Climbs 30
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 136m a.s.l
Faces NW

The steep start of Certain Surprise at Split Rock Quarry © Mark Glaister

Crag features

Good concentration of excellent routes, both trad and (hard) sport, generally requiring a disproportionate amount of power.

Approach notes

Split Rock is reached from the main Wells to Wookey Hole road. For safety reasons, the following is the only permitted approach: about one mile from Wells town centre there is a sharp bend to the right just past the EMI works, and about 300 metres after there is a narrow road to the right which is followed for about 400 metres to a parking area on the left in front of the gate to the quarry itself. Do not block the farmer's entry to the field opposite -- instead, if the car park is full, return to Wells and approach by foot. Do not turn right onto the main road after leaving the crag; nor attempt to access the crag coming from Wookey Hole.

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West Country Climbs is a major Rockfax guide to one of the UK’s most celebrated, sunny and diverse climbing regions. The book is fashioned in Rockfax’s award-winning layout and design, and copiously illustrated with action photographs of the climbs and cliffs that reflect the quality and variety of climbing experiences to be had on offer in the UK’s most popular holiday destination - the West Country. This is a selected route and buttress guidebook which covers the best 900 routes from the crags listed below.
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More Guidebooks:
South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012)
Avon and Cheddar (2004)

Out of print:
Still got astonishingly sh1t non-directions written by a fcking imbecile. Wish I'd checked my previous comment before driving around aimlessly failing to make reality match the nonsense. Would the crag moderator please update the approach with the truth, ta!
Fiend - 03/Sep/16
Currently a Jackdaw nesting in the crack of Certain Surprise. Wasn't too happy to see us on nearby routes.
whenry - 18/May/15
Smart little spot, great, dynamic and generally well protected climbing on the E3's.
Jon_Warner - 15/Apr/09
Sam's comment is right. Follow Milton Lane rightwards (not left as described in new guide) to an obvious gate / junction where the tarmaced quarry track goes left. Park without blocking anything and an easy stroll leads along the track(s) to the quarry. P.S. Video Kills is amenable and awesome and worth popping in for.
Fiend - 01/Oct/07
its probably best to approach from wells up milton lane, which comes off ash lane. either walk or drive, parking on the left at the top of the lane, and walk straight ahead along footpath through woods, or bear left on new road to more parking as detailed above, and approach up path through currently a bird nesting (with hatched chicks) in the crack of certain suprise.
Sam - 01/Jun/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Tyro's SlabD 4
2Demolition ManHVS 5a 14
3DuneE5 6b *4
E5 6b  
5SaharaE5 6b *6
6A Magenta Smudge
E6 6c * 
7Crimson DynamoE6 6b **32
8Rustic WallE3 5c ***77
9Video KillsE3 5c ***127
10Crocker's CrumbsE4 6a 1
11Red Rag to a BullE5 6b **60
12Medium Very Rare
E6 6b 2
13Brazen HussyE5 6a 16
14Certain SurpriseE3 5c ***172
15Corsican DaysE3 5c **40
16Polling Day Blues
E4 6b  
17Chain Reaction
7b+ **4
18Fact or Fission
7c **1
19Red Snapper and Chips
7c *5
20Smashing of Amps7c+ ***50
21Smashingly ObviousE5 6b ***2
22Tricky DickyE5 6a ***34
23Saboteurs of the Underground7b+ 1
24Smarty Marty
7b+ * 
25Gary's Gift
E2 5c 14
26Open Invitation
E2 5b 6
27End Game
E2 5b 12
28Split Rock Girdle
E5 6b/c ***1
29Stroll in the Park4c *7
30Pickles CornerM 2

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