GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Captain Cook's Monument Walk

6 miles (10 km)

Enjoy a walk from Great Ayton to this iconic landmark on Easby Moor. Captain Cook's Monument is an obelisk 60ft (18m)high in memory of the great British explorer. This walk starts in the village of Great Ayton and climbs to the monument through woodland and moorland. You then pick up the Cleveland Way to take you across Great Ayton Moor to the wonderful Roseberry Topping. This distinctive hill commands wonderful views across the Cleveland Plain towards the Pennine Hills. The route then descends from Roseberry Topping to Great Ayton and the finish point.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb Roseberry Topping on the National Trust walk or continue east along the Cleveland Way towards Guisborough Forest and Walkway.

Captain Cook's Monument OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Captain Cook's Monument Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


In Great Ayton the Royal Oak is a nice option for some post walk refreshments. This former coaching inn dates back to the 17th century and oozes charm and character. There's a cosy interior with original beams and log fires. You can find the pub on the High Street with a postcode of TS9 6BW.
You could also pay a visit to the Buck Hotel. The pub sits in a nice location on the banks of the river Leven. You can sit outside and enjoy nice views on a fine day. They have a very good menu and good selection of ales too. You can find the pub at 1 West Terrace with a postcode of TS9 6PA for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The hill and surrounding woods are a great place for a dog walk. The Royal Oak pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you'd like to come by public transport then Great Ayton rail station is located less than a mile north west from the monument. The station is on theEsk Valley Line which runs from Middlesbrough to Whitby. You can pick up a footpath just to the east of the station on Dikes Lane. This will take you up to the monument.
For a longer, more challenging route try our Cleveland Way Circular Walk from Great Ayton. This starts from the village and uses a section of the National Trail to take you to the iconic Roseberry Topping before climbing to the monument.
A few miles north east of the monument you will find the attractive market town of Guisborough where a visit to Gisborough Priory is a worthy addition to your outing. The Augustinianpriory has a facinating history dating back to the 12th century. You can enjoy a stroll around the atmospheric ruins where there is a distinctive arch, which is a well-known landmark used as a symbol for Guisborough. The site is run by English Heritage and is free to explore. You can find it in the attracive market town at Priory Grounds, Church Street at postcode TS14 6HG. The Cleveland Street Walk can also be picked up here.
Guisborough Priory - - 1404943

To the south there's the fascinating ancient sites at the Lord Stones and the Wainstones. The climb to Carlton Bank near Carlton in Cleveland is also located in this area.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Captain Cook's Monument - - 923536

This is the south side of the monument, and the photograph also captures Roseberry Topping

Approaching Captain Cook's Monument - - 582883

Approaching Captain Cook's Monument. Westbound walkers on the Cleveland Way leave the Coate Moor plantations and this is the first view of the monument. A resting point beckons.

The Captain Cook Monument - - 1628866

The monument stands proud on Easby Moor. Roseberry Topping is in the distance.

Rocks on Hilltop by Captain Cooks Monument - - 1767207

Rocks on Hilltop by the monument. The hazy outline of the Cleveland Hills can be seen in the distant background

Boundary Stone, Easby Moor - - 942288

Boundary Stone and pretty heather, Easby Moor

The Cleveland Way above Gribdale - - 923641

The Cleveland Way above Gribdale. The Cleveland Way runs north - south here, and looking south, Captain Cook's monument stands on the skyline. Three paragliders are also caught by the camera.

Path on the edge of Great Ayton Moor - - 1628837

Path on the edge of Great Ayton Moor in summer. The Captain Cook Monument is on the far skyline.

School Mill Dam - - 598893

School Mill Dam in Great Ayton. Ayton once had three mills. Most visitors are familiar with the lower weir. This is the one providing power to the School Mill higher upstream. In times of low flow in the River Leven there was some animosity between the mill owners.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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