Roseberry Topping Walk
Climb to the summit of this distinctive hill near Guisborough and enjoy wonderful views across the beautiful North York Moors National Park. The circular walk runs for a distance of about 2 miles but is still quite a challenging climb. The summit has a symbolic half-cone shape and jagged cliff, which has been likened to the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The area is managed by the National Trust so there are very good footpaths to take you to the summit.
The walk starts at the car park just to the west of the hill, and heads along Roseberry Lane and through Newton Wood and Roseberry Common to the summit. There are wonderful views of the Cleveland plain and the Pennines on a clear day. From the summit you descend toward Newton Wood for another woodland section where you can see bluebells in the spring months. Also look out for roe deer and woodpeckers on this part of the walk.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Cleveland Way and head east to the Guisborough Forest and Walkway. You could also climb to Captain Cook's Monument for more wonderful views of the area.
Another similar climb can be found at Eston, Middlesbrough. From Eston Nab there are more splendid views over the moors to the coast. You can follow the Cleveland Way through Hutton Lowcross Woods to reach the nab.
PostcodeTS9 6QR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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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.
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 about a mile south of the hill. You can follow public footpaths north from here to take you up to the summit on an alternative route. The station is on the Esk Valley Line which runs from Middlesbrough to Whitby.
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 hill and Captain Cook's Monument.
Head a couple of miles north east into the town of Guisborough and you could pay a visit to Gisborough Priory. The Augustinian priory 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.