Regional Access Database

Banned Sandford Quarry (Stone Quarry on OS maps)

Contains a number of featureless slabs with little in the way of protection on rock of dubious integrity.

BMC Area South West & Southern Rock Type Limestone
Climbing Area Cheddar Area Access Status Banned
County Somerset CRoW Land No
Importance Local No. of Routes 56
Ownership Private Year Developed 1982
Within National Park No Grid Reference ST422590

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.


This page was last updated on 02/05/2014. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.