Sandford Quarry

Climbs 108 – 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.

Approach 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
10Quarrel in the QuarryVS 4c *1
 BROKEN BUTTRESS  
12Jez AreteE3 5b 1
13Cardigano!VS 4b 5
14Cardigano! Cardigano!VS 4b. 3
 PINK SLAB  
16HellraiserE4 5b  
17A Vision of HellE3 5b  
18A Date with EternityE2 5a 1
 RED SLAB  
20Gaping GillE4 5c  
21Semantic DeconstructionE1 5b  
22DerelictionE3 5b  
23IsolationE3 5b 1
24DesolationE1 5a  
25GraduatesE3 5b 3
26AnnihilationE2 5c 5
 BLACK SLAB  
28The Italian JobHS 4b 1
29Honky Tonk HighwayHVS 4c 1
30ScarcityHVS 4c 3
31The CrushHVS 4c 2
32E for ExterminationE2 5a 2
33SensationsE2 5a *13
34Shit; What Have I Got Myself Into?!E2 5a 1
35Subvert and SurviveHS 4b *4
36Typically DeepHD 1
 GREY SLAB  
38Regular Boy ScoutE1 5a  
39Handbuilt for SpeedE1 5b 1
40Blow JobE2 5b 8
41Softly SoftlyHVS 4c 16
42PremiereE2 5b 11
43Sponsored byE3 5b 6
44Wo's On?VS 4a 17
45DustHS 26
46...to DustVS 4a 26
47FellatriceHVS 5a  
 OCHRE SLAB  
4961 Today.S 3
50MarigoldVS 4b 3
51The Soft EndHVS 4c 2
52Dead GloveHVS 5b 11
53As Limp as a Wimp on a CrimpE1 5a/b 3
54Anarchists Are ResponsibleVS 4b 2
 LOWER LIFT  
56Hodor.D 15
57Texting on HorsebackHVS 4c 3
58Mucky PupHS 4b 10
59First OffenceE2 5b *14
60Captain BuddleiaHVS 5a 9
61CurvaceousVS 4b 24
62Hotblack DesiartoS 4b 11
63Easy RouteS 4a 10
64DoinnggggHVS 4c 3
65Fridge HidE1 5a 3
66BoinnggggHVS 5a 3
67Don't PanicE1 5b *10
68Panic Ye NotE2 5b *2
69MicrosoftE2 5b *9
70After DarkHVS 5a 6
71Flying ToastersE1 5a 5
72Shot Down in FlamesE2 5c *9
73IconE1 5a 13
74Polished OffE3 5c *14
75Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome HereE3 6a *4
76Eco-lineE1 5c 19
77Semi-redundantE1 5b 6
78MindwarpE2 5c 2
79MysteryE1 5b 2
80All Over Easy.HS 4b 5
81Death by Concrete.HVS 4b. 2
82Tory Elimination Plan 1VS 4b 1
83Seth's First School DayE1 5b 2
84Breakfast at Milliways.VS 5b 5
85The Big Bang Burger BarHS 4b 21
86CJD.VS 5c. 2
87ScrapieHVS 5a  
88BSEE1 5c  
89Whip U for PleasureHVS 4c  
90BracketsHVS 5a 33
91A Pensionable QuestionHVS 5a 4
92Sandford Levvy Auxiliary Unit PatrolHVS 4c 1
93Black as the Ace of Spades and Twice as TrickyE2 5a 5
94Bonus in RetirementE1 5a 3
95King Of Sandford HillHVS 5a **5
96Kill CameronE1 5a 4
97FinettaVS 4c *3
98Designed to KillHVS 4c 2
99Emily's Six TomorrowE4 5c * 
100A Little Peace and QuietE3 5b *2
101Living DangerouslyE1 5a 2
102Matty Martin RIPHVS 5a *3
103Ask the TommyknockersE1 5c 3
104U KnowVS 5a 5
105Ghosts of the PastE2 5c  
 CONCRETE SHELTERS AREA  
107TyrionS 4b 4
108Hot FuzzS 4a 6
109Erectile dysfusionD 1
110Eater Of WorldsHS 4a 2
111Wall Of FleshHS 4a 3
112Who Needs Sex When You've Got Sandford?VS 4c 1
113No petite mort at the end of the dayS 4a 2
 SUNNYSIDE  
115Sunny side descentM 1
116The Weston WarriorE1 5b *3
117Captain SeedyE1 5b *2
118The 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