Climbs 413
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 18
5Red Riverf6A+ 19
6Pianof6A 6
7Alligator snatchf6B 38
8Groovy Graemef5+ 201
9letterboxf5 136
10Sunset Wallf5+ 118
11torque wrenchf6B **113
12Finger Flowf7A 21
13West Face Routef5+ **127
14Strong Strugglef6C+ 10
15Papillionf6C **36
16Revef6B 29
17back breakerf6C **16
18Full on Flingf6A+ 5
19The SheriffV5 ***71
20Silver Starf6A 60
21Triggerf5 **120
22Ok Corralnone 3a *168
f6A 57
24Layaway Curef6A 65
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
f2 2
34Slab - Centre
f2 2
35Slab - Right
f2 2
36Bridge Corner - Left
37Bridge Corner
2 2
38Bridge Corner - Right
39The Ramp
none 2b 41
40DJ face the musicV2 10
41Central Routenone 3a 43
42Usurernone 3a 20
43Trees are greenV0+ 12
44Photinianone 6a 2
45Teddy Bear's Picnicnone 6a 1
46New Hatnone 6a 1
47Central Groovenone 5b *15
48Dynamonone 5c *6
49Usurpernone 5b *13
 **Kukri Wall Area** 
51Penknifenone 5a 8
52Breadknife Buttress
none 4b 21
53Kukri Wall
none 3b 42
54Kukri Wall Directnone 4c 21
 **Singlet Area** 
56Laraletmenone 5b 3
none 5b 58
58Twigletnone 6b 8
none 4b *172
60Singletnone 5b 19
none 3a 69
62Deep Thoughtnone 6a 8
63Donnone 2a 84
none 5c 17
65Elasticnone 5c 28
66Tight Chimney
none 3a 69
67Tight Chimney Slabnone 4b 40
68Sullivans Stake
none 5c 4
69Gilbert's Gamblenone 4b 62
70Ejectornone 4a *150
71Sand Pipernone 6a 15
72Shyttenone 6b 1
73Trip of the psychedelic tortoisenone 6a 8
74Carreranone 5b *118
75Open Chimneynone 2b *190
76Cottonsocks Traversenone 4b *104
77Root Route 3none 5b 89
78Root Route 2.75none 4c 15
79Root Route 2.5none 5b 71
80Root Route 2none 6a 65
81Root Route 1 1/2none 5a 105
82Root Route 1none 4a 141
83Blackeye Wallnone 5c 26
84Slanting Cracknone 5c *20
85Counterfeitnone 5c *40
86Right-hand Cracknone 4a *67
87Bioplastic *f6A+ *1
 **Sliding Corner Area** 
89Smear Campaign
none 5c 3
90Corridor of Uncertaintynone 6b  
91Sticky Wicketnone 5c 4
92rotten stump wall
none 5c 17
93rotten stump arete
none 6a 5
94Sliding Cornernone 5b *48
95Awkward Cracknone 6a 7
96Easy Chimneynone 1b 17
97Fingernail Cracknone 1b 75
98Dinosaurusnone 5c 10
none 5c 11
100Smiliodon (direct)
none 6a 3
101Tomcat / Simon's Wallnone 5c 36
102Panther's Wallnone 6a *17
none 5b 51
104Snout Crack
none 3b *99
105Mantelpiecenone 5c 4
106Beech Cornernone 3a 11
107Out of The Blue6b+  
 Hangover + Longlayback Area 
109Blue Peter
none 5c *48
110Blue Murder
none 6b *11
111Slab (a.k.a. Diabollickal Crack)none 5a 206
112Slab Directnone 5b **297
113Slab Crack
none 5b *46
114Lager Frenzy
none 6c *3
115Lager Shandynone 6b *2
116Celestial's Reach
none 6a *3
117Hangover IInone 6a 16
118Hangover IIInone 6a ***128
119Hangover Right HandV6 **6
120Luncheon Shelfnone 5c *40
121Long Laybacknone 5a ***610
122The Flakes
none 6a ***132
123Flakes Direct
none 6a *28
124Coronation Cracknone 6a **55
125Supernaturalnone 6b **2
126The Limpetnone 6b **9
127Vampire's Ledgenone 5c **4
128Beechroot *summit * 
 **Bow Window Area** 
130Dark Chimney
none 2a ***321
131Dark Chimney Buttress
none 5a *118
132Nut Treenone 6b *15
133Icarusnone 6a 5
134Spout Buttressnone 5c *84
135Spout Crossing
none 5b *156
136Windowside Spoutnone 3b *177
137Casement Wall
none 5b *104
none 5b *266
139Bow Windownone 4a **577
140Bow Window Directnone 5c *54
141Finger Stainnone 5c *98
142Sashcord Cracknone 4a *406
143Big cracknone 4c *82
144Neighboursnone 6b 2
145Way Downnone 1a 53
 Archer's Wall Area 
147Quarterdomenone 5b ***59
148yosemite big wall climbnone 5b *24
149Giant's Staircase
none 2a 136
150Lost Arrow Wall
none 4b *32
151Arrow Crack
none 2a 92
152Gardener's Question Time
none 6a 14
153Longbow Chimney
none 2a 49
154Gristnone 6a 3
155Quivernone 5c *91
156That Man's an Animalnone 6b 1
157Toxophilitenone 5c *61
158Little Sagittariusnone 5c *61
159Sagittariusnone 5a **157
160Archers Wall Directnone 5c *30
161Archer's Wall
none 5c *43
162Stupid Effortnone 5b *100
163Long Cracknone 4b **209
164Riverdancenone 6a  
165What Crisis?none 6c **9
166Slim Finger Cracknone 5c ***161
167Vulture Cracknone 5c **45
168Missing Linknone 6a **2
169The Stingnone 6a 10
170Marcus's Aretenone 6a 2
 **Giant's Ear Area** 
172Horizontal Birchnone 3a 20
173Jumping Jack Flashnone 6b  
174Downfallnone 4b 9
175Pig tail slabnone 2a *16
176Left Edge
none 2b *87
177Original Route
none 2a 80
178Big Toe Wallnone 3b 36
179Greasy Cracknone 4a 85
180Directorsnone 5c 3
181Giant's Ear
none 5a *98
182Junend Aretenone 3c 23
183Happy Days
none 3b 26
184Snake's Crawlnone 1a 12
185Little Cave
none 2a 12
186Signalbox Arete
none 5b *22
187Mountain Railwaynone 4b 5
188Sinner's Wall
none 3a 1
189Saint's Wall
none 5c 14
190A Killling Jokef7A 3
191Left Circle
none 6a 19
192Right Circle
none 4a **225
193Bloody Sundaynone 5c 7
194good fridaynone 5c 39
195Small Chimneynone 2b 181
196small wallnone 5b 61
197Reserved /Goats Head Soupnone 5b 11
198Long Stretchnone 5b 4
199Coffin Corner
none 4c 7
200Goats Do Roamnone 6a **15
201St. Gotthard
none 4b **49
f3+ 3
203Hard furka
f4+ 4
204Grimy Grimself4+ 7
205Eigahhhhhhf5+ 7
206Yound Frauf6A **5
207Hachoo Hornf5 4
f3 6
209Simplon Route
none 4a *24
210The Sandpipe
none 4b *20
211The Sewernone 4c *20
212Sewer Wallnone 5c  
213Sewer-Rowan Connection
none 5b 1
214Monkey's Necklace
none 5b ***9
215Powder Monkey
none 6b *2
none 5c **47
217Baboonnone 6a 1
218Oliver James
none 6b **2
219Monkey's Bow
none 6a *6
220Moonlight Arete
none 4c ***347
none 4c **232
222Matt's Fingertipnone 5a 3
none 6c * 
224Araldite Wallnone 5c  
225Easy Cleftsnone 1b 2
226Noisome Cleft No. 2none 3a 2
227Noisome Wallnone 5b  
228Boxing Day Cracker
none 1b 3
229Noisome Cleft No. 1none 3a 1
230One-Two Traversenone 5a  
 **Wellington's Block Area** 
232Passage Chimneynone 2a 2
233Forester's Wall Direct
none 6a *12
234Indian Summer
none 6a *6
235Forester's Wall
none 5b **118
none 5c *52
none 6a ***63
238The Republic
none 6b **19
239The Niblicknone 5b ***506
240Niblick Direct Startnone 5c ***22
241Pincenibnone 6a *21
242Pince Nez
none 4c 2
243Pinch Aretenone 5b ***37
244Wellington's chimneynone 3c 24
245Wellington's Nose
none 3b **98
246Lady Janenone 5c 3
none 4b 1
248Sabre Crack
none 4b 31
249Kicksnone 6b 1
250Wellington Bootnone 6b 2
251Belts and Braces
none 5b *57
none 3b **23
none 2b *19
 **Squat Tower Area** 
255Wildcat Wall
none 5c 42
256Woodside Blossom
none 6a 17
257Deadwood Crack
none 4c *330
258Toeing the Line
none 4a *76
259Tame Variant
none 2b 210
260Tame Corner
none 2a *63
261Stagnone 5c 33
262The Vicenone 4c **377
none 6a *68
264Handvicenone 6a 32
265Victorianone 5c 5
266The Clampnone 5c 4
267Rhapsody Inside a Satsumanone 5b 5
268Corridor Routenone 4a 24
269Birch Nosenone 5b 19
 **Reach for the Sky** 
271Fat and Middle-agednone 6a  
272Knight's Gambitnone 5b 3
273Knight's Movenone 5c 6
274Skin Jobnone 6b *2
275Reach for the Skynone 6a 1
 **Square Boulder** 
277Square Boulder Aretef6A *3
278The Stomach TraverseVB **2
279Square Boulder Layawaysf6A+ 3
 **Set Square Arete Area** 
281Set Square Arete
none 5b *84
282Sandbagnone 5c  
283Sunshine Crack
none 4c **216
284The Knamnone 6a *15
285The Manknone 6a *33
286Dr. Pepper
none 6b **1
287Piecemeal Wall
none 5c **55
288Karen's Kondom
none 6b 10
289The Chimney
none 2b **113
290Chimney and Traversenone 3a 17
291Ericnone 6a 11
292Reverse Traverse
none 5c 43
293Two-Toed Sloth
none 5a *255
294Tab Chimneynone 2a 11
295Soft Rock-ernone 5c 8
296Arustunone 5c  
297Agent Orangenone 5a 1
 **Isolated Buttress** 
299North-West Cornernone 5c **122
300Wooly Bearnone 6c **61
301West Wallnone 5c ***168
302South-West Cornernone 6a **52
303Apple Crumblenone 5b **12
304Isolated Buttress Climbnone 4c ***450
305Isolated Buttress Climb Direct Startnone 5b 86
306Edward's Wall
none 5c 69
307Edwards's Effort
none 6a *102
308Diversionnone 5c *150
309Birchden Wallnone 5b ***349
310Halibut Gibletsnone 5c *15
311Birchden Cornernone 5c ***259
312Frank's Arete / South East Cornernone 5c **11
313Crowborough Cornernone 5c **188
314Mr Spacemannone 6a **23
315Wailing Wallnone 5c **217
316Wailing Eliminatenone 6b 5
317Boysen's Aretenone 6a *90
318Boulder Bridge Route
none 2b ***53
319High Traverse
none 5c **2
320Girdle Traverse
none 5a *11
321Powder Fingernone 6b 3
322Green Fingers
none 5c *22
323Krypton Factornone 6b  
324Bloody Fingersnone 6a 1
325Bloody Staircasenone 6b  
326Plumb Linenone 5c 1
 **Jagger Area** 
328Gall Stone
none 6a 1
329Jaggernone 5b 15
330Ear-ringnone 5c 1
331Big Cave Route 2
none 2a *27
332Big Cave Route 1
none 2b **58
333Smith's Traverse
none 2a **28
334Right Under Your Nose
none 5b 3
335Baldrick's Boulderdashnone 5b 12
 **Spider Wall Area** 
337Forget- Me -Notnone 6a 59
338Second Chancenone 6a *31
339Last Chancenone 5c *59
340Spider Wallnone 5b **242
341Cave Wallnone 5c *93
342Crack and Cave
none 4a **334
343Grant's Wall
none 6a 20
344Tiptoe Through the Lichennone 6b  
345Grant's Groove
none 6a *48
346Grant's Crack
none 5a **240
none 4b *23
348Thingamywobsnone 5b 47
349Whatsanamenone 5b 17
 **Garden Slab Area** 
351Purple Nastynone 6b  
352Little Cousinnone 5a  
353Rum and Ribenanone 4b 7
354Rum and Cokenone 5b 1
355Bovver Bootnone 5c  
356Cunning Stuntsnone 5b 1
357Cabbage Patch Bluesnone 5c  
358Back Passagenone 3a 7
359Tiptoe Thru the Tulipsnone 5b 4
360Biceps Buttressnone 5c 7
361Finger Poppernone 6b  
362Crucifixnone 5c *5
363Scout Chimney Left
none 2a 12
364L.H.T.none 5c  
365Scout Chimney Right
none 1a 17
366Garden Slab Leftnone 5a *18
367Garden Slab Right
none 5a *8
368Muscle Cracknone 6a *10
369Hector's Housenone 6b  
370Cornernone 6a 2
371Magic Wallnone 6b  
372Philippanone 6a ***47
none 5c *61
 The Beach End + Unclimbed Wall Area 
375Half-Crown Corner
none 5b *97
376Wander at Leisurenone 5a *138
377Birch Tree Crack
none 4a *216
378Birch Tree Variationsnone 6a 34
379Birch Tree Wallnone 4c 170
380Tree Rootnone 1a 22
381Stalactitef6A *12
382Skid Marxf6B+ *4
383The Scoopnone 5c *164
384Scoop Aretenone 6a *14
385Easy Cleft Left
none 2a 74
386Demons of Death (Sit Start)f6C 4
387Pull Overnone 5c 73
388Right hand sit start (to Pullover)f7A *1
389Easy Cleft Right
none 3a *152
390Short Traversenone 1b 2
391Senarranone 5a *330
392Hell Wallnone 5a **514
393Charon's Chimneynone 3a *146
394Baskervillenone 6a *72
395Far Leftnone 5c **292
396My Dear Watsonnone 5c 51
397Elementarynone 5c **321
398Dennis the menacenone 6c 5
399Desperate Dannone 6a **71
400Unclimbed Wall Direct Finishnone 6a *47
401Unclimbed Wallnone 5b ***585
402Wizzards Progressnone 5c 18
403Unclimbed Wall Direct Start/Finish (Wizzard's Shuffle)none 6a *89
404Unclimbed Wall - Direct Startnone 5c ***116
405jingo wobblynone 6b 23
406Right Unclimbednone 6a *117
407Isometric Chimneynone 1a 60
408Sunraynone 5a 35
409Eliminatenone 6a 6
410Solsticenone 5c **95
411Bulging Wall/Zig Nosenone 5c *267
412Zig-Zag Variationsnone 5b 32
413Zig-Zag Wallnone 5a ***505
414Todd's Traverse (Boundary Wall Traverse)
none 5a *11
415Riftnone 5c *133
416Smartnone 5c 15
417Witches Broomsticknone 5c 37
418Maxnone 6a 6
419Neutralnone 6a 4
420Stubblenone 6b 1
421Meat Cleavernone 6a *2
 location unclear... insufficient info/description incomplete 
423Wanderfallf3+ **15
424Don Juanderf4+ *5
425Minnie the Minxnone 6a *2
426Zac Loftusnone 4c 1
 SS Bouldering Guide Numbered Routes 
428Weeping Slab
none 5a 1
429Nose Finish
none 6a 1
430Long Reach
none 5a 2
431Bouncy Castle
none 5c 1
432Butterfly Traverse
none 2b 2
433Bolder Route
none 5b 1
434The Stag *4c *1
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