Climbs 101
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 163m a.s.l
Faces E

Another New Line Down On The Coast © Franco Cookson

Crag features

A series of buttresses crowning a large plateau below the village of Ravenscar. There are several buttresses currently undergoing development. There are many strong lines, especially in the low to mid E-grades. Much of the lower grade lines remain unclimbed, though when they are the crag will be one of the premier venues of the area. Get involved!

Much of the rock is clean, though cracklines and top outs are often vegetated on unclimbed lines. There is currently around 40 routes with that number set to double (mainly in the lower grades).

The crags take little drainage and are solid in the main. Overall it is quick drying and offers good conditions in the heat of summer and the cold and dry of winter - a true all round venue. However, the crag is brackenous in summer, though regular walking of the paths will keep them clear of bracken and in good order. NOTE: Ticks are common!

Approach the village of Ravenscar from the A171 and upon arrival in the village bear right past the Raven Hall Hotel to park at Station Square. Follow the Cleveland Way north-west back towards the hotel. When passing a second lone bush on the left of the path at a short downhill section, a yellow-topped marker post should be present on the right. A vague track leads to the crag through the trees.

Alternatively, a ‘fishermans line’ leads down from the Cleveland Way sign or cut straight down the hillside to the top of your buttress of choice.

To access Fox Holes from above, walk to 60m before the lone house; inline with a rowan tree on the cliff edge. Below the rowan is a steep, tree-less ridge with a large belay stake.

To access Contraband from above, walk towards the Ravenscar Hotel from the village parking before cutting down to the right through bushes at red and white marker tape, around 40m before the lone house on the left. An old piece of sheet metal is found at the top of Contraband Buttress. Abseil in.

For Illusion Buttress and Evasion Buttress head 10m beyond the house then drop down the hillside when a blue marker is seen in the trees. Evasion drops straight down from this point, while Illusion is found walking left to a piece of plastic 'pointing the way'. Abseil in.

To access Fox Holes from above, walk to 60m before the lone house; inline with a rowan tree on the cliff edge. Below the rowan is a steep, tree-less ridge with a large belay stake.

All the approaches will be fine once the crag gets a few visits each month to keep them well trodden. All the unclimbed lines are fair game though generally very vegetated - get on it! However, obvious route cleaning would suggest someone else is 'on with it'.

Approach notes

See crag description. An affinity with the crag is extremely useful!


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Simon Caldwell - 17/May/15
Amazing location, loads of stuff to keep you busy, climbing a offwidth crack starting a cave to the left of Easter island buttress, awesome climb but nightmare on the top out
1176gws - 13/Nov/13
Great crag, offering some fab routes. Loads more to go at.
Franco Cookson - 31/Oct/12
Now home to some excellent and varied climbing, with plenty left to do throughout the grades. This and Stoupe Brow offer good sandstone climbing on the coast!
Dave Warburton - 12/Aug/12
Be carefull when trying to put up new routes here. It is wise to abseil the routes before climbing them. Yesterday, Whilst trying to onsight a new route left of the contraband butress, I got caught it a wee rock fall! (be wary of the cracks with the debris below)
Sam Marks - 13/Feb/12
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Smith's Buttress 
2Machette *f5 1
3Gondwanaland *f5 1
4Pangea *
5Anterior Portion *
f6C * 
 Collision Wall 
7Africa Collides *
f7B * 
8Strata Smith *
f5+ 1
 The Lookout 
10Tertiary Tension *f5+ 2
11Fossil Hammer *f5+ 1
12Ammonite *
f6A *1
13The Roar *
 The Grotto 
15Wolf Fish *
16The Lookout *
 The Fox Holes 
18Herring AidHVS 5b *1
19The Hakey CokeyVS 4c *1
20Hard of HerringHVS 4c *3
21Mackerel CrackMVS 4a *2
22Dolphin In The BlowholeE1 5b 1
23CorsairE3 5c 3
 Easter Island Buttress (AKA The Long-Faced Man) 
25Hake ExpectationsHVS 5a 1
26Billet The KidE5 6a **5
27The Tormented SoleE7 6b ***5
28The Colossusf7A+ **1
29Life is Lifef7B+ *** 
 Aurora Buttress 
31Dolphinately MaybeE5 6a 1
32Sea KingE1 5b *6
33Consolation CrackVS 4b  
34Anniversary ClimbHVS 5b * 
35OlympiaHVS 5b 1
36BorealisE4 6a 1
37Aurora Crack VariationVS 4c 1
38Aurora CrackHS 4b *4
39East ParadeHVD 2
40Living the BreamE1 5b 3
 Contraband Buttress 
42Black BeardE1 5b 6
43Long John SilverE2 5b *3
44Pie AreteE3 5c 4
45Contraband CrackHVS 5a **10
46Contraband Crack Arete FinishE1 5c 1
47PsychosisE4 6a ***7
48Mr FishbitzVS 4c *1
 Counterfeit Buttress 
50ChiassoE1 5c *2
 Evasion Buttress 
52Silence of the Clamsf6C 2
53Babel FishHVS 5b *3
54Marbled in StoneE2 5b *4
55Ai No BarramundiE4 6a *4
56No Ifs No HalibutsE4 6a *1
57So Long, And Thanks For All The FishHVS 5b **4
58Krill ZoneE7 6c **2
59Kelp The Youngf7A+ 1
60License to KrillE5 6b 4
61Clew GarnetMVS 4b *4
62Twiggy's JukeboxVS 4c *4
63LeviathanE5 6c ***1
64EmersionE4 5c **2
65HullabelugaVS 4c *2
66Hullabeluga (Finger Crack Finish)none 5b?  
67Cards Against HumanateeE2 5c *4
68Mullet of CocktailE2 5c *2
69I've Haddock With Fish Puns!VS 4b 1
70No Plaice To Hang AroundE4 5c 1
 Illusion Buttress 
72The Salmon of DoubtVS 4c 1
73Turbot ChargerE5 6b 2
74The BasstardE6 6c **3
75Halcyon DaceE2 5c 1
76Six Of The BestS *1
77A Plaice Lost In TimeE3 5c ***7
78Porpoise EconomyE5 6a **4
79RavenscareE5 5c *1
80The Swordfish of a Thousand TruthsE2 6a 2
81The Hake ShakeE2 5b 2
 Wang Point 
85Slabby Arete *E3 5b  
86Squid Vicious *E7 6c  
87Sole Traverse *E4 5c  
88Privateel Groove *MVS 4b  
89Contraband Left Crack *
HVS 5a  
90Smuggler's Wall ProjectE6 7a  
91Natural Born KrillersE2 5c  
 Allosaurus Wall 
93Clever Girls
f6B+ *1
94Devil's Toenail
95Feathered Friends
f5 1
96Biotic Crisisf6C+ **2
97Chaos Theoryf6C  
98Toarcian Turnoverf6C * 
100Monkey Puzzlef6A 1
101Monkey Puzzle (Standing)
f5+ 1
102Supratemporalf6B *1
104Sands of Time
f3 1
105Beachcomaf6A *1
106Beachcoma (Standing)
f5 *2
107Amberf6B+ * 
108Amber (Standing)
f5 1
f5+ *1
f5+ *1
111Whitby Jet
f4+ 2
113Belemnite Dreams
f6B+ *1
f6B 1
116Pale Riderf7C * 
118Mad Dogf7C * 
120Coprolitef6A+ *1
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