A majestic sandstone rock outcrop among mixed woodland
|It comes as a surprise to many that there are
substantial cliffs tucked away in the woodlands of the High Weald of East
Sussex. Giant boulders some ten metres high greet the visitor to Eridge
Rocks. These rocks are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest
due to the community of plants growing on them, but they have their own
135 million year old interest owing to a variety of weathering effects upon
the crust that encloses a soft moist core. Explore a little further and
you will find that this stony projection extends for some 600 metres, its
shady nooks, deep fissures, and giant bastions are topped with ancient and
gnarled beech, yew and holly.
What you can see
Cretaceous sandstone outcrop, rare mosses, liverworts and ferns, bluebells
and woodland birds.
Eridge Rocks is located in Eridge Green, four miles south of Tunbridge Wells. From the A26 turn into Warren Farm Lane whose entrance is next to a small church. Continue up the private track to a small car park. There is a bus stop near entrance of lane and there is a car park at the base of the rocks. There is very good access to all 40 hectares of the nature reserve including the rocks, and the going is flat with no stiles or gates.
Climbing on the rocks is dangerous and should only be attempted if you are a properly equipped, experienced climber.
photo Tony Buckwell
Nearby SWT reserves