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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 seven buttresses, currently under-development. The quality of lines vary massively. Much of the rock is clean, though crackline and top outs are often vegetated on unclimbed lines. There's generally a couple of good routes at every grade, with about tree times as many still to be done.

The crags take little drainage and are solid in the main. The crag is quick drying, though it can condense in winter when relatively warmer air meets the cold rock.

The approaches on the terrace itself can be brackenous in high summer, however the main buttresses can be accessed from above.

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 50m before the lone house on the left. 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.

An old piece of sheet metal is found at the top of Contraband Buttress; further 'way markers' which should perhaps be made in the future, would aid buttress finding from the top.

There is a fisher mans access down lines below the Cleveland Way sign, adjacent to the village parking.

The best approach when the bracken isn't high 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 'deer track' / footpath and the crags will soon come into view.

All the approaches will be fine once the crag gets a few visits.

All the unclimbed lines are fair game - get on it! However, obvious route cleaning would suggest someone else would like to do it!

Access notes
No access issues known about.

Access from above in high summer to avoid exhausting yourself in bracken and then losing all your blood to ticks! - if the crag gains popularity then the bracken paths will remain.

In winter it is best to walk to the lone bush next to the path in the field half way between the village and the hotel - from here cut down through shrubbery on a 'deer track'.

Weather forecast

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6.3mm rain
Mainly cloudy
17 °C
21 kph

1.5mm rain
Sunny periods
16 °C
33 kph

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15 °C
30 kph

0.0mm rain
14 °C
24 kph

0.3mm rain
16 °C
16 kph
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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+ *** 
12Sea KingE1 5b *5
13Consolation CrackVS 4b  
14Anniversary ClimbHVS 5b * 
15OlympiaHVS 5b *1
16Aurora Crack VariationVS 4c 1
17Aurora CrackHS 4b *3
18East ParadeHVD 1
20Black BeardHVS 5b 2
21Long John SilverE1 5b 2
22Pie AreteE3 5c 4
23Contraband CrackHVS 5a **6
 Climb nameGradex
24PsychosisE4 6a ***3
26ChiassoE1 5c *2
28Clew GarnetVS 4c *1
29LeviathanE5 6c **1
30EmersionE4 5c *1
31Mullet of CocktailE2 5c *2
33The Salmon of DoubtHS 4b *1
34Turbot ChargerE5 6b *2
35The BasstardE6 6c **3
36Halcyon DaceE2 5c *1
37Six Of The BestS ** 
38A Plaice Lost In TimeE3 5c **4
39Porpoise EconomyE3 5c 1
41Dolphinately MaybeE4 6a 1
42Herring LungE1 5a  
45Smuggler's Wall ProjectE10 7a  
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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