Half Day Rock Climbing Adventure in Sussex

Rock climbing is the ultimate outdoor sport. Many have fantasised about trying it but put it off because it looks “too hard”. But, with the right instructor by your side and the proper technique, you be able to conquer climbing and get an immense dose of adrenaline pumping.

In this course, we’ll teach you all the essentials of rock climbing: how to tie onto the rope, how to belay, and the basic techniques you’ll need to climb your first outdoor wall. We’ll pick climbing routes that are suitable for your experience. Our instructors are super safety-conscious and will share best practices with you at all times.

Since 2005, we’ve taught hundreds of aspiring climbers how to take their first vertical steps outdoors. We’re passionate about introducing newcomers to the sport in a way that is inclusive, warm and welcoming.

The course takes place at Harrison’s Rocks. It’s a short 45-minute drive from both Brighton and London, making it an ideal spot for a day out: both for the climbing and the scenery.

The extensive sandstone crag offers a whopping 588 routes ranging in style and grade, making Harrison’s Rocks a stand-out crag in the South East and nationally.

On top of its climbing attributes, the location is postcard-perfect and a gorgeous place to spend a day. Nestled in the High Weald AONB, the Bluebell Railway’s steam engine can occasionally be seen puffing away in the background as it makes its way through the lush greenery. There’s plenty to feast your eyes on, both from the top of the crag and while catching your breath between climbs.



March to October



Group Size



Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 18 stone (115kg).


To take your first steps on real rocks and learn the key rock climbing techniques needed to climb safely.

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for first-time climbers, as well as anyone who’s ever tried climbing or bouldering indoors. We’ll provide you with all the equipment you need and teach you the basics of climbing. If you’re looking for something slightly more advanced, we recommend our full-day Introduction to Rock Climbing.


A reasonable level of fitness is required.


Group bookings can be arranged:

£65pp (Group Size 4-6)
£62pp (Group Size 7-8)
£59pp (Group Size 9-10)
£56pp (Group Size 11-12)
£53pp (Group Size 13-15)
£51pp (Group Size 16-18)

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The climbing experience starts with an introduction and safety briefing from our climbing instructors. We then head to the rocks for some warm up bouldering problems. Your instructors will then show you how to fit your climbing harness and helmet. Then comes the techy part as we teach you how to tie your climbing knots and belay each other using group belay methods.

Once the basics are learnt the fun really begins as you scale the 30-40ft rocks! You’ll learn about correct climbing technique and experience some great sandstone climbs at Harrisons rocks.

Skills Covered

  • Safety awareness
  • Knots
  • Group belaying
  • Bouldering
  • Hand and foot techniques
  • Basic climbing techniques
  • Route grades
  • Climbing etiquette

Climbing sessions are run at Harrison's Rocks on the Sussex and Kent border


Equipment supplied

All rock climbing and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Ropes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belaying device and karabiners

Equipment needed

For all outdoor climbing courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Comfortable clothing, suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Trainers**
  • Rucksack
  • Snacks and plenty of water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn.

*Clothing should comprise of several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry.

**Please wear soft-soled shoes such as trainers; you are not permitted to wear walking boots etc. as these damage the rocks. Please remember that the rocks are a short distance from the car park so it's important to put all of your kit in a suitable size rucksack, leaving space for climbing equipment.


Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.