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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, however the top outs of some of the climbs on the right buttresses are vegetated. It is prudent to inspect new lines prior to climbing, as the rock is extremely virgin although conditions do not appear to be affected by the sea.
The approaches on the terrace 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, 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 sheeted 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 - followa 'deer track' / footpath and the crags will soon come into view.
All the unclimbed lines are fair game- get on it!
Climbs at this crag
No access issues.
Access from above in high summer to avoid exhausting yourself in bracken and then losing all your blood to ticks!
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 scrubbery on a 'deer track'.
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