Harrisons Rocks

Climbs 386 – 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.

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 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.

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.


Access notes

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.

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+ 169
3letterboxf5 116
4Sunset Wallf5+ 97
5Layaway Curef6A 60
6torque wrenchf6B 6a+ **84
7Finger Flowf7A 6c 10
8original routeV2 5b 50
9West Face Routef5+ 5c **101
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 16
45Kukri Wallnone 3b 34
46Kukri Wall Directnone 4c 16
48Laraletmenone 5b 2
49Ringletnone 5b 51
50Twigletnone 6b 7
51Eyeletnone 4b *151
52Singletnone 5b 16
53Davenone 3a 66
54Deep Thoughtnone 6a 8
55Donnone 2a 78
56Toadnone 5c 16
57Elasticnone 5c 16
58Tight Chimneynone 3a 59
59Tight Chimney Slabnone 4b 33
60Gilbert's Gamblenone 4b 51
61Ejectornone 4a *128
62Sand Pipernone 6a 14
63Shyttenone 6b 1
64Trip of the psychedelic tortoisenone 6a 7
65Carreranone 5b *96
66Open Chimneynone 2b *159
67Cottonsocks Traversenone 4b *85
68Root Route 3none 5b 76
69Root Route 2.75none 4c 11
70Root Route 2.5none 5b 62
71Root Route 2none 6a 55
72Root Route 1 1/2none 5a 92
73Root Route 1none 4a 124
74Blackeye Wallnone 5c 22
75Slanting Cracknone 5c *18
76Counterfeitnone 5c *35
77Right-hand Cracknone 4a *59
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 69
88Dinosaurusnone 5c 7
89Smiliodonnone 5c 8
90Tomcat / Simon's Wallnone 5c 30
91Panther's Wallnone 6a *13
92snoutnone 5b 45
93Snout Cracknone 3b *88
94Mantelpiecenone 5c 4
95Beech Cornernone 3a 12
97Blue Peternone 5c *39
98Blue Murdernone 6b *11
99Slab (a.k.a. Diabollickal Crack)none 5a 184
100Slab Directnone 5b **263
101Slab Cracknone 5b *40
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 *38
109Long Laybacknone 5a ***530
110The Flakesnone 6a ***110
111Flakes Directnone 6a *25
112Coronation Cracknone 6a **37
113Supernaturalnone 6b **1
114The Limpetnone 6b **7
115Vampire's Ledgenone 5c **4
117Dark Chimneynone 2a ***285
118Dark Chimney Buttressnone 5a *102
119Nut Treenone 6b *11
120Icarusnone 6a 6
121Spout Buttressnone 5c *70
122Spout Crossingnone 5b *135
123Windowside Spoutnone 3b *157
124Casement Wallnone 5b *93
125Pelmetnone 5b *230
126Bow Windownone 4a **494
127Bow Window Directnone 5c *43
128Finger Stainnone 5c *77
129Sashcord Cracknone 4a *353
130Big cracknone 4c *68
131Neighboursnone 6b 3
132Way Downnone 1a 44
134Quarterdomenone 5b ***46
135yosemite big wall climbnone 5b *18
136Giant's Staircasenone 2a 115
137Lost Arrow Wallnone 4b *29
138Arrow Cracknone 2a 78
139Gardener's Question Timenone 6a 10
140Longbow Chimneynone 2a 41
141Gristnone 6a 2
142Quivernone 5c *73
143That Man's an Animalnone 6b 1
144Toxophilitenone 5c *45
145Little Sagittariusnone 5c *50
146Sagittariusnone 5a **123
147Archers Wall Directnone 5c *25
148Archer's Wallnone 5c *36
149Stupid Effortnone 5b *85
150Long Cracknone 4b **166
151Riverdancenone 6a  
152What Crisis?none 6c **7
153Slim Finger Cracknone 5c ***136
154Vulture Cracknone 5c **33
155Missing Linknone 6a **3
156The Stingnone 6a 5
157Marcus's Aretenone 6a 1
159Horizontal Birchnone 3a 18
160Jumping Jack Flashnone 6b  
161Downfallnone 4b 7
162Pig tail slabnone 2a *9
163Left Edgenone 2b *68
164Original Routenone 2a 65
165Big Toe Wallnone 3b 29
166Greasy Cracknone 4a 63
167Directorsnone 5c 3
168Giant's Earnone 5a *67
169Junend Aretenone 3c 16
170Happy Daysnone 3b 15
171Snake's Crawlnone 1a 10
172Little Cavenone 2a 10
173Signalbox Aretenone 5b *19
174Mountain Railwaynone 4b 5
175Saint's Wallnone 5c 7
176A Killling Jokef7A 6c 3
177Left Circlenone 6a 15
178Right Circlenone 4a **177
179Bloody Sundaynone 5c  
180good fridaynone 5c 33
181Small Chimneynone 2b 142
182small wallnone 5b 54
183Reserved /Goats Head Soupnone 5b 10
184Goats Do Roamnone 6a ***13
185St. Gotthardnone 4b **40
186Monchf3+ 3c 3
187Hard furkaf4+ 4c 3
188Grimy Grimself4+ 5a 4
189Eigahhhhhhf5+ 5b 5
190Yound Frauf6A 5c **3
191Hachoo Hornf5 5b 2
192Verbierf3 3b 4
193Simplon Routenone 4a *20
194The Sandpipenone 4b *15
195The Sewernone 4c *14
196Sewer Wallnone 5c  
197Monkey's Necklacenone 5b ***9
198Powder Monkeynone 6b *1
199Orangutangnone 5c **34
200Baboonnone 6a 1
201Oliver Jamesnone 6b **1
202Monkey's Bownone 6a *3
203Moonlight Aretenone 4c ***272
204Starlightnone 4c **190
205Matt's Fingertipnone 5a 2
206Tempestivitynone 6c * 
207Araldite Wallnone 5c  
208Easy Cleftsnone 1b 1
209Noisome Cleft No. 2none 3a 1
210Noisome Wallnone 5b  
211Noisome Cleft No. 1none 3a  
212One-Two Traversenone 5a  
214Passage Chimneynone 2a 1
215Forester's Wall Directnone 6a *11
216Indian Summernone 6a *5
217Forester's Wallnone 5b **97
218Bonanzanone 5c *45
219Sossblitznone 6a ***51
220The Republicnone 6b **17
221The Niblicknone 5b ***423
222Niblick Direct Startnone 5c ***20
223Pincenibnone 6a *16
224Pinch Aretenone 5b ***32
225Wellington's chimneynone 3c 19
226Wellington's Nosenone 3b **90
227Lady Janenone 5c 3
228Sabre Cracknone 4b 22
229Kicksnone 6b 1
230Wellington Bootnone 6b 1
231Belts and Bracesnone 5b *49
232Jetsamnone 3b **22
233Flotsamnone 2b *16
235Wildcat Wallnone 5c 31
236Woodside Blossomnone 6a 13
237Deadwood Cracknone 4c *281
238Toeing the Linenone 4a *62
239Tame Variantnone 2b 185
240Tame Diedrenone 2a *56
241Stagnone 5c 24
242The Vicenone 4c **325
243Toevicenone 6a *52
244Handvicenone 6a 23
245Victorianone 5c 6
246The Clampnone 5c 2
247Rhapsody Inside a Satsumanone 5b 4
248Corridor Routenone 4a 16
249Birch Nosenone 5b 17
251Fat and Middle-agednone 6a  
252Knight's Gambitnone 5b 2
253Knight's Movenone 5c 3
254Skin Jobnone 6b *2
255Reach for the Skynone 6a  
257Square Boulder Aretef6A 5c *3
258The Stomach TraverseVB 4b **2
259Square Boulder Layawaysf6A+ 5c 3
261Set Square Aretenone 5b *75
262Sandbagnone 5c  
263Sunshine Cracknone 4c **175
264The Knamnone 6a *13
265The Manknone 6a *27
266Dr. Peppernone 6b **1
267Piecemeal Wallnone 5c **43
268Karen's Kondomnone 6b 10
269The Chimneynone 2b **91
270Chimney and Traversenone 3a 11
271Ericnone 6a 8
272Reverse Traversenone 5c 37
273Two-Toed Slothnone 5a *219
274Tab Chimneynone 2a 9
275Soft Rock-ernone 5c 5
276Arustunone 5c  
277Agent Orangenone 5a  
279North-West Cornernone 5c **103
280Wooly Bearnone 6c **39
281West Wallnone 5c ***142
282South-West Cornernone 6a **43
283Apple Crumblenone 5b **11
284Isolated Buttress Climbnone 4c ***402
285Isolated Buttress Climb Direct Startnone 5b 73
286Edward's Wallnone 5c 60
287Edwards's Effortnone 6a *85
288Diversionnone 5c *131
289Birchden Wallnone 5b ***311
290Halibut Gibletsnone 5c *13
291Birchden Cornernone 5c ***222
292Frank's Arete / South East Cornernone 5c **5
293Crowborough Cornernone 5c **167
294Mr Spacemannone 6a **20
295Wailing Wallnone 5c **192
296Wailing Eliminatenone 6b 5
297Boysen's Aretenone 6a *78
298Boulder Bridge Routenone 2b ***46
299High Traversenone 5c ** 
300Girdle Traversenone 5a *8
301Powder Fingernone 6b 3
302Green Fingersnone 5c *19
303Krypton Factornone 6b  
304Bloody Fingersnone 6a 1
305Bloody Staircasenone 6b  
306Plumb Linenone 5c 1
308Jaggernone 5b 11
309Ear-ringnone 5c 1
310Big Cave Route 2none 2a *25
311Big Cave Route 1none 2b **54
312Smith's Traversenone 2a **24
313Baldrick's Boulderdashnone 5b 11
315Forget- Me -Notnone 6a 40
316Second Chancenone 6a *21
317Last Chancenone 5c *42
318Spider Wallnone 5b **200
319Cave Wallnone 5c *72
320Crack and Cavenone 4a **266
321Grant's Wallnone 6a 10
322Tiptoe Through the Lichennone 6b  
323Grant's Groovenone 6a *30
324Grant's Cracknone 5a **191
325Thingynone 4b *15
326Thingamywobsnone 5b 32
327Whatsanamenone 5b 12
329Purple Nastynone 6b  
330Little Cousinnone 5a 1
331Rum and Ribenanone 4b 3
332Rum and Cokenone 5b 2
333Bovver Bootnone 5c 1
334Cunning Stuntsnone 5b 2
335Cabbage Patch Bluesnone 5c 1
336Back Passagenone 3a 7
337Tiptoe Thru the Tulipsnone 5b 3
338Biceps Buttressnone 5c 7
339Finger Poppernone 6b  
340Crucifixnone 5c *3
341Scout Chimney Leftnone 2a 11
342L.H.T.none 5c 1
343Scout Chimney Rightnone 1a 16
344Garden Slab Leftnone 5a *16
345Garden Slab Rightnone 5a *7
346Muscle Cracknone 6a *8
347Hector's Housenone 6b  
348Cornernone 6a 2
349Magic Wallnone 6b  
350Philippanone 6a ***26
351Shodannone 5c *52
353Half-Crown Cornernone 5b *77
354Wander at Leisurenone 5a *115
355Birch Tree Cracknone 4a *171
356Birch Tree Variationsnone 6a 30
357Birch Tree Wallnone 4c 139
358Tree Rootnone 1a 21
359Stalactitef6A 5c *7
360Skid Marxf6B+ 6a *3
361The Scoopnone 5c *140
362Scoop Aretenone 6a *11
363Easy Cleft Leftnone 2a 65
364Wooly Jumperf6C 6b 4
365Pull Overnone 5c 67
366Right hand sit start (to Pullover)f7A *1
367Easy Cleft Rightnone 3a *137
368Short Traversenone 1b 1
369Senarranone 5a *276
370Hell Wallnone 5a **428
371Charon's Chimneynone 3a *117
372Baskervillenone 6a *61
373Far Leftnone 5c **250
374My Dear Watsonnone 5c 43
375Elementarynone 5c **278
376Dennis the menacenone 6c 5
377Desperate Dannone 6a **60
378Unclimbed Wall Direct Finishnone 6a *35
379Unclimbed Wallnone 5b ***489
380Wizzards Progressnone 5c 15
381Unclimbed Wall Direct Start/Finish (Wizzard's Shuffle)none 6a *81
382Unclimbed Wall - Direct Startnone 5c ***94
383jingo wobblynone 6b 22
384Right Unclimbednone 6a *97
385Isometric Chimneynone 1a 45
386Sunraynone 5a 28
387Eliminatenone 6a 5
388Solsticenone 5c **76
389Bulging Wall/Zig Nosenone 5c *229
390Zig-Zag Variationsnone 5b 28
391Zig-Zag Wallnone 5a ***423
392Todd's Traverse (Boundary Wall Traverse)none 5a *6
393Riftnone 5c *116
394Smartnone 5c 11
395Witches Broomsticknone 5c 34
396Maxnone 6a 5
397Neutralnone 6a 3
398Stubblenone 6b 1
399Meat Cleavernone 6a *2
401Wanderfallf3+ 4b **7
402Don Juanderf4+ 5b *2
403Minnie the Minxnone 6a ***2
404Zac Loftusnone 4c  
406Route 26 at Harrisons in southern sandstone bouldering guideV0 1
407Route 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