Summer Season Climbing Conditions

  • Clean feet using towels or mats before any foot contact with the rock is essential. 

  • Avoid climbing on wet rock – It can cause irreversible damage. Rock will usually take multiple days of dry weather to become fully dry.

  • If you are unsure, leave climbing for another day. It might be frustrating to travel only to find the crag isn’t in condition, but we all need to have the long term sustainability of the crags in mind. Once holds are snapped or damaged, they cannot be replaced.

  • Always follow the guidance in the Sandstone Code of Practice to ensure you have an enjoyable climb and do your bit to protect these amazing but fragile sandstone crags.

Crags With Access Restrictions At Present

Crag/Rocks - Summer Season
Campsite - Closed
Toilet Facilities - Open 8am - 10pm
Carpark - Open 8am - 10pm

Crag/Rocks Open as of August 1st 2021

Crag/Rock - There have been access problems in 2021 due to parking and litter, please park well away from the house and remove all litter from the crag and path leading to it.

Crag/Rocks - No climbing until further notice.

19.07.2021 - Government Restrictions Lifted
The Government lifted restrictions but encourage caution.  

03.04.2021 - Bowles Rocks Restricted Opening.
Crags can be visited via day trip travel from your home. 

29.03.2021 - Day trip travel permitted
Crags can be visited via day trip travel from your home. 

05.01.2021 - Lockdown 3
Crags can only be visited if dry and within your local area.

04.12.2020 - Winter Season
Climbing suspension lifted on the 2.12.2020 on most Southern Sandstone outcrops. Winter Season enabled.

10.11.2020 - Southern Sandstone Climbing Suspension
New climbing suspension on all Southern Sandstone outcrops.

05.11.2020 - Lockdown 2
New restrictions on travel and climbing destinations for a 4 week period.

14.10.2020 - Harrison's Campsite Closure and Winter Carpark Times (25.10.2020) 
Carpark now on Winter Hours and Campsite continue to be closed.

19.09.2020 - Bowles Rocks - All Day Weekend Climbing
From the 19th September 2020 daytime weekend climbing is permitted. They will also be selling season tickets onsite from this week. This is alongside the rocks being open 5pm to dusk every weeknight.

12.08.2020 - High Rocks - Access Update
Climbing at High Rocks has resumed with specific rules in effect. Ensure you read all access information.

16.07.2020 - No Climbing at Eridge Rocks Until Further Notice
There is now a temporary suspension of all forms of climbing at Eridge.

25.06.2020 - No Climbing at Bassett's Farm Until Further Notice
We are asking all climbers to not climb at Bassett's Farm until further notice.

12.06.2020 - Evening Climbing Only - Bowles Rocks
Bowles is now permitting evening climbing only between 17:30 and 21:00 only.

26.05.2020 - Harrison's Rocks Carpark Update
As of Tuesday 26th May 2020 the carpark and toilet facilities at Harrison's Rocks will be open from 8am to 10pm. Camping is still closed. 
More information can be found here.

22.05.2020 - Bank Holiday Weekend 23rd, 24th, 25th May 2020
We are expecting high numbers of climbers in the area this weekend.  Issues with Parking.
More information can be found here

13.05.2020 - Climbing Suspension Lifted 
The Climbing Suspension has now been lifted on Southern Sandstone Outcrops though Bowles Rocks remains closed.

10.05.2020 - Post Prime Minister Update 
Please note that the BMC will advise if climbing is permitted. At this time, climbing is still suspended on all Southern Sandstone crags and all facilities remain closed.

23.03.2020 - Climbing Suspension
All climbing activities on Southern Sandstone are suspended as of 23.03.2020. Do not climb until further notice.

The BMC 29th March 2021 advice.
It is vital that all climbers adhere to the recommendations given and that social distancing should still be followed.