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Smugglers Terrace

North Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 100 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 163m a.s.l – Faces E

Crag features
A series of buttresses crowning a large plateau below the village of Ravenscar. There are several buttresses currently undergoing development. The quality of lines vary massively, though many strong lines, especially in the lower grades still remain. 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 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'.

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

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Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
3Mackerel CrackMVS 4a *1
4Dolphin In The BlowholeE1 5b 1
5CorsairE3 5c 3
7Billet The KidE5 6a **4
8The Tormented SoleE7 6b ***5
9Squid ViciousE8 7a *** 
10The Colossusf7A+ *** 
12PrivateelE5 6a 1
13Sea KingE1 5b *5
14Consolation CrackVS 4b  
15Anniversary ClimbHVS 5b * 
16OlympiaHVS 5b *1
17Aurora Crack VariationVS 4c 1
18Aurora CrackHS 4b *3
19East ParadeHVD 1
21Black BeardHVS 5b 2
22Long John SilverE1 5b 2
23Pie AreteE3 5c 4
24Contraband CrackHVS 5a **6
25PsychosisE4 6a ***3
 Climb nameGradex
27ChiassoE1 5c *2
29Ai No BarramundiE4 6a **2
30Krill ZoneE5 6b *2
31Clew GarnetVS 4c *1
32Twiggy's JukeboxMVS 4b 2
33LeviathanE5 6c **1
34EmersionE4 5c *1
35Mullet of CocktailE2 5c *2
37The Salmon of DoubtHS 4b *1
38Turbot ChargerE5 6b *2
39The BasstardE6 6c **3
40Halcyon DaceE2 5c *1
41Six Of The BestS * 
42A Plaice Lost In TimeE3 5c ***4
43Porpoise EconomyE6 6b **2
44The Swordfish of a Thousand TruthsE2 6a 2
45The Hake ShakeE2 5b 2
47Dolphinately MaybeE4 6a 1
48Herring LungE1 5a  
51Smuggler's Wall ProjectE10 7a  
52RavenscareE6 6a *** 
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Dave Warburton - 07/Jan/14

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