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150 Ft Abseil

2.5 hour abseil session on our massive 150 ft abseil in Sandford Quarry.

How does it work?

The exhilaration of hanging your life on a rope is immense. Abseiling requires no skill, little effort and no prior experience, the real challenge is in the mind. You're guaranteed a thrilling mix of emotions - and afterwards, an uncontrollable urge to do it all again. Your instructor will brief you, ensure your harness and helmet is fitted correctly and explain the whole process and ensure your complete safety and wellbeing throughout the session. A second rope is always used and controlled by your instructor, so you can't go wrong!

No previous experience required! All safety equipment is provided and our fully qualified instructors will guide you through the experience, ensuring your safety and wellbeing.

Who are these activities for?

Due to the scale of this abseil, the minimum age is 10. This applies to both individual spaces and exclusive group bookings.

Where do we go?

This session takes place in Sandford Quarry, our beautiful disused limestone quarry a few minutes drive from the main centre. This is the perfect venue for outdoor rock climbing, but like most outdoor locations the facilities are basic and there are no toilets. You are welcome to drive into the quarry but the access track is uneven so please drive slowly and take care as you drive into the quarry at your own risk. If you prefer to park on Quarry Road and walk up to the quarry please park courteously and do not block driveways. If you are staying with us in the campsite the walk down into the quarry is stunning and this map shows the route . Our instructor will be waiting for you on the lowest tier of the quarry in the area pinned on google maps here

FAQ's

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Sandford Quarry is our private rocksport quarry which is just a 5 minute drive from our Main Activity Centre. Access is by first turning into Quarry Road in Winscombe, nearest postcode, BS25 5RN. 


Drive up quarry road for about 100m and then, enter the gates on your left. Follow the track into the quarry. You will see our vehicles and instructors. Please drive carefully and slowly, the track is uneven and bumpy in places.

As an outdoor activity centre, we go ahead whatever the weather! The only exception to this rule is lightning directly overhead, which we monitor very closely and rarely stops play for more than a few minutes. Make sure you bring a change of clothes if it's raining, wrap up warm if it's windy, and drink plenty of fluids if it's hot. Make an adventure of it!!!

Yes! We are now able to accept gift vouchers again. You may use your voucher on any instructor led activity that your voucher is valid for. If your voucher was due to expire after 22nd March 2020, we have automatically extended it by 18 months so your codes will still work for an online booking. 

All vouchers can be used for the value paid for them against any of our activities. 

We will need a completed copy of our medical declaration. Where possible please print it out and bring it with you. We will have copies available on site.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to join you onsite however unfortunately, they can't join you on any of our activity sessions other than frisbee golf. 


If you are bringing a dog with you, one of your party will have to not take part in the activity session to stay with the dog or it will have to be left in a vehicle. 


Yes! If you find an activity on a time and date that suits you, you are able to book for an exclusive group which means it will just be your group with the instructor. If you do this, once you have checked out, pop a note in the notes box to let us know its a stag or hen do and we'll make sure we're prepared. 


If your group is larger than our group sizes or if you are looking for a more bespoke package, specific activity or to add multiple activities or a catering option, check out our Stag and Hen webpage here - https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/stagandhen 

We can certainly arrange this activity for you. If you are booking for an educational/school group, please take a look at our dedicated webpage: https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/education


If you are booking for an organised youth group, please click here: https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/youthgroups


Climbing and abseiling sessions take place in Sandford Quarry, our beautiful disused limestone quarry a few minutes drive from the main centre. This is the perfect venue for outdoor rock climbing, but like most outdoor locations the facilities are basic and there are no toilets.

You are welcome to drive into the quarry but the access track is uneven so please drive slowly and take care as you drive into the quarry at your own risk. If you prefer to park on Quarry Road and walk up to the quarry please park courteously and do not block driveways.

If you are staying with us in the campsite the walk down into the quarry is stunning and this map shows the route.

Our instructor will be waiting for you on the lowest tier of the quarry in the area pinned on google maps here.

Climbing and abseiling sessions take place in Sandford Quarry, our beautiful disused limestone quarry. This is the perfect venue for outdoor rock climbing, but like most outdoor locations the facilities are basic and there are no toilets. Mendip Activity Centre is a 5 minute drive away if you need toilets or refreshments but we recommend coming prepared.

Climbing and Abseiling sessions: Our instructors will never force you to do something you are not comfortable with. However, our instructors are the best in the industry and know how to make help you overcome your fears. They will give you the confidence and support to step just outside your comfort zone and try. You'll be surprised what you can achieve with the right coaching!

General FAQ's

This ranges depending on the activity...


Tobogganing is available for ages 4+

Skiing is available for ages 5+

Snowboarding is for ages 8+ (but must also have at least a size 2 feet and be 1.2m tall)

Frisbee Golf does not have an age restriction and under 6's play for free


Our outdoor activity sessions can be run in two ways, with different minimum ages:


If you are booking individual spaces on an activity session, the minimum age is 8. 


You are also able to book a session privately just for your group. If you book the session exclusively we can relax the age restriction to include children aged 6 or 7. At least one adult must take part and be included in the group if there is anyone taking part under the age of 8.  

As an outdoor activity centre we go ahead whatever the weather! The only exception to this rule is lightning directly over the centre, which we monitor very closely. Make sure you bring a change of clothes if it's raining, wrap up warm if it's windy, and drink plenty of fluids if it's hot. Make an adventure of it!!!

All of our activity sites have plenty of parking onsite. Parking is free of charge.

We are very fortunate to be situated in such a stunning location set in the Mendip hills. Unfortunately, this does come with its limitations. We currently only have stair access to our slopes and cafe, and the paths leading to our onsite activities can be fairly muddy and uneven.

Pushchairs/wheelchairs/mobility scooters may struggle depending on what part of the centre they are trying to access. We are always happy to try and help where we can so please do give us a call to discuss your individual requirements.

You will receive a confirmation email from us once your booking has been made. Sometimes this email can end up in your junk folder, so please check there first if you can't find it. 


If you can't find a confirmation email, your online booking may not have been fully completed - please check whether the session you were trying to book is still available online. If it is, please try to make the booking again. If it's not, please contact us so that we can check what's happened.

If you've searched through our list of FAQs to see and still can't find the answer, there are a few ways you can get in touch.


Firstly you could either:

Click here to "Create a new support ticket" or send an email to hello@mendip.me


Finally, if you would rather speak with one of our friendly team, you can arrange a phone call by clicking here.

We are currently operating our cafe out of Mendip Lodge rather than the Alpine Lounge. This is just a few minutes walk up the hill from the main centre.  It is open 7 days a week during the school Summer holidays from 8.30am until 9pm (10pm on Saturday).


We operate on a walk-in basis only and do not take reservations for tables or food. 

Mendip Activity Centre, Mendip Lodge and Mendip Basecamp are all cashless. 


We accept all major credit and debit cards (excluding American express).

Yes! We have a bunkhouse right on site that is available year round and, during the Summer months, we have 2 canvas villages onsite also. 


For full information, pricing and options please see our Education webpage here - https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/education

Yes! Whatever your size, scale or budget, we offer bespoke team away days. 

Take a look here for more info -https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/corporate