Sandford Quarry

Climbs 92 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces ?

Crag features
Brutal scene of extraction, but with some worthwhile lines. Sparsely protected, slabby climbs, usually bold, on generally sound rock. Could be worse! Single-pitch to 35 metres.

The current owners (2013) are happy for people to climb there as long as they behave sensibly.

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
3CrawlerE4 5b/c **
4Brain DonorE1 5a
5Le Poudin NoirE3 5c **
6Le Poudin Noir DirectE3 5c **
7Soixante-neufHVS 5a
8The RampD
9The Ramp Direct.HS
 BROKEN BUTTRESS 
11Jez AreteE3 5b
12Cardigano!VS 4b
13Cardigano! Cardigano!VS 4b.
 PINK SLAB 
15HellraiserE4 5b
16A Vision of HellE3 5b
17A Date with EternityE2 5a
 RED SLAB 
19Gaping GillE4 5c
20Semantic DeconstructionE1 5b
21DerelictionE3 5b
22IsolationE3 5b
23DesolationE1 5a
24GraduatesE3 5b
25AnnihilationE2 5c
 BLACK SLAB 
27The Italian JobHS 4b
28Honky Tonk HighwayHVS 4c
29ScarcityHVS 4c
30The CrushHVS 4c
31E for ExterminationE2 5a
32SensationsE2 5a *
33Shit; What Have I Got Myself Into?!E2 5a
34Subvert and SurviveHS 4b *
35Typically DeepHD
 GREY SLAB 
37Regular Boy ScoutE1 5a
38Handbuilt for SpeedE1 5b
39Blow JobE2 5b
40Softly SoftlyHVS 4c
41PremiereE2 5b
42Sponsored byE3 5b
43Wo's On?VS 4a
44DustHS
45...to DustVS 4a
46FellatriceHVS 5a
 OCHRE SLAB 
4861 Today.S
49MarigoldVS 4b
50The Soft EndHVS 4c
51Dead GloveHVS 5b
52As Limp as a Wimp on a CrimpE1 5a/b
53Anarchists Are ResponsibleVS 4b
 LOWER LIFT 
55Hodor.D
56Texting on HorsebackHVS 4c
57Mucky PupHS 4b
58First OffenceE2 5b *
59Captain BuddleiaHVS 5a
60CurvaceousVS 4b
61Hotblack DesiartoS 4b
62Easy RouteS 4a
63DoinnggggHVS 4c
64Fridge HidE1 5a
65BoinnggggHVS 5a
66Don't PanicE1 5b *
67Panic Ye NotE2 5b *
68MicrosoftE2 5b *
69After DarkHVS 5a
70Flying ToastersE1 5a
71Shot Down in FlamesE2 5c *
72IconE1 5a
73Polished OffE3 5c *
74Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome HereE3 6a *
75Eco-lineE1 5c
76Semi-redundantE1 5b
77MindwarpE2 5c
78MysteryE1 5b
79All Over Easy.HS 4b
80Death by Concrete.HVS 4b.
81Tory Elimination Plan 1VS 4b
82Seth's First School DayE1 5b
83Breakfast at Milliways.VS 5b
84The Big Bang Burger BarHS 4b
85CJD.VS 5c.
86ScrapieHVS 5a
87BSEE1 5c
88Whip U for PleasureHVS 4c
89BracketsHVS 5a
90A Pensionable QuestionHVS 5a
91Black as the Ace of Spades and Twice as TrickyE2 5a
92Bonus in RetirementE1 5a
93Kill CameronE1 5a
94Designed to KillHVS 4c
95Emily's Six TomorrowE4 5c *
96A Little Peace and QuietE3 5b *
97Living DangerouslyE1 5a
98Ask the TommyknockersE1 5c
99Ghosts of the PastE2 5c
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I climbed at Sandford yesterday 19/6/13 and noticed that there are Peregrin Falcons nesting on "The Ramp".This is a new nest site as they have always prefered the other (unclimbable) side of the quarry.This would appear to put the routes on the white Slab ie "La Poudin Noir" out of bounds for the moment.
deepstar - 20/Jun/13
Path cleared through the undergrowth to the start of 'Sensations' on Black Slab.
The Pylon King - 03/Sep/12
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
Do you have more up to date information?

These details were last updated on 02/May/2013
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