Climbs 45
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 136m a.s.l
Faces NW

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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 Quarry lies close to the cathedral town of Wells which is best reached from the M5 by exiting at junction 22 and following the A38 and A371, first to Cheddar and then on to Wells. On entering Wells, pick up signs for the A39 to Bristol and follow the road out of the town and turn left onto Milton Lane - a minor road. Follow Milton Lane and cross Ash Lane. A little further up the road, pass Reservoir Lane on the right, continue past some blocks on the left and park on the verges next to a locked, gated track and path on the left. Take care not to block the road. Walk along the path to the edge of the woods and, either follow a path just inside the woods along its edge to the cliff, or a path through the field next to the woods to the same point (5 minutes).


I did some cleaning up of Demolition Man last year and noticed that someone had been dry-tooling the route. Whoever it is, please dont otherwise if I catch you I will dry tool you. Namaste
The Pylon King - 16/Feb/20
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
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