Climbs 96
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 359m a.s.l
Faces S

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The late and great Dave Gregory climbing the Trident at Harborough Rocks © Chris Craggs

Crag features

A delightful, open mini-edge around 6m high. Along with Rainster Rocks offers a unique experience of climbing on dolomitic limestone, a highly pocketed, juggy rock. Super soloing or family picnic venue in summer (if you can zone out the factory noise). Nothing too hard except the short but sharp VSs, and if you don't like polish... Best routes are Steeple Arete (VD), Trident Arete (HD) and Creased Wall (VS 4c). Other strange shaped pinnacles in the area to explore and some low-grade bouldering on both tiers. Breezy and therefore midge-free and quick-drying. The cave is wet and slimy. Make sure you have wipes and hand gel!

Approach notes

From Longcliffe (SK 227557) on the B5056 head south for Brassington. After 3/4 mile turn left and in a similar distance the edge will be seen on the left. Follow footpath which starts just after the 'Brickworks'.

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Road is closed just in front of the car park until Sept 2017. Best access currently is from the opposite side that the concrete factory. Park in layby (enough for 3 cars) and follow the dissused railway line to the crag.
pagey198 - 05/Aug/17
Polished... Polished... Polished! What else can be said.
Jordanh031 - 21/Apr/14
Parking is realy close to the rock just a bit right of the quarry as a warning though if you go in the week the quarry is realy noisy so best to wait till the weekend. from the carpark area (suitable for about five cars) its a short walk to the rocks. The rocks themself are realy nice to climb and there realy is something for all the family. Theres plenty of places for protection while climbing and when you get to the top more than enough to setup a few top ropes and let them get on with it.
ophielle - 17/Jun/11
Great little crag once you zone out the (noisy) factory below. Giant holds abound and natural protection appears relatively reliable for a limestone venue. Polish was present in places but was considerably better than somewhere like Hutton Roof. I'll be back
davidparkinson - 22/Feb/11
Was I having a good day after a long time on the grit or is the whole crag undergraded?
fenclimb - 06/Jul/05
Very cute place, pity about the factory below. Best boulder problem is the obvious smooth wall some yards left of Creased Wall - fingery V2-ish direct up the centre.
Fiend1 - 14/Jan/05
Climbing here is great - lots to do, some good routes with interesting things to hang off and an excellent place to learn to set belays, lead etc. But dont expect a peaceful 'get away from it all' experience as the Brickworks emits a steady stream of earsplitting noise! Arghhhhhhh!
Patrick Carmichael - 12/Sep/04
According to the OS maps, this crag is spelt Harboro Rocks. Popoular with groups.
Paul - 17/Apr/03
the guide book refers to two rusting water tanks when it talks about how to find the cave at the lefh hand edge. These are no longer there. But the whole area isnt that big if you follow the footpath up to the edge and walk a few meters to the left the cave is very easy to find
annie - 13/Apr/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Steeple
2 Blinding Lights f7B+ *  
3 Banana Face f7B+ * 3
4 The Swarm f8A+ **  
  The Cave
6 Introductory Wall D 495
7 Cave Buttress Arete D 72
8 Cave crack VD 134
9 Cave Chimney S 4a 179
10 Skylight Chimney VD * 178
11 Gobbler's Roof E7 6c * 2
12 Into the Light f4 2
13 Overhanging Wall Variant VD ** 750
14 Overhanging Wall S 4b ** 513
15 Overhang Wall Direct VD * 88
16 Overhanging Chimney Direct S 4a ** 381
17 Overhanging Chimney Indirect VD 220
18 Pockets S 4c 381
19 Cracks HVS 5b 181
20 Jug VS 5a * 476
21 Jug Right-hand f4+ * 75
22 Pedestal Crack S 4a * 698
23 Concave Wall HVD 4a * 546
24 Steeple Arete VD * 837
25 The missing link V6 * 6
26 Arachnid V3 15
27 Spider Chimney HVD 3c * 265
28 <New route claim>Unknown 4 HS 4c * 29
29 Harborough Crack HS 4b * 213
30 Orange Peel none 5c 12
31 Little Arete D 519
32 Useful Gully Arete f4 * 54
33 Bow Ridge VD 437
34 Bow Corner HVD 375
35 Bow-Shaped Wall VS 5a 284
Climb name Grade
36 Suzannes shoulder MS 4a 30
37 Bow Arete D 552
38 Bow Arete Right f4 108
  Creased Wall
40 Pocketed wall 1 f3 31
41 Pocketed Wall 2 f3+ 39
42 Pocketed Wall 3 f3 39
43 Pocketed Wall 4 f3 * 37
44 Thin Air VS 4b * 470
45 Creased Wall HVS 5a ** 316
46 Crinkle Crack HS 4b * 473
47 Steep Ridge VD * 706
48 Little Gully D 384
49 Adderley's Route D 319
50 Little Adder f3 4
51 The Furrow S 4b 260
52 Terrace Wall, Left Arete *
f4+ 2
  Trident Buttress
54 The Blaster HVS 5b 269
55 Little Diagonal VD 321
56 Little Corner VD 291
57 Little Crack S 4b * 430
58 Little Wall VS 4b 71
59 Little Little Crack VD 375
60 Little Chimney M 339
61 Chimney Arete VD 321
62 Scooped Wall VD 346
63 Scooped Direct HVS 5a 70
64 <New route claim> Bec E1 5b * 25
65 Desperation S 4a 282
66 <New route claim> Leesey Peasy S 4a 12
67 Trident Face VD * 671
68 Trident Eliminate HS 4b * 567
69 Trident Groove VD * 770
70 Trident Arete VD * 987
Climb name Grade
71 Trident Obverse D 262
  The Arete
73 Shorty f4+ 121
74 Mantel Wall f4 136
75 Cracked Wall HVS 5b 204
76 -New route claim- Unknown HS 4b 14
77 Overhanging Crack VS 5a 290
78 -New route claim- Unknown 2 VD 15
79 The Arete S 4a * 608
80 The Arete (Direct Start) S 4b 35
81 Blinkers VS 5a * 294
82 Legs Over VS 4b * 386
  Lower Tier boulder problems
84 Left Bulge f5 * 115
85 Right Bulge f5 * 126
86 Cracked Arete f3 149
87 Slab Wall f5 121
88 Flake Mantel f3 * 155
89 Cod Eye Wall f5 105
90 Cod Belly V0+ 5a 20
91 Groovy V0- * 14
92 Groove Arete f4+ * 30
93 Sharp Bulge f5 102
94 Flake Sitter Left f3+ * 136
95 Flake Sitter f4+ * 115
96 Final Wall f3 122
97 Bulge Traverse V3 5
  Unknown Problems and Routes
99 Dudley
V2 * 1
100 Cristiana Swing
S 4a  
  Little Buttress
102 Pockets Traverse f5+ 2
103 Noodle's Arete V2 4
104 Noodle's Wall V4 3
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