Climbs 344
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 109m a.s.l
Faces S

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On the girdle traverse, Bowles Rocks © John Stainforth

Crag features


Daytime climbing is now permitted at weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). 
Monday to Friday climbing is evening climbing only between 17.00 and 21:00. No climbing is permitted during the day weekdays in order to safeguard the day courses which Bowels runs.

Admission is £5 by card. Yearly passes available at the office. The rocks are owned by Bowles Outdoor Pursuits Centre. All funds go to upkeep of the rocks, toilet facilities on site, as well as providing outdoor activities for disadvantaged young people.

Payment by contactless card only.

No climbing on or past the Chalet Slab in order to protect the resident staff. 

All climbers must follow BMC COVID guidelines. People not doing so will be asked to leave. 

Liquid chalk strongly encouraged where possible.

Clean your climbing shoes before you climb - A carpet sample or mat is essential for cleaning your feet before you climb - this significantly reduces wear on the crag.

As with all sandstone crags, arrange a top-rope belay with a non-stretch sling and ensure the Karabiner hangs over the edge of the crag and that your moving rope does not come into contact with the rock.

Do not brush the rock with boulder brushes or toothbrushes. This will wear the rock and damage it, making it even harder to climb. 

Keep your dogs on a lead and do not let them roam. 

Bowles is keen to do more for climbers and any feedback is welcome - email

Approach notes

From the A26 between Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough. The turnoff is about 1km (0.6mi) after Eridge station on the left if going towards Crowborough.


The rocks are about a 1 minute walk from the car park on a tarmac road. 

Access Banned

Bowles Rocks will be closed to the public for the duration of the second lockdown in England (currently scheduled to end on the 2nd December 2020 but it could potentially be extended).

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