High Rocks East Sussex, ENGLAND
Climbs 312 – Rocktype Sandstone (soft) – Altitude 90m a.s.l – Faces NW
High Rocks is a designated SSSI, National Monument and owned by The High Rocks (opposite).
All climbers should visit the lower bar BEFORE entering the rocks.
Climbers should pay the £10 entrance fee (2010) and obtain a ticket/receipt. Season ticket holders (£45, 2010) should sign the book. Please DO NOT enter the grounds without a ticket.
The highest of the southern sandstone crags - 12m. Plenty of classic climbs, including the oft-tried Infidel (6a). Lots to keep everyone, including the wandering grockles, amused.
NB: ACCESS CONDITIONS ... By ignoring the access conditions (which are very simple and include having a valid ticket when you enter the grounds) you are jeopardising access to this crag. It is not strictly necessary to phone in advance at present but please call in at the lower bar and pay for entry or sign in if you have a season ticket. Failure to heed this advice will likely lead to the reintroduction of the 'booking system' or the eventual closure of the crag. If you don't want to pay, please do not risk losing access by entering illegally - stay away... The BMC and local climbers have invested considerable efforts (and money) in maintaining access to High Rocks.
Phone number is 01892 515532 - ask for the manager. Detailed contact information is available at http://www.highrocks.co.uk
See also http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=2624
No leading. Soloing or toproping only. Take a second static rope (8 - 10m)to extend top belays and preferably a carpet sample to clean your feet before you climb.
>From Tunbridge Wells, take the A264 for East Grinstead; after 2km (1.2mi) on Rusthall Common turn L at signpost to The Beacon and High Rocks: follow down the narrow hill to a 'Y' junction (rocks visible opposite) where a right turn takes you over a railway bridge and to the High Rocks. The crag entrance is on the left and car park a bit further on the left. Please pay (or sign in for season ticket holders) in the lower bar BEFORE entering the grounds.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.
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Southern sandstone bouldering (2012), Southern Sandstone (2008),
Out of print: Southern Sandstone (1989)
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Though I would give a quick updated as I went there the other day. Not much has changed. Still £10 to get in, still a little bit of glass. Pretty quiet overall.
lostpixel - 28/Jun/12
visited there today. i wasn't impressed by the amount of broken glass around not just at the bottom of the routes but mid way up and on the top. i wouldn't of minded if i had not paid the £10 entrance fee but it is clear that they are not looked after as much as they should be. Sticking to Harrisons and Bowles in future
silverpim - 20/Jun/10
Try the SDS start to Krankenkopf, using only jams for the hands. It uses a nice finger/thumb stack if you can reach it. Trad 6a or V2. Jump off when you get your feet on the ledge at 12 feet.
Oliver Hill - 09/Jun/09
I love this crag. Haven't been since the vegetation was cleared and am looking forward to seeing what it's like (although I'll be too weak to do anything there now!). There is still potential here for some very hard new routes (I abbed some lines 18 years ago and they've not been done yet).
seagull - 11/May/07
high rocks has recently been restored, meaning that allot more of the rock is in condition.
the friction of the rock is unrivaled as far as southern sandstone goes
ian h - 04/Apr/05
A wonderful outcrop with a pub not 100 yds from it. Hard though, very hard. Great bouldering problems and really tough routes. The friction is less here than on other local sandstone even in perfect conditons. Not a first time foray for those punters fresh from the plastic.
JoHNY - 02/Jul/04
Traverse above Bum Dragon 7c is called 'crosstown traffic' and is 7c w/ broken hold. There is a SDS in the middle of the wall starting just right of the boulder that is good. SDS to Brenva is 7a. There is also a new traverse going starting as the SDS to Brenva and traversing left low to finish on the right arete- 'the slowpull'. Also repeats of 'Vandal' have called it 7b. Alot of other hard to describe probs in the 7b range.
pete - 08/Aug/03
lots of cool new bouldering happening in the form of starts to routes.
brenva sit start fnt 7b
bum dragon fnt 7c+ (traverse behind honycomb)
coast to coast fnt 7b+ (traverse behind honycomb)
high rocks dyno fnt 7b+ (direct to celebration)
kinda lingers bum start fnt 7c
vandal fnt 7c+ (roof left of judy)
shatterd start fnt 6c.
bad blood direct start fnt 6c.
lord traverse fnt 6b
rob - 19/Apr/03