Sandford Quarry

Cheddar Area

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

Crag information
Climbing Area: South West & Southern Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 100
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1982
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 anyone visiting the quarry adhere to the agreement outlined above.

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Climbing does not appear to be banned here,just that Mendip Outdoor pursuits like to know who is using it so they don't confuse climbers with young locals misbehaving. Most climbers don't bother telling them, including me. Mendip have always been very friendly although they get a bit upset if you want to climb where they are instructing(and rightly so as they still own the place). There are now more than 100 climbs there which need some traffic so it would be good if you could change the access ban.Thanks
Tim Meehan
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I have climbed at this quarry many times over the last few years and there are peregine falcons nesting in the quarry (opposite the slab climbing routes) that return every year, and have been noted by the local bird watching groups so care is needed not to disrupt these.