The crag is owned and held on behalf of climbers by the Sport England and is managed by the BMC (through the Harrison’s Rocks Management Group) with the specific intention of maintaining permanent open access for climbing. The very south end of the Rocks is on private land and is fenced off – this covers climbes from Holly Tree Chimney to South Boulder (Climbs Nos 330 to 334 in the 1995 Southern Sandstone Guidebook).
Please observe the Southern Sandstone Code of Conduct and any notices on the notice board in the car park and at the crag.
The specific elements of the Code relating to Harrison’s Rocks are as follows:
a) Please approach the crag from the Groombridge entrance. The speed limit on the approach road and in the car-park is 15mph. Park in the car-park and do not obstruct the access road. Driving along the Forestry Commission track from the car-park to the Rocks is not permitted.
b) There are two approaches from the car-park. The lower path, which starts below the toilets, is recommended, as this will minimise ground erosion.
c) Please leave a donation towards the upkeep of the Rocks, car-park and facilities on your way out. £1 per vehicle is suggested.
d) Visitors needing advice should contact the Harrison’s Rocks Warden, Chris Tullis, on 01892 863659, mobile 07818 060867, or write to him at Dower House Mews, Leyswood, Groombridge, East Sussex TN3 9PH.
e) Disabled climbers and those responsible for disabled or special needs groups are recommended to contact the Warden, who has extensive experience of such matters, before their first visit.
The crag is very popular (estimated usage 15,000 climber visits p.a.), erosion is a constant problem, and has recently been the subject of extensive repair works.
BMC Sandstone Open Meetings are held each year, usually in May and at the Junction in Groombridge (see Harrison’s Notice Board, the climbing press etc for details). These provide the opportunity for climbers to raise any questions as to the arrangements and practices at the Rocks and other sandstone outcrops and to comment on work done during the year.
There is a campsite adjacent to the car park, which is run by the Sandstone Climbing Club and is managed by Chris Tullis.
(Courtesy - BMC)
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