Climbs 115
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 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

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 One of Trump's losers HS 4b 2
3 Generic public schoolboy HVS 4c * 2
4 Creep
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E1 5a 2
5 Crawler
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E4 5b/c ** 3
6 Brain Donor E1 5a 3
7 Le Poudin Noir
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E3 5c ** 21
8 Le Poudin Noir Direct
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E3 5c ** 2
9 Soixante-neuf
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HVS 5a 4
10 The Ramp D 6
11 The Ramp Direct. HS 5
12 Quarrel in the Quarry
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VS 4c * 3
13 Route3
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HVS 2
  BROKEN BUTTRESS
15 Jez Arete E3 5b 1
16 Cardigano! VS 4b 9
17 Cardigano! Cardigano! VS 4b. 3
  PINK SLAB
19 The moderate path to the entrance to hell. M 1
20 Hellraiser
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E4 5b  
21 A Vision of Hell
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E3 5b  
22 A Date with Eternity
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E2 5a 1
  RED SLAB
24 Gaping Gill
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E4 5c  
25 Semantic Deconstruction
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E1 5b  
26 Dereliction
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E3 5b  
27 Isolation
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E3 5b 1
28 Desolation
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E1 5a  
29 Graduates
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E3 5b 3
30 Annihilation E2 5c 6
  BLACK SLAB
32 The Italian Job HS 4b 4
33 Honky Tonk Highway
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HVS 4c 2
34 Scarcity
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HVS 4c 3
35 The Crush
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HVS 4c 3
36 E for Extermination
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E2 5a 3
37 Sensations
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E2 5a * 15
38 Shit; What Have I Got Myself Into?!
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E2 5a 3
39 Subvert and Survive
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HS 4b * 6
40 Typically Deep HD 2
41 Freds and Boars * VS 4b  
  GREY SLAB
43 Regular Boy Scout
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E1 5a  
44 Handbuilt for Speed
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E1 5b 2
45 Blow Job
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E2 5b 9
46 The easy way up S 4a 1
47 Softly Softly
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HVS 4c 18
48 Premiere
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E2 5b 12
49 Sponsored by
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E3 5b 7
50 Wo's On?
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VS 4a 19
51 Dust
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HS 28
52 ...to Dust
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VS 4a 27
53 Fellatrice
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HVS 5a  
  OCHRE SLAB
55 61 Today. S 4
56 Marigold
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VS 4b 3
57 The Soft End
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HVS 4c 2
58 Dead Glove
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HVS 5b 11
59 As Limp as a Wimp on a Crimp
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E1 5a/b 3
60 Anarchists Are Responsible
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VS 4b 2
  LOWER LIFT
62 Hodor. D 17
63 Texting on Horseback
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HVS 4c 3
64 Mucky Pup
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HS 4b 14
65 First Offence
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E2 5b * 15
66 Captain Buddleia
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HVS 5a 10
67 Curvaceous
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VS 4b 29
68 Hotblack Desiarto S 4b 15
69 Easy Route
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S 4a 16
70 Doinngggg
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HVS 4c 3
71 Fridge Hid
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E1 5a 6
72 Boinngggg
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HVS 5a 4
73 Don't Panic
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E1 5b * 12
74 Panic Ye Not
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E2 5b * 2
75 Microsoft
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E2 5b * 9
76 After Dark
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HVS 5a 6
77 Flying Toasters
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E1 5a 5
78 Shot Down in Flames E2 5c * 9
79 Icon
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E1 5a 13
80 Polished Off E3 5c * 16
81 Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here E3 6a * 5
82 Eco-line E1 5c 22
83 Semi-redundant
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E1 5b 7
84 Mindwarp
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E2 5c 2
85 Mystery E1 5b 3
86 All Over Easy. HS 4b 7
87 Death by Concrete. HVS 4b. 3
88 Tory Elimination Plan 1
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VS 4b 1
89 Seth's First School Day E1 5b 2
90 Breakfast at Milliways. VS 5b 5
91 The Big Bang Burger Bar HS 4b 22
92 CJD. VS 5c. 2
93 Scrapie HVS 5a  
94 BSE E1 5c  
95 Whip U for Pleasure HVS 4c  
96 Brackets HVS 5a 35
97 A Pensionable Question
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HVS 5a 4
98 Sandford Levvy Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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HVS 4c 1
99 Black as the Ace of Spades and Twice as Tricky
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E2 5a 5
100 Bonus in Retirement
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E1 5a 3
101 King Of Sandford Hill HVS 5a ** 7
102 Kill Cameron
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E1 5a 4
103 Finetta
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VS 4c * 3
104 Designed to Kill
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HVS 4c 2
105 Emily's Six Tomorrow
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E4 5c *  
106 A Little Peace and Quiet
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E3 5b * 2
107 Living Dangerously
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E1 5a 2
108 Matty Martin RIP
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HVS 5a * 3
109 Ask the Tommyknockers
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E1 5c 3
110 U Know
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VS 5a 6
111 Ghosts of the Past
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E2 5c  
  Concrete shelters area
113 Tyrion S 4b 4
114 Hot Fuzz S 4a 6
115 Niamh's a grown up. MVS 4b 2
116 Erectile dysfusion D 1
117 Eater Of Worlds
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HS 4a 3
118 Wall Of Flesh
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HS 4a 3
119 Who Needs Sex When You've Got Sandford?
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VS 4c 2
120 No petite mort at the end of the day S 4a 2
  Sunnyside
122 Sunny side descent M 2
123 The Weston Warrior
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E1 5a/b 3
124 Captain Seedy
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E1 5a/b 2
125 The Quartz Bicycle. XS 4c  
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