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Summary

A notable example of a periglacial tor landform developed in rocks of the Tunbridge Wells Sand Formation

Description

Harrison's Rocks is a sandstone crag approximately 1.5 kilometres south of the village of Groombridge in the county of East Sussex. It is the largest of the cluster of local outcrops known by climbers as Southern Sandstone.

Access issues

Harrison's Rocks is owned by climbers and is managed on their behalf by the British Mountaineering Council with funding from the English Sports Council. Car Parking is Pay and Display. If approaching from the train station, do not trespass the private property to get to zig-zag wall, instead follow the path to the left.

Approach

If driving, follow signs to the car park and take the obvious path from there. It takes you to the north end of the crag. Alternatively, one can walk or cycle form Eridge train station. Coming out of the station, turn right and right again onto Forge Road. Follow that road until there is a rail crossing on your right (1 mile). Cross the rail line and follow that path to the end, then turn LEFT. Do not go straight ahead over the fence, as that is private property.

Where to stay

There is campsite at Harrison's Rocks. Campsite and Car park open year round. Car park is now pay and display Cars £1/hour, £4/day, £6/24 hours or yearly pass available at forestry commission website. Coach: £3/hour, £10/day Camping: £5/person per night Check these sites for updates:

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pass

http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=57

http://www.southernsandstoneclimbs.co.uk

Ethic

The Sandstone is very soft -- leading is not allowed. Most climbs are top-roped, and ropes should be extended over the edge and set up in a way such as to minimize the wear on the rock. Top-out and down-climb is preferred to lowering. Abseiling is, also, forbidden.

More details: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/southern-sandstone-guidelines https://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmcNews/media/u_content/File/access_conservation/access_publications/Sandstone%20Code%20of%20Practice.pdf

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