Sandford Snow Leopard. © deepstar
Brutal scene of extraction, but with some worthwhile lines. Sparsely protected, slab climbs, usually bold, on generally sound rock although there are a few better protected routes as well. Single-pitch to 35 metres.
Best time to visit is on sunny summer evenings.
Approach via the A38 southbound from Bristol; turn right onto the A368 Weston-super-Mare road at traffic lights in the village of Churchill. Follow the A368 for two miles, turning left towards Wiscombe at Sandford Church. The quarry is reached on the left after half a mile. Adjacent to the main entrance is Quarry Road. Access to the First Lift, where all of the climbs are located, is via a rough track 100 yards along this on the left. The track may be gated, in which case cars are best left at the entrance.
Access for climbing has been banned here in the past. However, following recent negotiations with Mendip Outdoor Pursuits, (the company who lease the quarry), climbing access is now allowed on the following basis:
Climbers must obtain a key by visiting the MOP offices situated at the ski slope (very close to the quarry): Lyncombe Drive, Churchill, North Somerset, BS25 5PQ. Phone 01934 834 877 and is open 9am-8pm weekdays and 9am-6pm weekends. The key must be returned once you finish climbing. Should the office be closed please post the key through the letterbox.
MOP will fund a supply of keys but if too many are not returned or lost this could jeopardize the agreement.
Climbers must not hinder MOP’s commercial activities within the quarry.
MOP reserve the right to remove loose rock and place fixed equipment as required by their commercial operations.
Commercial organisations must discuss access with MOP prior to visiting the quarry.
Although it is relatively easy to enter the quarry without a key it is essential that any groups visiting the quarry adhere to the agreement outlined above.