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Roseberry Topping

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Roseberry Topping
Author: Peter Truman, Published: 20 Mar 2010 Walk Rating:star1 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide star1 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide star1 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide star1 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide star1 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, North York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Roseberry Topping
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Roseberry Topping Walking Guide boot Roseberry Topping Walking Guide boot Roseberry Topping Walking Guide boot Roseberry Topping Walking Guide
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The distinctive shape of Roseberry Topping is clearly visible from a good distance away and whilst not the highest point in the North York Moors, it is much more recognisable. It's 320m above sea level, some 130m lower than the nearby Urra Moor and makes a fine walk on its own or as part of a longer walk in the area. The views from the top are big and broad making it a popular destination.
It's quite a steep climb to get to the top but not difficult - the walk here takes the shortest route to the top rather than a more gentle approach, although to reach the very top there is no gentle approach! The walk here takes between 2 and 3 hours.
Do note that after rain the paths can be very muddy and slippery, so do take care and you might find walking poles very helpful when descending the very rocky and quite tricky path from the summit.

Roseberry Topping has many historical connections. Bronze Age and Iron Age remains have been found on the slopes. Captain Cook was born in 1736 on a farm in the nearby village of Great Ayton and apparently was a favourite destination as a boy. The area was part of a game estate and an old hunting shelter is still on the southern part of the hill.
Mining subsidence and geological faults appear to have caused a landslip in 1914 that have resulted in the current shape of the summit.
Roseberry Topping is now under the ownership and care of the National Trust.

There's a car park just outside the village of Newton under Roseberry on the A173 road between Guisborough and Great Ayton.

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Walk Sections

Car Park to Newton Wood
Car Park to Newton Wood

Start point: 54.5076 lat, -1.1205 long
End point: 54.5067 lat, -1.1118 long

From the gap at the northern end of the car park turn right into Roseberry Lane. Follow the track until you reach Newton Wood straight ahead of you and go straight up through the wood, following the steps up until you get above the trees.
The lane can be very muddy after wet weather so take care not to slip and get covered in mud at this point in the walk, there's plenty of opportunity later!

Newton Wood to Roseberry Topping summit
Newton Wood to Roseberry Topping summit

Start point: 54.5067 lat, -1.1205 long
End point: 54.5055 lat, -1.107 long

Turn right along the stone path that takes you out of the trees. Turn left and through the gate and follow the path to the summit. Just follow the stone path that takes you to the left hand side of the summit where you will get an excellent view and clear appreciation of how Roseberry Topping acquired its distinctive shape.

Summit to Little Roseberry
Summit to Little Roseberry

Start point: 54.5055 lat, -1.107 long
End point: 54.507 lat, -1.0952 long

Once you have admired the superb views all round from the summit, follow the rocky path down the eastern side and along the Cleveland Way climbing up gently again to Slack's Wood and Black Bank on your right and Little Roseberry.

Pinchinthorpe Moor
Pinchinthorpe Moor

Start point: 54.507 lat, -1.0952 long
End point: 54.5065 lat, -1.0938 long

From Little Roseberry follow the oath a short distance until you get to the wall and go through this gate. Turn sharp left and follow the path keeping the wall immediately to your left across Pinchinthorpe Moor, through another gate and through Hanging Stone Wood. In March 2010 this wood was cut to the ground along the top of the moor although some larger trees remained further down.

Hanging Stone Wood to Car Park
Hanging Stone Wood to Car Park

Start point: 54.5065 lat, -1.0938 long
End point: 54.5076 lat, -1.1205 long

Follow the path through the forest (or stumps) and round to the left to get down to the track running back towards Roseberry Topping and Roseberry Common. There are several paths running through the woods here and it doesn't make much difference which you follow - just keep aiming towards Roseberry Topping (really!). This will bring you through another gate back onto Roseberry Common.
Once again there are plenty of paths around the base of Roseberry Topping but we suggest you skirt round to the edge of the common by bearing right and then following the path round. This will take you along the Bridlegill Road (a muddy path) and back to Roseberry Lane and back to the car park.

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2 comments for "Roseberry Topping"

Walked this today with my husband, sons and dog and we loved it!!!

By Lisadavis on 04 May 2015

walked this today 17th January and it was covered in snow very difficult conditions very icy on ascent .

By craigsuperke on 17 Jan 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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11 gallery images for "Roseberry Topping"

121_0ptruman1269040107 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Mar 2010
Path up through Newton Wood from end of Roseberry Lane
121_1ptruman1269040107 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Mar 2010
Stone path towards Roseberry Topping summit
121_2ptruman1269040107 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Mar 2010
Close view of the summit showing its shape caused by a landslip in 1914
121_3ptruman1269040107 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Mar 2010
Looking north and out to sea from the summit
121_4ptruman1269040107 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Mar 2010
Looking east from the summit
121_0ptruman1269040258 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Mar 2010
At the summit
121_1ptruman1269040259 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Mar 2010
From the Cleveland Way path towards Roseberry Topping
121_2ptruman1269040259 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Mar 2010
From Little Roseberry towards Roseberry Topping (along the Cleveland Way)
121_3ptruman1269040259 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Mar 2010

121_0clairesharpuk1344275867 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: Claire
Uploaded: 06 Aug 2012
Map sketch of the route
121_0mumloo1485969141 Roseberry Topping Walking Guide Image by: mumloo
Uploaded: 01 Feb 2017

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