COVID-19

As the Covid-19 lockdown eases, access for climbing is opening back up, subject to some measures and restrictions depending on where you are going. Please make sure you have read and understood our current advice before heading out and apply it alongside RAD advice to ensure access issues don’t develop.

Eridge Green Rocks

Southern Sandstone

User attention

A TEMPORARY RESTRICTION IS CURRENTLY IN PLACE FOR THE WHOLE OF ERIDGE ROCKS - SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS. from 16/07/2020

Most of the outcrop lies within a SSSI and nature reserve owned by The Sussex Wildlife Trust and the crag holds many harder lines, although quality easy routes can still be found.

Crag information
Climbing Area: London & South East Rock Type: Sandstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Wildlife Trust No. of Routes: 228
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1942
Grid Reference: TQ555356

Unprecedented numbers have been climbing at Eridge during the Covid-19 crisis, resulting in considerable and accelerated wear to the fragile rock on many parts of the crag. As a result, the difficult decision has been taken to temporarily restrict climbing access to the whole crag to allow time for the rock to stabilise.

We hope to be able to speed up this process with hold repair methods used on other sandstone crags, but given the rare botany and SSSI status of the site, this needs approval by the landowner, Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT), and Natural England. Please bear with us while discussions are ongoing, and help demonstrate to SWT that climbers are responsible users by climbing elsewhere for the time being – future access to this crag depends on our individual actions and responsible behaviour now.

The restriction will be constantly reviewed and we hope to lift it as soon as the damaged holds can be stabilised. Any updates to the restriction will be posted on this page and on site signage as soon as the situation changes.

Parking and Approach

The main car park is off Warren Farm Lane - if this car park is full do not park on the lane as this will block access to farm machinery.

An alternative parking area is in the layby on the A26, approximately 1km south of Warren Farm Lane.

Group Advice

Climbing by organised groups is not permitted.

Area information

Follow this link for the definitive Code of Practice for climbing on southern sandstone; https://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmcNews/media/u_content/File/access_conservation/southern_sandstone/ssc05_print.pdf

Weather Information

Guidebook info currently being updated

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