wallnone 5c 20
75Slanting Cracknone 5c *15
76Counterfeitnone 5c *32
77Right-hand Cracknone 4a *49
 **SLIDING CORNER AREA**  
79Smear Campaignnone 5c 4
80Corridor of Uncertaintynone 6b  
81Sticky Wicketnone 5c 2
82rotten stump wallnone 5c 13
83rotten stump aretenone 6a 4
84Sliding Cornernone 5b *39
85Awkward Cracknone 6a 4
86Easy Chimneynone 1b 13
87Fingernail Cracknone 1b 55
88Dinosaurusnone 5c 4
89Smiliodonnone 5c 5
90Tomcat / Simon's Wallnone 5c 28
91Panther's Wallnone 6a *13
92snoutnone 5b 39
93Snout Cracknone 3b *76
94Mantelpiecenone 5c 4
95Beech Cornernone 3a 10
 **HANGOVER AREA**  
97Blue Peternone 5c *37
98Blue Murdernone 6b *10
99Slab (a.k.a. Diabollickal Crack)none 5a 163
100Slab Directnone 5b **242
101Slab Cracknone 5b *36
102Lager Frenzynone 6c *3
103Lager Shandynone 6b *2
104Celestial's Reachnone 6a *3
105Hangover IInone 6a 14
106Hangover IIInone 6a ***79
107Hangover Right HandV6 6b ** 
108Luncheon Shelfnone 5c *32
109Long Laybacknone 5a ***463
110The Flakesnone 6a ***101
111Flakes Directnone 6a *23
112Coronation Cracknone 6a **33
113Supernaturalnone 6b 1
114Vampire's Ledgenone 5c **4
115The Limpetnone 6b **7
 **BOW WINDOW AREA**  
117Dark Chimneynone 2a ***247
118Dark Chimney Buttressnone 5a *94
119Nut Treenone 6b *10
120Icarusnone 6a 5
121Spout Buttressnone 5c 69
122Spout Crossingnone 5b *120
123Windowside Spoutnone 3b *139
124Casement Wallnone 5b *80
125Pelmetnone 5b *207
126Bow Windownone 4a **434
127Bow Window Directnone 5c *36
128Finger Stainnone 5c *71
129Sashcord Cracknone 4a *315
130Big cracknone 4a *56
131Neighboursnone 6b 3
132Way Downnone 1a 42
 ARCHER'S WALL AREA  
134Quarterdomenone 5b ***41
135yosemite big wall climbnone 5b *17
136Giant's Staircasenone 2a 110
137Lost Arrow Wallnone 4b *29
138Arrow Cracknone 2a 74
139Gardener's Question Timenone 6a 10
140Longbow Chimneynone 2a 37
141Gristnone 6a 2
142Quivernone 5c *64
143That Man's an Animalnone 6b 1
144Toxophilitenone 5c *40
145Little Sagittariusnone 5c *41
146Sagittariusnone 5a **94
147Archers Wall Directnone 5c *20
148Archer's Wallnone 5c *31
149Stupid Effortnone 5b *70
150Long Cracknone 4b **139
151Riverdancenone 6a  
152What Crisis?none 6c **6
153Slim Finger Cracknone 5c ***112
154Vulture Cracknone 5c *24
155Missing Linknone 6a **3
156The Stingnone 6a 5
157Marcus's Aretenone 6a 1
 **GIANT'S EAR AREA**  
159Horizontal Birchnone 3a 14
160Jumping Jack Flashnone 6b  
161Downfallnone 4b 5
162Pig tail slabnone 2a *6
163Left Edgenone 2b *56
164Original Routenone 2a 57
165Big Toe Wallnone 3b 23
166Greasy Cracknone 4a 54
167Directorsnone 5c 3
168Giant's Earnone 5a *54
169Junend Aretenone 3c 11
170Happy Daysnone 3b 13
171Snake's Crawlnone 1a 8
172Little Cavenone 2a 7
173Signalbox Aretenone 5b *15
174Mountain Railwaynone 4b 5
175Saint's Wallnone 5c 5
176A Killling Jokef7A 6c 3
177Left Circlenone 6a 15
178Right Circlenone 4a **156
179good fridaynone 5c 30
180Small Chimneynone 2b 125
181small wallnone 5b 46
182Reserved /Goats Head Soupnone 5b 10
183Goats Do Roamnone 6a ***11
184St. Gotthardnone 4b **35
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 *15
193The Sandpipenone 4b *13
194The Sewernone 4c *13
195Sewer Wallnone 5c  
196Monkey's Necklacenone 5b ***9
197Powder Monkeynone 6b *1
198Orangutangnone 5c **28
 Climb nameGradex
199Oliver Jamesnone 6b **1
200Monkey's Bownone 6a *1
201Moonlight Aretenone 4c ***240
202Starlightnone 4c **167
203Matt's Fingertipnone 5a 1
204Tempestivitynone 6c * 
205Araldite Wallnone 5c  
 **WELLINGTON'S BLOCK AREA**  
207Forester's Wall Directnone 6a *8
208Indian Summernone 6a *5
209Forester's Wallnone 5b **86
210Bonanzanone 5c *38
211Sossblitznone 6a ***46
212The Republicnone 6b **15
213The Niblicknone 5b ***376
214Niblick Direct Startnone 5c ***16
215Pincenibnone 6a *14
216Pinch Aretenone 5b ***28
217Wellington's chimneynone 3c 17
218Wellington's Nosenone 3b **84
219Lady Janenone 5c 3
220Sabre Cracknone 4b 20
221Kicksnone 6b 1
222Wellington Bootnone 6b 1
223Belts and Bracesnone 5b *45
224Jetsamnone 3b **18
225Flotsamnone 2b *14
 **SQUAT TOWER AREA**  
227Wildcat Wallnone 5c 29
228Woodside Blossomnone 6a 13
229Deadwood Cracknone 4c *254
230Toeing the Linenone 4a *59
231Tame Variantnone 2b 167
232Tame Diedrenone 2a *52
233Stagnone 5c 18
234The Vicenone 4c **280
235Toevicenone 6a *46
236Handvicenone 6a 22
237Victorianone 5c 6
238The Clampnone 5c 2
239Rhapsody Inside a Satsumanone 5b 3
240Corridor Routenone 4a 13
241Birch Nosenone 5b 17
 **REACH FOR THE SKY**  
243Fat and Middle-agednone 6a  
244Knight's Gambitnone 5b 2
245Knight's Movenone 5c 2
246Skin Jobnone 6b *2
247Reach for the Skynone 6a  
 **SQUARE BOULDER**  
249Square Boulder Aretef6A 5c *2
250The Stomach TraverseVB 4b **2
251Square Boulder Layawaysf6A+ 5c 2
 **SET SQUARE ARETE AREA**  
253Set Square Aretenone 5b *67
254Sandbagnone 5c  
255Sunshine Cracknone 4c **159
256The Knamnone 6a *11
257The Manknone 6a *24
258Dr. Peppernone 6b **1
259Piecemeal Wallnone 5c **40
260Karen's Kondomnone 6b 8
261The Chimneynone 2b **86
262Chimney and Traversenone 3a 7
263Ericnone 6a 8
264Reverse Traversenone 5c 35
265Two-Toed Slothnone 5a *200
266Tab Chimneynone 2a 8
267Soft Rock-ernone 5c 4
268Arustunone 5c  
269Agent Orangenone 5a  
 **ISOLATED BUTTRESS**  
271North-West Cornernone 5c **94
272Wooly Bearnone 6c **33
273West Wallnone 5c ***131
274South-West Cornernone 6a **40
275Apple Crumblenone 5b **11
276Isolated Buttress Climbnone 4c ***363
277Isolated Buttress Climb Direct Startnone 5b 66
278Edward's Wallnone 5c 52
279Edwards's Effortnone 6a *78
280Diversionnone 5c *115
281Birchden Wallnone 5b ***276
282Halibut Gibletsnone 5c *11
283Birchden Cornernone 5c ***208
284Crowborough Cornernone 5c **156
285Mr Spacemannone 6a **20
286Wailing Wallnone 5c **180
287Wailing Eliminatenone 6b 5
288Boysen's Aretenone 6a *71
289Boulder Bridge Routenone 2b ***39
290High Traversenone 5c ** 
291Girdle Traversenone 5a *6
292Powder Fingernone 6b 2
293Green Fingersnone 5c *16
294Krypton Factornone 6b  
295Bloody Fingersnone 6a 1
296Bloody Staircasenone 6b  
297Plumb Linenone 5c 1
 **JAGGER AREA**  
299Jaggernone 5b 9
300Ear-ringnone 5c 1
301Big Cave Route 2none 2a *20
302Big Cave Route 1none 2b **47
303Smith's Traversenone 2a **21
304Baldrick's Boulderdashnone 5b 10
 **SPIDER WALL AREA**  
306Forget- Me -Notnone 6a 32
307Second Chancenone 6a *19
308Last Chancenone 5c *33
309Spider Wallnone 5b **169
310Cave Wallnone 5c *55
311Crack and Cavenone 4a **224
312Grant's Wallnone 6a 7
313Tiptoe Through the Lichennone 6b  
314Grant's Groovenone 6a *24
315Grant's Cracknone 5a **148
316Thingynone 4b *11
317Thingamywobsnone 5b 22
318Whatsanamenone 5b 7
 **GARDEN SLAB AREA**  
320Purple Nastynone 6b  
321Little Cousinnone 5a 1
322Rum and Ribenanone 4b 3
323Rum and Cokenone 5b 1
324Bovver Bootnone 5c 1
325Cunning Stuntsnone 5b 2
326Cabbage Patch Bluesnone 5c 1
327Back Passagenone 3a 5
328Tiptoe Thru the Tulipsnone 5b 1
329Biceps Buttressnone 5c 6
330Finger Poppernone 6b  
331Crucifixnone 5c *3
332Scout Chimney Leftnone 2a 8
333L.H.T.none 5c 1
334Scout Chimney Rightnone 1a 11
335Garden Slab Leftnone 5a *13
336Garden Slab Rightnone 5a *5
337Muscle Cracknone 6a *6
338Hector's Housenone 6b  
339Cornernone 6a 1
340Magic Wallnone 6b  
341Philippanone 6a ***24
342Shodannone 5c *43
 **THE BEACH END**  
344Half-Crown Cornernone 5b *69
345Wander at Leisurenone 5a *104
346Birch Tree Cracknone 4a *149
347Birch Tree Variationsnone 6a 23
348Birch Tree Wallnone 4c 125
349Tree Rootnone 1a 18
350Stalactitef6A 5c *6
351Skid Marxf6B+ 6a *3
352The Scoopnone 5c *125
353Scoop Aretenone 6a *9
354Easy Cleft Leftnone 2a 60
355Wooly Jumperf6C 6b 4
356Pull Overnone 5c 62
357Right hand sit start (to Pullover)f7A *1
358Easy Cleft Rightnone 3a *124
359Senarranone 5a *244
360Hell Wallnone 5a **387
361Charon's Chimneynone 3a *100
362Baskervillenone 6a *55
363Far Leftnone 5c **221
364My Dear Watsonnone 5c 39
365Elementarynone 5c **244
366Dennis the menacenone 6c 4
367Desperate Dannone 6a **57
368Unclimbed Wall Direct Finishnone 6a *30
369Unclimbed Wallnone 5b ***447
370Wizzards Progressnone 5c 14
371Unclimbed Wall Direct Start/Finish (Wizzard's Shuffle)none 6a *75
372Unclimbed Wall - Direct Startnone 5c ***84
373jingo wobblynone 6b 18
374Right Unclimbednone 6a *89
375Isometric Chimneynone 1a 36
376Sunraynone 5a 25
377Eliminatenone 6a 5
378Solsticenone 5c **68
379Bulging Wall/Zig Nosenone 5c *194
380Zig-Zag Variationsnone 5b 27
381Zig-Zag Wallnone 5a ***372
382Todd's Traverse (Boundary Wall Traverse)none 5a *5
383Riftnone 5c *100
384Smartnone 5c 9
385Witches Broomsticknone 5c 30
386Maxnone 6a 5
387Neutralnone 6a 3
388Stubblenone 6b 1
389Meat Cleavernone 6a *2
 LOCATION UNCLEAR...  
391Wanderfallf3+ 4b **5
392Don Juanderf4+ 5b *2
393Zac Loftusnone 4c  
 SS BOULDERING GUIDE NUMBERED ROUTES  
395Route 26 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guideV0 1
396Route 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