Climbs 403
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 61m a.s.l
Faces SW

Dan Beban on Niblick (UK 5c), Harrisons. © Farez Rahman

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

The Birchden Wood pass is here

Camping available on the Julie Tullis Memorial campsite adjacent to the car park, currently £5 per person per night, £2.50 for children. 

July 2016 - Machine still only accepting coins, no cards or notes accepted (bring a lot of coins)

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.


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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 North Boulder Area 
2Wooden Stump
3Passage Direct
4Ziggyf6A 20
5Red Riverf6A+ 19
6Pianof6A 6
7Alligator snatchf6B 35
8Groovy Graemef5+ 194
9letterboxf5 131
10Sunset Wallf5+ 115
11torque wrenchf6B **106
12Finger Flowf7A 14
13West Face Routef5+ **120
14Strong Strugglef6C+ 9
15Papillionf6C **36
16Revef6B 24
17back breakerf6C **14
18Full on Flingf6A+ 5
19The SheriffV5 ***65
20Silver Starf6A 56
21Triggerf5 **116
22Ok Corralnone 3a *158
f6A 54
24Layaway Curef6A 64
25original routeV2 61
26south island surpriseV0 5
27Serendipitynone 5c *4
28Demons of Deathnone 6a 9
29Special Invitationnone 6b  
30The Violent Spratnone 6b  
31North boulder girdle traversef6B+ **4
 Sandown Crags 
33Slab - Left
34Slab - Centre
35Slab - Right
36Bridge Corner - Left
37Bridge Corner
2 1
38Bridge Corner - Right
39The Ramp
none 2b 40
40DJ face the musicV2 9
41Central Routenone 3a 43
42Usurernone 3a 18
43Trees are greenV0+ 11
44Photinianone 6a 2
45Teddy Bear's Picnicnone 6a 1
46New Hatnone 6a 1
47Central Groovenone 5b *14
48Dynamonone 5c *6
49Usurpernone 5b *13
 **Kukri Wall Area** 
51Penknifenone 5a 7
52Breadknife Buttress
none 4b 19
53Kukri Wall
none 3b 40
54Kukri Wall Directnone 4c 19
 **Singlet Area** 
56Laraletmenone 5b 3
none 5b 56
58Twigletnone 6b 9
none 4b *167
60Singletnone 5b 17
none 3a 72
62Deep Thoughtnone 6a 8
63Donnone 2a 85
none 5c 18
65Elasticnone 5c 23
66Tight Chimney
none 3a 69
67Tight Chimney Slabnone 4b 41
68Sullivans Stake
none 5c 4
69Gilbert's Gamblenone 4b 61
70Ejectornone 4a *147
71Sand Pipernone 6a 14
72Shyttenone 6b 1
73Trip of the psychedelic tortoisenone 6a 8
74Carreranone 5b *116
75Open Chimneynone 2b *184
76Cottonsocks Traversenone 4b *100
77Root Route 3none 5b 86
78Root Route 2.75none 4c 13
79Root Route 2.5none 5b 70
80Root Route 2none 6a 64
81Root Route 1 1/2none 5a 104
82Root Route 1none 4a 140
83Blackeye Wallnone 5c 26
84Slanting Cracknone 5c *20
85Counterfeitnone 5c *39
86Right-hand Cracknone 4a *67
 **Sliding Corner Area** 
88Smear Campaign
none 5c 3
89Corridor of Uncertaintynone 6b  
90Sticky Wicketnone 5c 2
91rotten stump wall
none 5c 16
92rotten stump arete
none 6a 5
93Sliding Cornernone 5b *48
94Awkward Cracknone 6a 7
95Easy Chimneynone 1b 17
96Fingernail Cracknone 1b 73
97Dinosaurusnone 5c 10
none 5c 11
99Smiliodon (direct)
none 6a 2
100Tomcat / Simon's Wallnone 5c 34
101Panther's Wallnone 6a *16
none 5b 51
103Snout Crack
none 3b *95
104Mantelpiecenone 5c 4
105Beech Cornernone 3a 11
 **Hangover Area** 
107Blue Peter
none 5c *48
108Blue Murder
none 6b *10
109Slab (a.k.a. Diabollickal Crack)none 5a 204
110Slab Directnone 5b **292
111Slab Crack
none 5b *43
112Lager Frenzy
none 6c *3
113Lager Shandynone 6b *2
114Celestial's Reach
none 6a *2
115Hangover IInone 6a 16
116Hangover IIInone 6a ***125
117Hangover Right HandV6 **6
118Luncheon Shelfnone 5c *40
119Long Laybacknone 5a ***592
120The Flakes
none 6a ***140
121Flakes Direct
none 6a *29
122Coronation Cracknone 6a **47
123Supernaturalnone 6b **2
124The Limpetnone 6b **8
125Vampire's Ledgenone 5c **4
 **Bow Window Area** 
127Dark Chimney
none 2a ***314
128Dark Chimney Buttress
none 5a *116
129Nut Treenone 6b *14
130Icarusnone 6a 5
131Spout Buttressnone 5c *81
132Spout Crossing
none 5b *154
133Windowside Spoutnone 3b *173
134Casement Wall
none 5b *105
none 5b *260
136Bow Windownone 4a **560
137Bow Window Directnone 5c *51
138Finger Stainnone 5c *95
139Sashcord Cracknone 4a *398
140Big cracknone 4c *74
141Neighboursnone 6b 2
142Way Downnone 1a 51
 Archer's Wall Area 
144Quarterdomenone 5b ***61
145yosemite big wall climbnone 5b *22
146Giant's Staircase
none 2a 133
147Lost Arrow Wall
none 4b *32
148Arrow Crack
none 2a 91
149Gardener's Question Time
none 6a 10
150Longbow Chimney
none 2a 46
151Gristnone 6a 2
152Quivernone 5c *83
153That Man's an Animalnone 6b 1
154Toxophilitenone 5c *53
155Little Sagittariusnone 5c *56
156Sagittariusnone 5a **150
157Archers Wall Directnone 5c *28
158Archer's Wall
none 5c *41
159Stupid Effortnone 5b *98
160Long Cracknone 4b **201
161Riverdancenone 6a  
162What Crisis?none 6c **11
163Slim Finger Cracknone 5c ***160
164Vulture Cracknone 5c **40
165Missing Linknone 6a **2
166The Stingnone 6a 8
167Marcus's Aretenone 6a 2
 **Giant's Ear Area** 
169Horizontal Birchnone 3a 23
170Jumping Jack Flashnone 6b  
171Downfallnone 4b 8
172Pig tail slabnone 2a *14
173Left Edge
none 2b *87
174Original Route
none 2a 80
175Big Toe Wallnone 3b 36
176Greasy Cracknone 4a 80
177Directorsnone 5c 3
178Giant's Ear
none 5a *93
179Junend Aretenone 3c 20
180Happy Days
none 3b 22
181Snake's Crawlnone 1a 11
182Little Cave
none 2a 12
183Signalbox Arete
none 5b *21
184Mountain Railwaynone 4b 5
185Sinner's Wall
none 3a 1
186Saint's Wall
none 5c 14
187A Killling Jokef7A 3
188Left Circle
none 6a 18
189Right Circle
none 4a **220
190Bloody Sundaynone 5c 6
191good fridaynone 5c 38
192Small Chimneynone 2b 176
193small wallnone 5b 61
194Reserved /Goats Head Soupnone 5b 11
195Long Stretchnone 5b 3
196Coffin Corner
none 4c 6
197Goats Do Roamnone 6a **15
198St. Gotthard
none 4b **46
f3+ 3
200Hard furka
f4+ 4
201Grimy Grimself4+ 7
202Eigahhhhhhf5+ 7
203Yound Frauf6A **5
204Hachoo Hornf5 4
f3 7
206Simplon Route
none 4a *25
207The Sandpipe
none 4b *19
208The Sewernone 4c *18
209Sewer Wallnone 5c  
210Sewer-Rowan Connection
none 5b 1
211Monkey's Necklace
none 5b ***9
212Powder Monkey
none 6b *2
none 5c **45
214Baboonnone 6a 1
215Oliver James
none 6b **2
216Monkey's Bow
none 6a *4
217Moonlight Arete
none 4c ***336
none 4c **227
219Matt's Fingertipnone 5a 3
none 6c * 
221Araldite Wallnone 5c  
222Easy Cleftsnone 1b 2
223Noisome Cleft No. 2none 3a 2
224Noisome Wallnone 5b  
225Boxing Day Cracker
none 1b 3
226Noisome Cleft No. 1none 3a 1
227One-Two Traversenone 5a  
 **Wellington's Block Area** 
229Passage Chimneynone 2a 2
230Forester's Wall Direct
none 6a *12
231Indian Summer
none 6a *6
232Forester's Wall
none 5b **112
none 5c *53
none 6a ***70
235The Republic
none 6b **23
236The Niblicknone 5b ***497
237Niblick Direct Startnone 5c ***21
238Pincenibnone 6a *20
239Pince Nez
none 4c 2
240Pinch Aretenone 5b ***36
241Wellington's chimneynone 3c 21
242Wellington's Nose
none 3b **102
243Lady Janenone 5c 2
none 4b 1
245Sabre Crack
none 4b 28
246Kicksnone 6b 1
247Wellington Bootnone 6b 1
248Belts and Braces
none 5b *53
none 3b **23
none 2b *19
 **Squat Tower Area** 
252Wildcat Wall
none 5c 40
253Woodside Blossom
none 6a 15
254Deadwood Crack
none 4c *323
255Toeing the Line
none 4a *74
256Tame Variant
none 2b 206
257Tame Corner
none 2a *63
258Stagnone 5c 30
259The Vicenone 4c **364
none 6a *63
261Handvicenone 6a 30
262Victorianone 5c 5
263The Clampnone 5c 4
264Rhapsody Inside a Satsumanone 5b 5
265Corridor Routenone 4a 23
266Birch Nosenone 5b 18
 **Reach for the Sky** 
268Fat and Middle-agednone 6a  
269Knight's Gambitnone 5b 3
270Knight's Movenone 5c 5
271Skin Jobnone 6b *2
272Reach for the Skynone 6a 1
 **Square Boulder** 
274Square Boulder Aretef6A *3
275The Stomach TraverseVB **2
276Square Boulder Layawaysf6A+ 3
 **Set Square Arete Area** 
278Set Square Arete
none 5b *83
279Sandbagnone 5c  
280Sunshine Crack
none 4c **211
281The Knamnone 6a *17
282The Manknone 6a *32
283Dr. Pepper
none 6b **1
284Piecemeal Wall
none 5c **55
285Karen's Kondom
none 6b 10
286The Chimney
none 2b **109
287Chimney and Traversenone 3a 19
288Ericnone 6a 10
289Reverse Traverse
none 5c 41
290Two-Toed Sloth
none 5a *248
291Tab Chimneynone 2a 11
292Soft Rock-ernone 5c 7
293Arustunone 5c  
294Agent Orangenone 5a 1
 **Isolated Buttress** 
296North-West Cornernone 5c **118
297Wooly Bearnone 6c **60
298West Wallnone 5c ***166
299South-West Cornernone 6a **54
300Apple Crumblenone 5b **12
301Isolated Buttress Climbnone 4c ***442
302Isolated Buttress Climb Direct Startnone 5b 84
303Edward's Wall
none 5c 68
304Edwards's Effort
none 6a *99
305Diversionnone 5c *143
306Birchden Wallnone 5b ***341
307Halibut Gibletsnone 5c *15
308Birchden Cornernone 5c ***253
309Frank's Arete / South East Cornernone 5c **10
310Crowborough Cornernone 5c **183
311Mr Spacemannone 6a **22
312Wailing Wallnone 5c **210
313Wailing Eliminatenone 6b 5
314Boysen's Aretenone 6a *84
315Boulder Bridge Route
none 2b ***53
316High Traverse
none 5c **1
317Girdle Traverse
none 5a *11
318Powder Fingernone 6b 3
319Green Fingers
none 5c *21
320Krypton Factornone 6b  
321Bloody Fingersnone 6a 1
322Bloody Staircasenone 6b  
323Plumb Linenone 5c 1
 **Jagger Area** 
325Gall Stone
none 6a 1
326Jaggernone 5b 14
327Ear-ringnone 5c 1
328Big Cave Route 2
none 2a *27
329Big Cave Route 1
none 2b **59
330Smith's Traverse
none 2a **25
331Right Under Your Nose
none 5b 3
332Baldrick's Boulderdashnone 5b 12
 **Spider Wall Area** 
334Forget- Me -Notnone 6a 54
335Second Chancenone 6a *28
336Last Chancenone 5c *54
337Spider Wallnone 5b **233
338Cave Wallnone 5c *89
339Crack and Cave
none 4a **323
340Grant's Wall
none 6a 17
341Tiptoe Through the Lichennone 6b  
342Grant's Groove
none 6a *44
343Grant's Crack
none 5a **229
none 4b *22
345Thingamywobsnone 5b 44
346Whatsanamenone 5b 16
 **Garden Slab Area** 
348Purple Nastynone 6b  
349Little Cousinnone 5a  
350Rum and Ribenanone 4b 7
351Rum and Cokenone 5b 1
352Bovver Bootnone 5c  
353Cunning Stuntsnone 5b 1
354Cabbage Patch Bluesnone 5c  
355Back Passagenone 3a 7
356Tiptoe Thru the Tulipsnone 5b 4
357Biceps Buttressnone 5c 7
358Finger Poppernone 6b  
359Crucifixnone 5c *5
360Scout Chimney Left
none 2a 12
361L.H.T.none 5c  
362Scout Chimney Right
none 1a 17
363Garden Slab Leftnone 5a *17
364Garden Slab Right
none 5a *8
365Muscle Cracknone 6a *10
366Hector's Housenone 6b  
367Cornernone 6a 2
368Magic Wallnone 6b  
369Philippanone 6a ***45
none 5c *60
 **The Beach End** 
372Half-Crown Corner
none 5b *94
373Wander at Leisurenone 5a *136
374Birch Tree Crack
none 4a *210
375Birch Tree Variationsnone 6a 34
376Birch Tree Wallnone 4c 163
377Tree Rootnone 1a 21
378Stalactitef6A *11
379Skid Marxf6B+ *3
380The Scoopnone 5c *159
381Scoop Aretenone 6a *14
382Easy Cleft Left
none 2a 76
383Demons of Death (Sit Start)f6C 4
384Pull Overnone 5c 71
385Right hand sit start (to Pullover)f7A *1
386Easy Cleft Right
none 3a *152
387Short Traversenone 1b 2
388Senarranone 5a *327
389Hell Wallnone 5a **506
390Charon's Chimneynone 3a *143
391Baskervillenone 6a *71
392Far Leftnone 5c **284
393My Dear Watsonnone 5c 51
394Elementarynone 5c **314
395Dennis the menacenone 6c 7
396Desperate Dannone 6a **72
397Unclimbed Wall Direct Finishnone 6a *46
398Unclimbed Wallnone 5b ***568
399Wizzards Progressnone 5c 16
400Unclimbed Wall Direct Start/Finish (Wizzard's Shuffle)none 6a *88
401Unclimbed Wall - Direct Startnone 5c ***111
402jingo wobblynone 6b 24
403Right Unclimbednone 6a *113
404Isometric Chimneynone 1a 57
405Sunraynone 5a 35
406Eliminatenone 6a 6
407Solsticenone 5c **92
408Bulging Wall/Zig Nosenone 5c *262
409Zig-Zag Variationsnone 5b 32
410Zig-Zag Wallnone 5a ***489
411Todd's Traverse (Boundary Wall Traverse)
none 5a *11
412Riftnone 5c *132
413Smartnone 5c 14
414Witches Broomsticknone 5c 37
415Maxnone 6a 6
416Neutralnone 6a 4
417Stubblenone 6b 1
418Meat Cleavernone 6a *2
 location unclear... insufficient info/description incomplete 
420Wanderfallf3+ **14
421Don Juanderf4+ *5
422Minnie the Minxnone 6a *2
423Zac Loftusnone 4c 1
 SS Bouldering Guide Numbered Routes 
425Weeping Slab
none 5a 1
426Nose Finish
none 6a 1
427Long Reach
none 5a 2
428Bouncy Castle
none 5c 1
429Butterfly Traverse
none 2b 2
430Bolder Route
none 5b 1
431The Stag *4c *1
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