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Roseberry Topping

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Few National Trust sites have such a delightful-sounding name as Roseberry Topping. This small mountain on the North Yorkshire Moors shares its name with the nearby village of Newton-under-Roseberry, although it is often dubbed the "Yorkshire Matterhorn", being popular with local climbers.

Looming suddenly out of the flat North Yorkshire Moors, Roseberry Topping is actually only a small hill, standing just 320m (1,049 feet) high. However from the top there are superb panoramic views of the surrounding area for 20 miles, as far as the Cleveland Hills.

Roseberry Topping's rather unusual shape is not entirely natural. During the Industrial Revolution the hill was mined for ironstone and jet. One night in 1912 the west face collapsed,
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leaving the distinctive scarp face that can be seen today.

Those walking up Roseberry Topping may wish to make a detour to the local monument to Captain James Cook, erected in 1827. This great explorer was born at nearby Marton and was schooled at Great Ayton.

Walking up Roseberry Topping is surprisingly popular with locals and visitors alike. Even those who go on to much higher climbs still fondly recall their first experience climbing Roseberry Topping.

Roseberry Topping is a fairly easy ascent, even for casual hill-walkers. The walk begins along a cart track from the car park at Newton-under-Roseberry and leads through a small wooded area. After the woods the path turns upwards but the walk remains easy and enjoyable with a few short stiff upward pulls. Steps have been made up the steeper stretches to aid amateur hikers.

The crest is a sharp point with a rim above a precipitous drop in all directions. The last few yards include a "bad step" challenge over a gap in the rocky slabs, but there is a way around for those unsure of their footing.

Walkers reaching the summit are rewarded with wonderful views at any time of year, although the North Yorkshire Moors are at their most beautiful in summer when covered with purple heather.

The Cleveland Escarpment looks down on a string of pretty villages including Pinchinthorpe, Potto and Little Busby. Laid our like a model village from above, amidst patchwork fields is Newton-under-Roseberry, complete with church, pub and farm buildings.

On the horizon, the smoke and steam from the industry and chemical works denote the location of Middleborough and Redcar and on a clear day the tankers and freighters on the North Sea can be spotted.

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1 mile from Great Ayton, next to Newton-Under-Roseberry village on A173 Great Ayton-Guisborough.

View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network website.

Ordnance Survey Reference:

Roseberry Topping Postcode for SatNav: YO13 0NE


+44 (0)1642 328901

c/o Peakside
YO13 0NE

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