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Captain Cook’s Adventure

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  • Visiting two prominent landmarks
  • Enjoyable section of the Cleveland Way
  • Excellent views throughout the walk

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There are two memorable landmarks that dominate the lands near Great Ayton; the iconic peak that is Roseberry Topping and the 51 foot high monument to Captain Cook. Both can be visited in a simple but extremely interesting walk from Great Ayton and are linked by a short section of the Cleveland Way. I did Captain Cook’s Monument first, breaking out of the woods on to a section of moorland with excellent views of the rim of the main Yorkshire Moors (as long as the monument itself is not in the way!) The way to Roseberry Topping is also clear and is a highly enjoyable yomp with an exhilarating finish high above the industrial wastes of Teesside. The return is through some more woodland to complete what was a really varied and intriguing walk.

Recommend: If ever there was a walk for younger  children this is it but I enjoyed it without!

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 The North York Moors West Buy Map
Start Point: NZ563106. Park near the information centre and head towards Great Ayton train station
Height to Climb: 305ms (1000 feet)
Terrain: Very good throughout, much on the Cleveland Way or major paths
Eating & Drinking: Great Ayton has some splendid pubs and tea shops overlooking the stream running through its centre
Similar Walks Nearby: A short walk up Beacon Hill from Danby
Roseberry Topping climbed
Low level walking from Ingleby Greenhow
Places to Stay:

 

Church House Farm B & B, Danby




Comments

  1. maria giles says:

    The best scenery xx

  2. jonny pyman says:

    My Dad, who hailed from Sandsend, liked the Matterhorn of Cleveland. He knew from the 1930s, but it was in 1912 that I’m told it fell apart to give it the shape he loved. Mining and geology saw it partly collapse back in the Titanic’s first and final year. Grand little summit, far reaching views. Well worth the short ascent through the woods, or the longer way round as part of the Cook connection. If you are interested in that then take in Whitby, and move on the Bram Stoker and Dracula. Try Dunsley Hall Hotel as a centre.

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