Climbs 387
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 61m a.s.l
Faces SW

Nigh Climbing, a long exposure at night with my self climbing a route with a head torch to expose the line. © neal grundy

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.


Restricted Access

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.

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+ 170
3letterboxf5 116
4Sunset Wallf5+ 97
5Layaway Curef6A 60
6torque wrenchf6B **84
7Finger Flowf7A 10
8original routef5+ 51
9West Face Routef5+ **102
10Strong Strugglef6C+ 8
11Papillionf6C **24
12Revef6B 17
13back breakerf6C **14
14Full on Flingf6A+ 5
15The Sherifff6C ***53
16Silver Starf6A 46
17Triggerf5 **105
18Ok Corralnone 3a *145
f6A 47
20Ziggyf6A 17
21Red Riverf6A+ 19
22Pianof6A 6
23Alligator snatchf6B 31
24south island surprisef4 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 36
32DJ face the musicf5+ 6
33Central Routenone 3a 36
34Usurernone 3a 16
35Trees are greenf4+ 10
36Photinianone 6a 2
37Teddy Bear's Picnicnone 6a 1
38New Hatnone 6a 1
39Central Groovenone 5b *13
40Dynamonone 5c *5
41Usurpernone 5b *12
 **Kukri Wall Area** 
43Penknifenone 5a 4
44Breadknife Buttress
none 4b 16
45Kukri Wall
none 3b 34
46Kukri Wall Directnone 4c 16
 **Singlet Area** 
48Laraletmenone 5b 2
none 5b 53
50Twigletnone 6b 7
none 4b *155
52Singletnone 5b 15
none 3a 66
54Deep Thoughtnone 6a 7
55Donnone 2a 78
none 5c 16
57Elasticnone 5c 17
58Tight Chimney
none 3a 60
59Tight Chimney Slabnone 4b 34
60Sullivans Stake
none 5c 1
61Gilbert's Gamblenone 4b 52
62Ejectornone 4a *129
63Sand Pipernone 6a 14
64Shyttenone 6b 1
65Trip of the psychedelic tortoisenone 6a 7
66Carreranone 5b *100
67Open Chimneynone 2b *164
68Cottonsocks Traversenone 4b *86
69Root Route 3none 5b 77
70Root Route 2.75none 4c 11
71Root Route 2.5none 5b 62
72Root Route 2none 6a 55
73Root Route 1 1/2none 5a 92
74Root Route 1none 4a 124
75Blackeye Wallnone 5c 21
76Slanting Cracknone 5c *17
77Counterfeitnone 5c *34
78Right-hand Cracknone 4a *59
 **Sliding Corner Area** 
80Smear Campaign
none 5c 3
81Corridor of Uncertaintynone 6b  
82Sticky Wicketnone 5c 2
83rotten stump wall
none 5c 15
84rotten stump arete
none 6a 5
85Sliding Cornernone 5b *43
86Awkward Cracknone 6a 5
87Easy Chimneynone 1b 17
88Fingernail Cracknone 1b 69
89Dinosaurusnone 5c 7
none 5c 8
91Tomcat / Simon's Wallnone 5c 31
92Panther's Wallnone 6a *14
none 5b 46
94Snout Crack
none 3b *87
95Mantelpiecenone 5c 3
96Beech Cornernone 3a 11
 **Hangover Area** 
98Blue Peter
none 5c *40
99Blue Murder
none 6b *10
100Slab (a.k.a. Diabollickal Crack)none 5a 186
101Slab Directnone 5b **269
102Slab Crack
none 5b *40
103Lager Frenzy
none 6c *3
104Lager Shandynone 6b *1
105Celestial's Reach
none 6a *2
106Hangover IInone 6a 16
107Hangover IIInone 6a ***85
108Hangover Right Handf7A **3
109Luncheon Shelfnone 5c *39
110Long Laybacknone 5a ***544
111The Flakes
none 6a ***110
112Flakes Direct
none 6a *25
113Coronation Cracknone 6a **42
114Supernaturalnone 6b **1
115The Limpetnone 6b **7
116Vampire's Ledgenone 5c **4
 **Bow Window Area** 
118Dark Chimney
none 2a ***288
119Dark Chimney Buttress
none 5a *105
120Nut Treenone 6b *11
121Icarusnone 6a 5
122Spout Buttressnone 5c *72
123Spout Crossing
none 5b *139
124Windowside Spoutnone 3b *157
125Casement Wall
none 5b *96
none 5b *238
127Bow Windownone 4a **504
128Bow Window Directnone 5c *43
129Finger Stainnone 5c *77
130Sashcord Cracknone 4a *360
131Big cracknone 4c *68
132Neighboursnone 6b 2
133Way Downnone 1a 45
 Archer's Wall Area 
135Quarterdomenone 5b ***47
136yosemite big wall climbnone 5b *19
137Giant's Staircase
none 2a 118
138Lost Arrow Wall
none 4b *30
139Arrow Crack
none 2a 81
140Gardener's Question Time
none 6a 10
141Longbow Chimney
none 2a 43
142Gristnone 6a 2
143Quivernone 5c *74
144That Man's an Animalnone 6b 1
145Toxophilitenone 5c *46
146Little Sagittariusnone 5c *51
147Sagittariusnone 5a **130
148Archers Wall Directnone 5c *24
149Archer's Wall
none 5c *37
150Stupid Effortnone 5b *85
151Long Cracknone 4b **172
152Riverdancenone 6a  
153What Crisis?none 6c **6
154Slim Finger Cracknone 5c ***141
155Vulture Cracknone 5c **34
156Missing Linknone 6a **2
157The Stingnone 6a 5
158Marcus's Aretenone 6a 1
 **Giant's Ear Area** 
160Horizontal Birchnone 3a 18
161Jumping Jack Flashnone 6b  
162Downfallnone 4b 7
163Pig tail slabnone 2a *8
164Left Edge
none 2b *69
165Original Route
none 2a 67
166Big Toe Wallnone 3b 30
167Greasy Cracknone 4a 64
168Directorsnone 5c 3
169Giant's Ear
none 5a *68
170Junend Aretenone 3c 17
171Happy Days
none 3b 15
172Snake's Crawlnone 1a 10
173Little Cave
none 2a 10
174Signalbox Arete
none 5b *20
175Mountain Railwaynone 4b 5
176Saint's Wall
none 5c 8
177A Killling Jokef7A 3
178Left Circle
none 6a 16
179Right Circle
none 4a **178
180Bloody Sundaynone 5c 1
181good fridaynone 5c 33
182Small Chimneynone 2b 144
183small wallnone 5b 55
184Reserved /Goats Head Soupnone 5b 10
185Goats Do Roamnone 6a ***13
186St. Gotthard
none 4b **40
f3+ 3
188Hard furka
f4+ 3
189Grimy Grimself4+ 4
190Eigahhhhhhf5+ 5
191Yound Frauf6A **3
192Hachoo Hornf5 2
f3 4
194Simplon Route
none 4a *19
195The Sandpipe
none 4b *14
196The Sewernone 4c *13
197Sewer Wallnone 5c  
198Monkey's Necklace
none 5b ***8
199Powder Monkey
none 6b *1
none 5c **34
201Baboonnone 6a 1
202Oliver James
none 6b **1
203Monkey's Bow
none 6a *3
204Moonlight Arete
none 4c ***287
none 4c **198
206Matt's Fingertipnone 5a 2
none 6c * 
208Araldite Wallnone 5c  
209Easy Cleftsnone 1b 1
210Noisome Cleft No. 2none 3a 1
211Noisome Wallnone 5b  
212Noisome Cleft No. 1none 3a  
213One-Two Traversenone 5a  
 **Wellington's Block Area** 
215Passage Chimneynone 2a 1
216Forester's Wall Direct
none 6a *11
217Indian Summer
none 6a *5
218Forester's Wall
none 5b **99
none 5c *46
none 6a ***51
221The Republic
none 6b **17
222The Niblicknone 5b ***445
223Niblick Direct Startnone 5c ***20
224Pincenibnone 6a *16
225Pinch Aretenone 5b ***33
226Wellington's chimneynone 3c 19
227Wellington's Nose
none 3b **90
228Lady Janenone 5c 2
229Sabre Crack
none 4b 24
230Kicksnone 6b 1
231Wellington Bootnone 6b 1
232Belts and Braces
none 5b *49
none 3b **21
none 2b *16
 **Squat Tower Area** 
236Wildcat Wall
none 5c 31
237Woodside Blossom
none 6a 13
238Deadwood Crack
none 4c *283
239Toeing the Line
none 4a *62
240Tame Variant
none 2b 190
241Tame Diedre
none 2a *55
242Stagnone 5c 25
243The Vicenone 4c **326
none 6a *53
245Handvicenone 6a 23
246Victorianone 5c 5
247The Clampnone 5c 3
248Rhapsody Inside a Satsumanone 5b 4
249Corridor Routenone 4a 18
250Birch Nosenone 5b 17
 **Reach for the Sky** 
252Fat and Middle-agednone 6a  
253Knight's Gambitnone 5b 2
254Knight's Movenone 5c 3
255Skin Jobnone 6b *2
256Reach for the Skynone 6a 1
 **Square Boulder** 
258Square Boulder Aretef6A *3
259The Stomach Traversef3 **2
260Square Boulder Layawaysf6A+ 3
 **Set Square Arete Area** 
262Set Square Arete
none 5b *76
263Sandbagnone 5c  
264Sunshine Crack
none 4c **178
265The Knamnone 6a *13
266The Manknone 6a *27
267Dr. Pepper
none 6b **1
268Piecemeal Wall
none 5c **45
269Karen's Kondom
none 6b 10
270The Chimney
none 2b **91
271Chimney and Traversenone 3a 12
272Ericnone 6a 8
273Reverse Traverse
none 5c 37
274Two-Toed Sloth
none 5a *224
275Tab Chimneynone 2a 9
276Soft Rock-ernone 5c 5
277Arustunone 5c  
278Agent Orangenone 5a  
 **Isolated Buttress** 
280North-West Cornernone 5c **104
281Wooly Bearnone 6c **39
282West Wallnone 5c ***142
283South-West Cornernone 6a **43
284Apple Crumblenone 5b **11
285Isolated Buttress Climbnone 4c ***412
286Isolated Buttress Climb Direct Startnone 5b 75
287Edward's Wall
none 5c 61
288Edwards's Effort
none 6a *87
289Diversionnone 5c *133
290Birchden Wallnone 5b ***320
291Halibut Gibletsnone 5c *13
292Birchden Cornernone 5c ***232
293Frank's Arete / South East Cornernone 5c **5
294Crowborough Cornernone 5c **169
295Mr Spacemannone 6a **20
296Wailing Wallnone 5c **198
297Wailing Eliminatenone 6b 5
298Boysen's Aretenone 6a *78
299Boulder Bridge Route
none 2b ***47
300High Traverse
none 5c ** 
301Girdle Traverse
none 5a *8
302Powder Fingernone 6b 3
303Green Fingers
none 5c *18
304Krypton Factornone 6b  
305Bloody Fingersnone 6a 1
306Bloody Staircasenone 6b  
307Plumb Linenone 5c 1
 **Jagger Area** 
309Jaggernone 5b 11
310Ear-ringnone 5c  
311Big Cave Route 2
none 2a *24
312Big Cave Route 1
none 2b **53
313Smith's Traverse
none 2a **23
314Baldrick's Boulderdashnone 5b 10
 **Spider Wall Area** 
316Forget- Me -Notnone 6a 41
317Second Chancenone 6a *22
318Last Chancenone 5c *43
319Spider Wallnone 5b **204
320Cave Wallnone 5c *76
321Crack and Cave
none 4a **276
322Grant's Wall
none 6a 10
323Tiptoe Through the Lichennone 6b  
324Grant's Groove
none 6a *30
325Grant's Crack
none 5a **197
none 4b *15
327Thingamywobsnone 5b 32
328Whatsanamenone 5b 12
 **Garden Slab Area** 
330Purple Nastynone 6b  
331Little Cousinnone 5a  
332Rum and Ribenanone 4b 2
333Rum and Cokenone 5b 1
334Bovver Bootnone 5c  
335Cunning Stuntsnone 5b 1
336Cabbage Patch Bluesnone 5c  
337Back Passagenone 3a 6
338Tiptoe Thru the Tulipsnone 5b 2
339Biceps Buttressnone 5c 6
340Finger Poppernone 6b  
341Crucifixnone 5c *3
342Scout Chimney Left
none 2a 10
343L.H.T.none 5c  
344Scout Chimney Right
none 1a 15
345Garden Slab Leftnone 5a *17
346Garden Slab Right
none 5a *8
347Muscle Cracknone 6a *7
348Hector's Housenone 6b  
349Cornernone 6a 2
350Magic Wallnone 6b  
351Philippanone 6a ***26
none 5c *52
 **The Beach End** 
354Half-Crown Corner
none 5b *80
355Wander at Leisurenone 5a *116
356Birch Tree Crack
none 4a *176
357Birch Tree Variationsnone 6a 30
358Birch Tree Wallnone 4c 141
359Tree Rootnone 1a 21
360Stalactitef6A *7
361Skid Marxf6B+ *3
362The Scoopnone 5c *143
363Scoop Aretenone 6a *12
364Easy Cleft Left
none 2a 67
365Wooly Jumperf6C 4
366Pull Overnone 5c 68
367Right hand sit start (to Pullover)f7A *1
368Easy Cleft Right
none 3a *138
369Short Traversenone 1b 1
370Senarranone 5a *279
371Hell Wallnone 5a **440
372Charon's Chimneynone 3a *119
373Baskervillenone 6a *63
374Far Leftnone 5c **255
375My Dear Watsonnone 5c 44
376Elementarynone 5c **283
377Dennis the menacenone 6c 5
378Desperate Dannone 6a **63
379Unclimbed Wall Direct Finishnone 6a *36
380Unclimbed Wallnone 5b ***505
381Wizzards Progressnone 5c 15
382Unclimbed Wall Direct Start/Finish (Wizzard's Shuffle)none 6a *82
383Unclimbed Wall - Direct Startnone 5c ***95
384jingo wobblynone 6b 22
385Right Unclimbednone 6a *97
386Isometric Chimneynone 1a 46
387Sunraynone 5a 29
388Eliminatenone 6a 5
389Solsticenone 5c **77
390Bulging Wall/Zig Nosenone 5c *233
391Zig-Zag Variationsnone 5b 29
392Zig-Zag Wallnone 5a ***429
393Todd's Traverse (Boundary Wall Traverse)
none 5a *6
394Riftnone 5c *118
395Smartnone 5c 11
396Witches Broomsticknone 5c 35
397Maxnone 6a 5
398Neutralnone 6a 3
399Stubblenone 6b 1
400Meat Cleavernone 6a *2
 location unclear... insufficient info/description incomplete 
402Wanderfallf3+ **6
403Don Juanderf4+ *2
404Minnie the Minxnone 6a ***2
405Zac Loftusnone 4c  
 SS Bouldering Guide Numbered Routes 
407Route 26 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guide
f4 1
408Route 48 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guide
f4 1

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