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Smugglers TerraceNorth Yorkshire, ENGLAND
Climbs 100 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 163m a.s.l – Faces E
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 in brackenous areas.
*** The best approach is to walk past the lone house towards the hotel before cutting into bushes after the second bush in the field left of the path - follow a slippery footpath down til the crags come into view. ***
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.
There is also a fishermans access down lines below the Cleveland Way sign, adjacent to the village parking.
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'.
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