Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 90m a.s.l
Pac Pac Pac © Szymon Bicz
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. The rocks are closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays (apart from bank holidays). Arrive before 11:30am or after 5:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to avoid wedding parties. Please also move away from wedding parties when they are in the grounds having their photos taken.
Climbers should pay the £10 entrance fee (2016) and obtain a ticket/receipt. Season ticket holders (£50, 2016) should sign the book. Please DO NOT enter the grounds without a ticket.
Bouldering is currently banned (2016). Discussions to help resolve this situation will take place and are ongoing and will hopefully steer this situation into a more positive direction. Until that time, please respect the no bouldering rule and keep crash pads away from the rocks to avoid any misunderstandings.
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.
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.
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.
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