GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Roseberry Topping Walk

2 miles (3 km)

Climb to the summit of this distinctivehill 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 jaggedcliff, which has been likened to the MatterhorninSwitzerland. 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.


TS9 6QR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Roseberry Topping OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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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.

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 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 theEsk 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 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.
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To the south westthere'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.


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The path from Aireyholme Farm just enters the southeast corner of the gridsquare, hence this view of the unique hill which rises to 320m above Mean Sea Level.

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Roseberry Topping. Looking north from Clay Bank. Spotlighted for a few brief seconds by the sun. One theory is that the topping owes its profile to a collapse of the west side during the nineteenth century because of iron ore mining. Captain Cooks monument on Easby Moor is also visible from here to the middle right of pic.

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Newton under Roseberry from Roseberry Topping

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Roseberry Topping In the background Captain Cooks monument is just about visible

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Flank of Roseberry Topping. On the climb to the summit, this level ground provides a welcome opportunity to catch your breath. Showing the summerhouse and Newton Wood beyond.

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Summer House, Roseberry Topping. I caught this picture in the evening sunlight with the Cleveland Hill range in the background. There is some controversy about the function of this building it being referred to as a summerhouse, shooting box and folly.

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Trig. Point, Roseberry Topping. With the sun shining on Middlesbrough in the distance.

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The path up Roseberry Topping. The zig-zags stand out clearly. On top of the hill are members of a primary school trip from Leeds. A much better choice than going to Alton Towers!


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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