Climbs 110
Rocktype Limestone

Sandford Snow Leopard. © deepstar

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.

Access Banned

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.


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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
E1 5a 1
E4 5b/c **1
4Brain Donor
E1 5a 2
5Le Poudin Noir
E3 5c **19
6Le Poudin Noir Direct
E3 5c **2
HVS 5a 3
8The RampD 6
9The Ramp Direct.HS 3
10Quarrel in the Quarry
VS 4c *1
12Jez AreteE3 5b 1
13Cardigano!VS 4b 7
14Cardigano! Cardigano!VS 4b. 3
16The moderate path to the entrance to hell.M 1
E4 5b  
18A Vision of Hell
E3 5b  
19A Date with Eternity
E2 5a 1
21Gaping Gill
E4 5c  
22Semantic Deconstruction
E1 5b  
E3 5b  
E3 5b 1
E1 5a  
E3 5b 3
27AnnihilationE2 5c 6
29The Italian JobHS 4b 5
30Honky Tonk Highway
HVS 4c 2
HVS 4c 3
32The Crush
HVS 4c 2
33E for Extermination
E2 5a 2
E2 5a *14
35Shit; What Have I Got Myself Into?!
E2 5a 2
36Subvert and Survive
HS 4b *7
37Typically DeepHD 2
39Regular Boy Scout
E1 5a  
40Handbuilt for Speed
E1 5b 1
41Blow Job
E2 5b 8
42Softly Softly
HVS 4c 17
E2 5b 11
44Sponsored by
E3 5b 7
45Wo's On?
VS 4a 19
HS 28 Dust
VS 4a 27
HVS 5a  
5061 Today.S 4
VS 4b 3
52The Soft End
HVS 4c 2
53Dead Glove
HVS 5b 11
54As Limp as a Wimp on a Crimp
E1 5a/b 3
55Anarchists Are Responsible
VS 4b 2
57Hodor.D 16
58Texting on Horseback
HVS 4c 3
59Mucky Pup
HS 4b 13
60First Offence
E2 5b *14
61Captain Buddleia
HVS 5a 10
VS 4b 26
63Hotblack DesiartoS 4b 13
64Easy Route
S 4a 15
HVS 4c 3
66Fridge Hid
E1 5a 6
HVS 5a 4
68Don't Panic
E1 5b *11
69Panic Ye Not
E2 5b *2
E2 5b *9
71After Dark
HVS 5a 6
72Flying Toasters
E1 5a 5
73Shot Down in FlamesE2 5c *9
E1 5a 13
75Polished OffE3 5c *16
76Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome HereE3 6a *5
77Eco-lineE1 5c 20
E1 5b 7
E2 5c 2
80MysteryE1 5b 3

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