Climbs 56
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 130m a.s.l
Faces S

The picturesque crag of Under Rockes © Emma Harrington

Crag features

Small and secluded, the main feature being an 8m high wall with large square potholes cut into it at some time in the past, probably from a building that once existed here. The best routes are in this area. A few 4a/4b but mainly English 5b/c and above. Best in spring and autumn when leaves are fewest, but can be OK year-round. A good place to escape the crowds.

Approach notes

NO LEADING - soloing or toproping only, and if the latter then extend the belay over the crag edge - it saves your rope and the rock.
Lies 500m due North of Butcher's Cross and S of Argos Hill.

Heading North on the A267 from Five Ashes, the road bends right at Butcher's Cross and Horleigh Green Road heads off in a north easterly direction. Follow this for 800m to just before a junction on the right signposted Mayfield 1 1/4. The house on the right is called Twitts Ghyll - (there's a new sign!).

Alternatively head south west out of Rotherfield on the Mayfield road. Fork left (down the hill) 800m after leaving the southern end of the village. Follow Five Ashes road for 1800m where a junction with Fir Toll road (signposted Mayfield 1 1/4) is found on the left. The house by the junction is called Twitts Ghyll.

Park opposite the junction on a grassy area (pull off the road and do NOT park in front of the house!!!).

On the opposite side of the road to Twitt's Ghyll, a footpath leads west past an old gate and then for approx. 400m to an old metal harrow on the left. The path turns south just past the harrow and it is possible to step over the fence on the right and head south-east across the field for 150m to the corner of a wooded area. A stile then a footpath runs west through the wood and the rocks appear shortly on the right. The firth buttress on the right has Lamplight and No Ghosts on it. A bit further on you reach another buttress with Dark Crack and a few more feet you reach the potholed wall.

The rope swing has broken a few legs and ankles!

There are further low and overgrown buttresses further downstream...

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Under Rockes is in East Sussex, not Kent. Also, Mark Torch said he couldn't find the Twitts Ghyll house but I found it easily and I thought the directions were very good.
PeterJuggler - 23/Sep/09
The swing as been climber and a new{20 years old 9mm rope ]added to the careful ,it may break.Have a good swing if you decided to try.
brixton climber - 07/Feb/06
new crag founded 200m or so further left of the main wall.The river carved around the rock and formed a gorge type of effect.Approximatly 5/6 m hight,20m long approx. The first climb done was" penetration",the obvious crack on the right of penetration, good jam crossing the river. the boulder on the right the face was climb,from the bottom and the route call "the shark",flat jam session, graded 5a/5b[waiting for confirmation]. then on the far left of the crag,an obvious small finger crack in a corner,climb straightup, bridge and jam up without pulling on the tree at the top..elbow mantelshelf. mainy other climb still to be done, hard time for boulderer,beautiful place sunnsset at the top.bring a change of socks.
brixton climber - 07/Feb/06
Just to correct a mistake in my last E-Mail. Stonehurst Lane runs west of Butcher's Cross, not east.
Mark Torch - 28/Apr/05
Just wanted to point out that the access instructions to this crag often mentions a house called Twitts Ghyll that I have never been able to identify. I finally found the outcrop by heading east from Butcher's Cross down Stonehurst Lane, which begins just past the prep school. Only a few meters down the lane a path heads north but seems to be barred by a black iron gate. It is easy to walk around the gate and follow the track across the field to the style that leads to the foot of Under Rockes.
mark torch - 28/Apr/05
Very nice. Best routes are Lionheart (hard 6a), fireball (5c), Central Crack (5c) and Uganda Wall (5c). A hold broke off uganda wall over the last year so it's not quite such a soft touch anymore.
Sandman - 26/Dec/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Far Left Buttress
2 Steve and Dave slept with the Hubers
none 2a 1
3 Bruce isn't Calling
none 3b 1
4 Young People Today
none 4b 1
5 James Glover Esquire
none 4c 1
6 Inner State Secondary
none 5b 1
7 Cialis Cripples
none 3b 1
8 Viagra Veterans
none 5a 1
9 Battery Wall none 4a 2
  Uganda Wall
11 Wide Crack 2a 2a 2
12 Birthday Buttress 6c 6a  
13 The 13th Light 6c 6a * 1
14 Lionheart 6c+ 6a *** 30
15 Over the Hill 6c 6a ** 8
16 Uganda Wall 6b+ 5c *** 71
17 Magic Pebble 6c 5c * 37
18 Fireball 6b+ 5c *** 34
19 Dogs of War 6c 6a * 10
20 In One Hole... 6c 6a ** 17
Climb name Grade
21 Central Crack 6b 5c *** 54
  Evening Arete
23 The Touch 6b 5c * 20
24 The Alien Succumbs... 6b+ 5c 10
25 Evening Arete 6a 5b ** 56
26 Hear No Evil 5b 5a * 17
27 Speak No Evil 5b 5a  
28 See No Evil 4c 4c * 2
29 Channelsea Crack 3a 3a 2
  Dark Crack Buttress
31 Outfall Crack 6c 6a *  
32 What the Buck 6c 6a *  
33 Anything Goes 6c+ 6a  
34 Rapunzel 6b 5c *  
35 Bow Locks 6b+ 5c  
36 Mastercard 7a+ 6b  
37 Meridian Direct 7a+ 6b *  
38 Meridian 7a 6b ** 1
39 Funnel Web 7b 6b *  
40 Dark Crack 6c 5c ** 7
Climb name Grade
41 One Up All Up, Except Mat 7a 6a *  
42 Peregrine 6a 5b ** 1
43 Kestrel 6b+ 5c 1
44 Merlin 4a 4a 2
  Departure Slab
46 The Waltzing Buzzard 6b 5c 1
47 Trouble with Rubble 6a 5b * 7
48 Hardcore 4b 4b 9
49 Down the Hatch 5b 5a * 1
50 Departure Slab 4a 4a 5
51 Manteloid 6b 5c 2
52 Easter Crack 2b 2b 2
53 Lamplight 6a 5b * 7
54 Rogers Wall 6a 5b * 10
55 Wind and Wuthering 6b 5c 1
56 Bilbo 3a 3a 3
57 Baggins 3a 3a 2
59 Girdle Traverse none 5b ** 5
60 The Apex (High Traverse) none 6a ns *  

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