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Climbs 117
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 66m a.s.l

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. Lower Lift  has two bolt lower off along with a number of very solid steel stakes. The Eastern slabs(White, Red, Pink) have a number of stakes/bolts and even a two bolt lower off. Mendip Outdoor Pursuits(the tenants) are slowly developing the quarry. Left hand side of Lower lift now good for children /beginners top and bottom roping.
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 half 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 Advice

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 anyone visiting the quarry adhere to the agreement outlined above.

Seasonal Restrictions

Reason: Nesting Birds

Peregrines have been reported here, usually nesting opposite the slab routes - please take care during the spring not to disturb them.

Guidebooks

Rockfall from the left edge of the Red Slab bordering on the Pink Slab (although the Cheddar guidebook has them the wrong way round). Anyway about a ton of rock has fallen from the second roof on "Semantic Deconstruction". It has effectively done a very good gardening job on Gaping Gill but rather put me off actually climbing it today.
leland stamper - 17/Sep/17
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
  WHITE SLAB
2 50 Shades of Earl Gray. D 2
3 One of Trump's losers HS 4b 3
4 Bend it like Bloedwurst HVS 4c * 2
5 Encoulez-vous,sausisson! HVS 5a * 3
6 Creep
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E1 5a 2
7 Crawler
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E4 5b/c ** 3
8 Brain Donor E1 5a 3
9 Le Poudin Noir
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E3 5c ** 17
10 Le Poudin Noir Direct
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E3 5c ** 2
11 Soixante-neuf
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HVS 5a 4
12 The Ramp D 6
13 The Ramp Direct. HS 5
14 Quarrel in the Quarry
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VS 4c * 2
  BROKEN BUTTRESS
16 Jez Arete E3 5b 1
17 Cardigano! VS 4b 9
18 Cardigano! Cardigano! VS 4b. 3
  PINK SLAB
20 The moderate path to the entrance to hell. M 1
21 Hellraiser
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E4 5b  
22 A Vision of Hell
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E3 5b 1
23 A Date with Eternity
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E2 5a 1
  RED SLAB
25 Gaping Gill
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E4 5c  
26 Semantic Deconstruction
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E1 5b  
27 Dereliction
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E3 5b  
28 Isolation
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E3 5b 2
29 Desolation
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E1 5a 1
30 Graduates
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E3 5b 4
31 Annihilation E2 5c 6
32 Abstention S 4b 1
  BLACK SLAB
34 The Italian Job HS 4b 4
35 Honky Tonk Highway
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HVS 4c 2
36 Scarcity
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HVS 4c 3
37 The Crush
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HVS 4c 3
38 E for Extermination
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E2 5a 3
39 Sensations
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E2 5a * 15
40 Shit; What Have I Got Myself Into?!
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E2 5a 3
41 Subvert and Survive
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HS 4b * 6
42 Typically Deep HD 2
43 Freds and Boars VS 4b  
Climb name Grade
  GREY SLAB
45 Regular Boy Scout
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E1 5a  
46 Handbuilt for Speed
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E1 5b 2
47 Blow Job
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E2 5b 9
48 The easy way up S 4a 1
49 Softly Softly
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HVS 4c 18
50 Premiere
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E2 5b 12
51 Sponsored by
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E3 5b 7
52 Wo's On?
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VS 4a 19
53 Dust
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HS 28
54 ...to Dust
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VS 4a 27
55 Fellatrice
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HVS 5a  
  OCHRE SLAB
57 61 Today. S 4
58 Marigold
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VS 4b 3
59 The Soft End
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HVS 4c 2
60 Dead Glove
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HVS 5b 11
61 As Limp as a Wimp on a Crimp
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E1 5a/b 3
62 Anarchists Are Responsible
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VS 4b 2
  LOWER LIFT
64 Hodor. D 19
65 Texting on Horseback
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HVS 4c 3
66 Mucky Pup
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HS 4b 14
67 First Offence
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E2 5b * 17
68 Captain Buddleia
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HVS 5a 10
69 Curvaceous
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VS 4b 30
70 Hotblack Desiarto S 4b 14
71 Easy Route
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S 4a 19
72 Doinngggg
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HVS 4c 4
73 Fridge Hid
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E1 5a 6
74 Boinngggg
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HVS 5a 6
75 Don't Panic
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E1 5b * 13
76 Panic Ye Not
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E2 5b * 2
77 Microsoft
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E2 5b * 9
78 After Dark
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HVS 5a 6
79 Flying Toasters
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E1 5a 5
80 Shot Down in Flames E2 5c * 9
81 Icon
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E1 5a 13
82 Polished Off E3 5c * 16
83 Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here E3 6a * 5
84 Eco-line E1 5c 23
85 Semi-redundant
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E1 5b 7
86 Mindwarp
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E2 5c 2
Climb name Grade
87 Mystery E1 5b 3
88 All Over Easy. HS 4b 7
89 Death by Concrete. HVS 4b. 3
90 Tory Elimination Plan 1
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VS 4b 1
91 Seth's First School Day E1 5b 2
92 Breakfast at Milliways. VS 5b 5
93 The Big Bang Burger Bar HS 4b 24
94 CJD. VS 5c. 2
95 Scrapie HVS 5a  
96 BSE E1 5c  
97 Whip U for Pleasure HVS 4c  
98 Brackets HVS 5a 35
99 A Pensionable Question
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HVS 5a 4
100 Sandford Levvy Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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HVS 4c 1
101 Black as the Ace of Spades and Twice as Tricky
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E2 5a 5
102 Bonus in Retirement
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E1 5a 3
103 King Of Sandford Hill HVS 5a ** 9
104 Kill Cameron
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E1 5a 4
105 Finetta
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VS 4c * 3
106 Designed to Kill
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HVS 4c 2
107 Emily's Six Tomorrow
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E4 5c *  
108 A Little Peace and Quiet
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E3 5b * 2
109 Living Dangerously
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E1 5a 2
110 Matty Martin RIP
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HVS 5a * 3
111 Ask the Tommyknockers
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E1 5c 3
112 U Know
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VS 5a 6
113 Ghosts of the Past
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E2 5c  
  Concrete shelters area
115 Tyrion S 4b 4
116 Hot Fuzz S 4a 6
117 Niamh's a grown up. MVS 4b 2
118 Erectile dysfusion D 1
119 Eater Of Worlds
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HS 4a 3
120 Wall Of Flesh
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HS 4a 3
121 Who Needs Sex When You've Got Sandford?
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VS 4c 2
122 No petite mort at the end of the day S 4a 2
  Sunnyside
124 Sunny side descent M 2
125 The Weston Warrior
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E1 5a/b 3
126 Captain Seedy
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E1 5a/b 2
127 The Quartz Bicycle. XS 4c  

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