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: August 2018 - Access to High Rocks is currently Suspended. BMC discussions with the landowner are on-going.
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 (price as of 2016) and obtain a ticket/receipt.
Bouldering has not been permitted since (2016). Please respect the no bouldering rule and keep crash pads away from the rocks to avoid any misunderstandings.
High Rocks is the highest of the southern sandstone crags - 12m. offers plenty of classic climbs but more in the mid to high-grade range.
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 the car park is a bit further on the left.
August 2018 update: climbing access to High Rocks is currently suspended. Discusions are ongoing with the landowner - 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: