Sandford Quarry

Climbs 107 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces ?

Crag features
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.

Access notes
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.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
Avon and Cheddar (2004), Avon and Cheddar (1992)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 WHITE SLAB  
2CreepE1 5a 1
3CrawlerE4 5b/c **1
4Brain DonorE1 5a 2
5Le Poudin NoirE3 5c **12
6Le Poudin Noir DirectE3 5c **2
7Soixante-neufHVS 5a 2
8The RampD 6
9The Ramp Direct.HS 2
 BROKEN BUTTRESS  
11Jez AreteE3 5b 1
12Cardigano!VS 4b 5
13Cardigano! Cardigano!VS 4b. 3
 PINK SLAB  
15HellraiserE4 5b  
16A Vision of HellE3 5b  
17A Date with EternityE2 5a 1
 RED SLAB  
19Gaping GillE4 5c  
20Semantic DeconstructionE1 5b  
21DerelictionE3 5b  
22IsolationE3 5b 1
23DesolationE1 5a  
24GraduatesE3 5b 3
25AnnihilationE2 5c 5
 BLACK SLAB  
27The Italian JobHS 4b 1
28Honky Tonk HighwayHVS 4c 1
29ScarcityHVS 4c 3
30The CrushHVS 4c 2
31E for ExterminationE2 5a 2
32SensationsE2 5a *13
33Shit; What Have I Got Myself Into?!E2 5a 1
34Subvert and SurviveHS 4b *4
35Typically DeepHD 1
 GREY SLAB  
37Regular Boy ScoutE1 5a  
38Handbuilt for SpeedE1 5b 1
39Blow JobE2 5b 8
40Softly SoftlyHVS 4c 16
41PremiereE2 5b 11
42Sponsored byE3 5b 6
43Wo's On?VS 4a 16
44DustHS 25
45...to DustVS 4a 26
46FellatriceHVS 5a  
 OCHRE SLAB  
4861 Today.S 3
49MarigoldVS 4b 3
50The Soft EndHVS 4c 2
51Dead GloveHVS 5b 11
52As Limp as a Wimp on a CrimpE1 5a/b 3
53Anarchists Are ResponsibleVS 4b 2
 LOWER LIFT  
55Hodor.D 14
56Texting on HorsebackHVS 4c 1
57Mucky PupHS 4b 9
58First OffenceE2 5b *13
59Captain BuddleiaHVS 5a 9
60CurvaceousVS 4b 22
61Hotblack DesiartoS 4b 7
62Easy RouteS 4a 9
63DoinnggggHVS 4c 3
64Fridge HidE1 5a 3
65BoinnggggHVS 5a 3
66Don't PanicE1 5b *9
67Panic Ye NotE2 5b *1
68MicrosoftE2 5b *7
69After DarkHVS 5a 6
70Flying ToastersE1 5a 4
71Shot Down in FlamesE2 5c *8
72IconE1 5a 11
73Polished OffE3 5c *11
74Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome HereE3 6a *1
75Eco-lineE1 5c 15
76Semi-redundantE1 5b 6
77MindwarpE2 5c 2
78MysteryE1 5b 2
79All Over Easy.HS 4b 4
80Death by Concrete.HVS 4b. 2
81Tory Elimination Plan 1VS 4b 1
82Seth's First School DayE1 5b 2
83Breakfast at Milliways.VS 5b 5
84The Big Bang Burger BarHS 4b 18
85CJD.VS 5c. 2
86ScrapieHVS 5a  
87BSEE1 5c  
88Whip U for PleasureHVS 4c  
89BracketsHVS 5a 23
90A Pensionable QuestionHVS 5a 4
91Sandford Levvy Auxiliary Unit PatrolHVS 4c 1
92Black as the Ace of Spades and Twice as TrickyE2 5a 5
93Bonus in RetirementE1 5a 3
94King Of Sandford HillHVS 5a **2
95Kill CameronE1 5a 4
96FinettaVS 4c *3
97Designed to KillHVS 4c 2
98Emily's Six TomorrowE4 5c * 
99A Little Peace and QuietE3 5b *2
100Living DangerouslyE1 5a 2
101Matty Martin RIPHVS 5a *3
102Ask the TommyknockersE1 5c 3
103U KnowVS 5a 4
104Ghosts of the PastE2 5c  
 CONCRETE SHELTERS AREA  
106TyrionS 4b 3
107Hot FuzzS 4a 6
108Erectile dysfusionD 1
109Eater Of WorldsHS 4a 2
110Wall Of FleshHS 4a 3
111Who Needs Sex When You've Got Sandford?VS 4c 1
112No petite mort at the end of the dayS 4a 2
 SUNNYSIDE  
114Sunny side descentM 1
115The Weston WarriorE1 5b *3
116Captain SeedyE1 5b *2
117The Quartz Bicycle.XS 4c  
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Sampled a selection of the newer routes to the right of the lower lift today. Caution required near with the top of some routes as per any new climbs but all nice climbing, particularly ‘King of sandford hill’. Excellent job on cleaning and gearing. Much appreciated.
AndThenIWasFlying - 12/Jun/15
6.11.11 I cleaned the bottom of the routes between the jungle and the concrete hut,this opens up the climbs "designed to Kill"through to "Ask the Tommyknockers"care required!
deepstar - 06/Nov/11
The section of the Lower Lift between "Brackets" and "Bonus in Retirement" is now Bramble free,great care still needed 15/9/11.
deepstar - 16/Sep/11
There's something very likeable about this quarry. When you climb the routes here its as though you're the only person to have done them in like 20 years. Which makes it really interesting.
Quarryboy - 15/Sep/11
I have cleaned the bottom of the routes between "Brackets" and "Bonus in Retirement" 15/9/11 great care still needed though.
deepstar - 15/Sep/11
I spent Sunday 21/8/11 clearing the bushes and ivy on the left hand side of the Lower Lift between the routes Icon and Mucky Pup this gives access to over a dozen climbs that havent been climbed for many years.Be carefull though these routes still need cleaning and are very loose.
deepstar - 30/Aug/11
The route "brackets" on the lower lift is a real collectors piece,the protection being a line of pipe holders that look a bit dodgy from below but are in reality quite sound.
deepstar - 13/Aug/10
By the way, its Sandford, not Sanford.
mark Readerman - 02/Apr/04
Hi all, Visited on 30/03/04, there have been major clearance of loose rock on the first major slab on the right, dont know how it affects the climbs yet, it was just a flying visit after a session at cheddar, the ground below it has also been cleared of all of the bushes and trees which untill now made it abit dingy, however, its also open up a little more area for a motor cyclist that also uses the place(anybody got any long drawing pins?). The next slab along also has had its base cleared, not sure why, if they were clearing for climbers the last slab would of been better, perhaps they will are doing all of it and will get there in time, fingers crossed. Mark
Mark Readerman - 02/Apr/04