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** 
2Groovy Graemef5+ 190
3letterboxf5 128
4Sunset Wallf5+ 110
5Layaway Curef6A 64
6torque wrenchf6B **99
7Finger Flowf7A 10
8original routeV2 56
9West Face Routef5+ **119
10Strong Strugglef6C+ 9
11Papillionf6C **33
12Revef6B 24
13back breakerf6C **14
14Full on Flingf6A+ 5
15The SheriffV5 ***62
16Silver Starf6A 55
17Triggerf5 **114
18Ok Corralnone 3a *155
f6A 53
20Ziggyf6A 20
21Red Riverf6A+ 19
22Pianof6A 6
23Alligator snatchf6B 35
24south island surpriseV0 4
25Serendipitynone 5c *4
26Demons of Deathnone 6a 9
27Special Invitationnone 6b  
28The Violent Spratnone 6b  
29North boulder girdle traversef6B+ **4
 **Start of Main Crag** 
31The Ramp
none 2b 40
32DJ face the musicV2 7
33Central Routenone 3a 42
34Usurernone 3a 17
35Trees are greenV0+ 10
36Photinianone 6a 2
37Teddy Bear's Picnicnone 6a 1
38New Hatnone 6a 1
39Central Groovenone 5b *14
40Dynamonone 5c *6
41Usurpernone 5b *13
 **Kukri Wall Area** 
43Penknifenone 5a 7
44Breadknife Buttress
none 4b 19
45Kukri Wall
none 3b 37
46Kukri Wall Directnone 4c 19
 **Singlet Area** 
48Laraletmenone 5b 3
none 5b 56
50Twigletnone 6b 9
none 4b *166
52Singletnone 5b 17
none 3a 68
54Deep Thoughtnone 6a 8
55Donnone 2a 83
none 5c 18
57Elasticnone 5c 22
58Tight Chimney
none 3a 67
59Tight Chimney Slabnone 4b 41
60Sullivans Stake
none 5c 4
61Gilbert's Gamblenone 4b 61
62Ejectornone 4a *147
63Sand Pipernone 6a 14
64Shyttenone 6b 1
65Trip of the psychedelic tortoisenone 6a 8
66Carreranone 5b *115
67Open Chimneynone 2b *182
68Cottonsocks Traversenone 4b *96
69Root Route 3none 5b 84
70Root Route 2.75none 4c 12
71Root Route 2.5none 5b 68
72Root Route 2none 6a 63
73Root Route 1 1/2none 5a 103
74Root Route 1none 4a 139
75Blackeye Wallnone 5c 25
76Slanting Cracknone 5c *19
77Counterfeitnone 5c *37
78Right-hand Cracknone 4a *66
 **Sliding Corner Area** 
80Smear Campaign
none 5c 3
81Corridor of Uncertaintynone 6b  
82Sticky Wicketnone 5c 2
83rotten stump wall
none 5c 16
84rotten stump arete
none 6a 5
85Sliding Cornernone 5b *47
86Awkward Cracknone 6a 6
87Easy Chimneynone 1b 17
88Fingernail Cracknone 1b 73
89Dinosaurusnone 5c 10
none 5c 11
91Smiliodon (direct)
none 6a 2
92Tomcat / Simon's Wallnone 5c 33
93Panther's Wallnone 6a *16
none 5b 50
95Snout Crack
none 3b *94
96Mantelpiecenone 5c 4
97Beech Cornernone 3a 11
 **Hangover Area** 
99Blue Peter
none 5c *48
100Blue Murder
none 6b *10
101Slab (a.k.a. Diabollickal Crack)none 5a 203
102Slab Directnone 5b **288
103Slab Crack
none 5b *43
104Lager Frenzy
none 6c *3
105Lager Shandynone 6b *2
106Celestial's Reach
none 6a *2
107Hangover IInone 6a 16
108Hangover IIInone 6a ***120
109Hangover Right HandV6 **4
110Luncheon Shelfnone 5c *39
111Long Laybacknone 5a ***582
112The Flakes
none 6a ***133
113Flakes Direct
none 6a *25
114Coronation Cracknone 6a **47
115Supernaturalnone 6b **2
116The Limpetnone 6b **8
117Vampire's Ledgenone 5c **4
 **Bow Window Area** 
119Dark Chimney
none 2a ***310
120Dark Chimney Buttress
none 5a *113
121Nut Treenone 6b *12
122Icarusnone 6a 5
123Spout Buttressnone 5c *78
124Spout Crossing
none 5b *151
125Windowside Spoutnone 3b *170
126Casement Wall
none 5b *101
none 5b *257
128Bow Windownone 4a **553
129Bow Window Directnone 5c *50
130Finger Stainnone 5c *92
131Sashcord Cracknone 4a *391
132Big cracknone 4c *72
133Neighboursnone 6b 2
134Way Downnone 1a 51
 Archer's Wall Area 
136Quarterdomenone 5b ***61
137yosemite big wall climbnone 5b *22
138Giant's Staircase
none 2a 127
139Lost Arrow Wall
none 4b *32
140Arrow Crack
none 2a 85
141Gardener's Question Time
none 6a 10
142Longbow Chimney
none 2a 45
143Gristnone 6a 2
144Quivernone 5c *83
145That Man's an Animalnone 6b 1
146Toxophilitenone 5c *52
147Little Sagittariusnone 5c *54
148Sagittariusnone 5a **146
149Archers Wall Directnone 5c *28
150Archer's Wall
none 5c *40
151Stupid Effortnone 5b *97
152Long Cracknone 4b **196
153Riverdancenone 6a  
154What Crisis?none 6c **11
155Slim Finger Cracknone 5c ***155
156Vulture Cracknone 5c **38
157Missing Linknone 6a **2
158The Stingnone 6a 8
159Marcus's Aretenone 6a 2
 **Giant's Ear Area** 
161Horizontal Birchnone 3a 19
162Jumping Jack Flashnone 6b  
163Downfallnone 4b 8
164Pig tail slabnone 2a *11
165Left Edge
none 2b *85
166Original Route
none 2a 80
167Big Toe Wallnone 3b 33
168Greasy Cracknone 4a 76
169Directorsnone 5c 3
170Giant's Ear
none 5a *92
171Junend Aretenone 3c 20
172Happy Days
none 3b 22
173Snake's Crawlnone 1a 11
174Little Cave
none 2a 12
175Signalbox Arete
none 5b *21
176Mountain Railwaynone 4b 5
177Sinner's Wall
none 3a 1
178Saint's Wall
none 5c 14
179A Killling Jokef7A 3
180Left Circle
none 6a 18
181Right Circle
none 4a **212
182Bloody Sundaynone 5c 6
183good fridaynone 5c 38
184Small Chimneynone 2b 170
185small wallnone 5b 60
186Reserved /Goats Head Soupnone 5b 11
187Long Stretchnone 5b 2
188Coffin Corner
none 4c 6
189Goats Do Roamnone 6a **15
190St. Gotthard
none 4b **46
f3+ 3
192Hard furka
f4+ 3
193Grimy Grimself4+ 6
194Eigahhhhhhf5+ 6
195Yound Frauf6A **4
196Hachoo Hornf5 4
f3 7
198Simplon Route
none 4a *25
199The Sandpipe
none 4b *18
200The Sewernone 4c *17
201Sewer Wallnone 5c  
202Sewer-Rowan Connection
none 5b 1
203Monkey's Necklace
none 5b ***9
204Powder Monkey
none 6b *2
none 5c **43
206Baboonnone 6a 1
207Oliver James
none 6b **2
208Monkey's Bow
none 6a *4
209Moonlight Arete
none 4c ***329
none 4c **223
211Matt's Fingertipnone 5a 3
none 6c * 
213Araldite Wallnone 5c  
214Easy Cleftsnone 1b 2
215Noisome Cleft No. 2none 3a 2
216Noisome Wallnone 5b  
217Boxing Day Cracker
none 1b 3
218Noisome Cleft No. 1none 3a 1
219One-Two Traversenone 5a  
 **Wellington's Block Area** 
221Passage Chimneynone 2a 2
222Forester's Wall Direct
none 6a *12
223Indian Summer
none 6a *6
224Forester's Wall
none 5b **111
none 5c *53
none 6a ***70
227The Republic
none 6b **23
228The Niblicknone 5b ***493
229Niblick Direct Startnone 5c ***20
230Pincenibnone 6a *20
231Pince Nez
none 4c 1
232Pinch Aretenone 5b ***36
233Wellington's chimneynone 3c 20
234Wellington's Nose
none 3b **101
235Lady Janenone 5c 2
none 4b 1
237Sabre Crack
none 4b 28
238Kicksnone 6b 1
239Wellington Bootnone 6b 1
240Belts and Braces
none 5b *53
none 3b **23
none 2b *18
 **Squat Tower Area** 
244Wildcat Wall
none 5c 38
245Woodside Blossom
none 6a 15
246Deadwood Crack
none 4c *316
247Toeing the Line
none 4a *71
248Tame Variant
none 2b 203
249Tame Corner
none 2a *60
250Stagnone 5c 29
251The Vicenone 4c **355
none 6a *63
253Handvicenone 6a 30
254Victorianone 5c 5
255The Clampnone 5c 4
256Rhapsody Inside a Satsumanone 5b 5
257Corridor Routenone 4a 22
258Birch Nosenone 5b 18
 **Reach for the Sky** 
260Fat and Middle-agednone 6a  
261Knight's Gambitnone 5b 3
262Knight's Movenone 5c 5
263Skin Jobnone 6b *2
264Reach for the Skynone 6a 1
 **Square Boulder** 
266Square Boulder Aretef6A *3
267The Stomach TraverseVB **2
268Square Boulder Layawaysf6A+ 3
 **Set Square Arete Area** 
270Set Square Arete
none 5b *81
271Sandbagnone 5c  
272Sunshine Crack
none 4c **203
273The Knamnone 6a *16
274The Manknone 6a *31
275Dr. Pepper
none 6b **1
276Piecemeal Wall
none 5c **53
277Karen's Kondom
none 6b 10
278The Chimney
none 2b **104
279Chimney and Traversenone 3a 19
280Ericnone 6a 10
281Reverse Traverse
none 5c 41
282Two-Toed Sloth
none 5a *245
283Tab Chimneynone 2a 10
284Soft Rock-ernone 5c 6
285Arustunone 5c  
286Agent Orangenone 5a 1
 **Isolated Buttress** 
288North-West Cornernone 5c **118
289Wooly Bearnone 6c **58
290West Wallnone 5c ***165
291South-West Cornernone 6a **53
292Apple Crumblenone 5b **12
293Isolated Buttress Climbnone 4c ***439
294Isolated Buttress Climb Direct Startnone 5b 82
295Edward's Wall
none 5c 68
296Edwards's Effort
none 6a *98
297Diversionnone 5c *143
298Birchden Wallnone 5b ***341
299Halibut Gibletsnone 5c *15
300Birchden Cornernone 5c ***253
301Frank's Arete / South East Cornernone 5c **10
302Crowborough Cornernone 5c **182
303Mr Spacemannone 6a **22
304Wailing Wallnone 5c **209
305Wailing Eliminatenone 6b 5
306Boysen's Aretenone 6a *84
307Boulder Bridge Route
none 2b ***51
308High Traverse
none 5c **1
309Girdle Traverse
none 5a *11
310Powder Fingernone 6b 3
311Green Fingers
none 5c *21
312Krypton Factornone 6b  
313Bloody Fingersnone 6a 1
314Bloody Staircasenone 6b  
315Plumb Linenone 5c 1
 **Jagger Area** 
317Gall Stone
none 6a 1
318Jaggernone 5b 14
319Ear-ringnone 5c 1
320Big Cave Route 2
none 2a *27
321Big Cave Route 1
none 2b **59
322Smith's Traverse
none 2a **25
323Right Under Your Nose
none 5b 3
324Baldrick's Boulderdashnone 5b 12
 **Spider Wall Area** 
326Forget- Me -Notnone 6a 53
327Second Chancenone 6a *27
328Last Chancenone 5c *51
329Spider Wallnone 5b **229
330Cave Wallnone 5c *89
331Crack and Cave
none 4a **315
332Grant's Wall
none 6a 17
333Tiptoe Through the Lichennone 6b  
334Grant's Groove
none 6a *43
335Grant's Crack
none 5a **226
none 4b *19
337Thingamywobsnone 5b 38
338Whatsanamenone 5b 13
 **Garden Slab Area** 
340Purple Nastynone 6b  
341Little Cousinnone 5a  
342Rum and Ribenanone 4b 6
343Rum and Cokenone 5b 1
344Bovver Bootnone 5c  
345Cunning Stuntsnone 5b 1
346Cabbage Patch Bluesnone 5c  
347Back Passagenone 3a 7
348Tiptoe Thru the Tulipsnone 5b 4
349Biceps Buttressnone 5c 7
350Finger Poppernone 6b  
351Crucifixnone 5c *5
352Scout Chimney Left
none 2a 12
353L.H.T.none 5c  
354Scout Chimney Right
none 1a 17
355Garden Slab Leftnone 5a *17
356Garden Slab Right
none 5a *8
357Muscle Cracknone 6a *10
358Hector's Housenone 6b  
359Cornernone 6a 2
360Magic Wallnone 6b  
361Philippanone 6a ***43
none 5c *60
 **The Beach End** 
364Half-Crown Corner
none 5b *93
365Wander at Leisurenone 5a *133
366Birch Tree Crack
none 4a *204
367Birch Tree Variationsnone 6a 34
368Birch Tree Wallnone 4c 158
369Tree Rootnone 1a 21
370Stalactitef6A *11
371Skid Marxf6B+ *3
372The Scoopnone 5c *157
373Scoop Aretenone 6a *13
374Easy Cleft Left
none 2a 75
375Demons of Death (Sit Start)f6C 4
376Pull Overnone 5c 71
377Right hand sit start (to Pullover)f7A *1
378Easy Cleft Right
none 3a *151
379Short Traversenone 1b 2
380Senarranone 5a *318
381Hell Wallnone 5a **491
382Charon's Chimneynone 3a *135
383Baskervillenone 6a *71
384Far Leftnone 5c **278
385My Dear Watsonnone 5c 48
386Elementarynone 5c **309
387Dennis the menacenone 6c 7
388Desperate Dannone 6a **70
389Unclimbed Wall Direct Finishnone 6a *44
390Unclimbed Wallnone 5b ***561
391Wizzards Progressnone 5c 15
392Unclimbed Wall Direct Start/Finish (Wizzard's Shuffle)none 6a *84
393Unclimbed Wall - Direct Startnone 5c ***109
394jingo wobblynone 6b 24
395Right Unclimbednone 6a *112
396Isometric Chimneynone 1a 56
397Sunraynone 5a 35
398Eliminatenone 6a 6
399Solsticenone 5c **90
400Bulging Wall/Zig Nosenone 5c *258
401Zig-Zag Variationsnone 5b 32
402Zig-Zag Wallnone 5a ***483
403Todd's Traverse (Boundary Wall Traverse)
none 5a *10
404Riftnone 5c *129
405Smartnone 5c 12
406Witches Broomsticknone 5c 37
407Maxnone 6a 6
408Neutralnone 6a 4
409Stubblenone 6b 1
410Meat Cleavernone 6a *2
 location unclear... insufficient info/description incomplete 
412Wanderfallf3+ **11
413Don Juanderf4+ *5
414Minnie the Minxnone 6a *2
415Zac Loftusnone 4c 1
 SS Bouldering Guide Numbered Routes 
417Route 26 at Harrison's
V0 1
418Route 48 at Harrison's
V0 1
419Weeping Slab
none 5a 1
420Nose Finish
none 6a 1
421Long Reach
none 5a 2
422Bouncy Castle
none 5c 1
423Butterfly Traverse
none 2b 2
424Bolder Route
none 5b 1

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