Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 80m a.s.l
Emma climbing Advertisement Wall at High Rocks © Daimon Beail
Climbing Is Currently Suspended Until Further Notice.
High Rocks is a designated SSSI, National Monument and owned privately by The High Rocks.
BMC Status: June 2018 - Access to High Rocks is currently banned due to an issue with the landowners insurance which the BMC is providing advice and assistance on in an attempt to resolve the insurers concerns. The discussions are on-going - please bear with us whilst we try to negotiate a solution.
When the rocks are open, please follow the below rules:
All climbers should visit the lower bar BEFORE entering the rocks. The rocks are closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays (apart from bank holidays). Arrive before 11:30am or after 5:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to avoid wedding parties. Please also move away from wedding parties when they are in the grounds having their photos taken.
Climbers should pay the £10 entrance fee (2016) and obtain a ticket/receipt. Season ticket holders (£50, 2016) should sign the book. Please DO NOT enter the grounds without a ticket.
Bouldering is currently banned (2016). Discussions to help resolve this situation will take place and are ongoing and will hopefully steer this situation into a more positive direction. Until that time, please respect the no bouldering rule and keep crash pads away from the rocks to avoid any misunderstandings.
The highest of the southern sandstone crags - 12m. Plenty of classic climbs, including the oft-tried Infidel (6a). Lots to keep everyone, including the wandering grockles, amused.
From Tunbridge Wells, take the A264 for East Grinstead; after 2km (1.2mi) on Rusthall Common turn L at signpost to The Beacon and High Rocks: follow down the narrow hill to a 'Y' junction (rocks visible opposite) where a right turn takes you over a railway bridge and to the High Rocks. The crag entrance is on the left and car park a bit further on the left. Please pay (or sign in for season ticket holders) in the lower bar BEFORE entering the grounds.
July 2018 update: access to High Rocks is currently banned due to an issue with the landowners insurance which the BMC is providing advice and assistance on in an attempt to resolve the insurers concerns. These discusions are ongoing - please bear with us whilst we try to negotiate a solution.
Following a number of altercations between climbers/boulderers and the landowner’s staff, access to High Rocks is currently in a very fragile state. A climbers code of conduct has been drawn up by the BMC and should be followed by anyone climbing at the crag in order to prevent access being lost in future: