Rock climbing courses on the Southern Sandstone

Southern Sandstone

Short, sweet and close to London, this is the relaxing climbing venue you can enjoy in a comfortable day trip from the big smoke. The friction here is hard to find but that’s all part of the fun, since learning to climb on the Sandstone is an excellent way to improve your technique and work on your body position. The top-ropes are usually easy to set up and you can quickly become independent climbers here. With rock formations making weird shapes and beautiful honeycomb textures, there are also heaps of bluebells in the spring time and the wonderful woodland setting gives a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

Harrison’s Rocks is a summer suntrap full of excellent climbs in a fine setting, the best parts being around The North Boulder, The Luncheon Shelf, The Fallen Tree, The Niblick, Isolated Buttress and Unclimbed Wall. Bowles also has many quality routes, tending to offer the cleanest and hardest rock in the area, whilst High Rocks are the highest in the region and home to a great collection of hard climbs and boulder problems.

photo: Paul Boggis
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