Roseberry Topping is the iconic small hill slightly detached form the main North York Moors. The climb is a fun but short scramble with great picnic spots. The views across the moors and north to the sea are very good.
Roseberry Topping is a wonderful little hill (1050 feet of hard sandstone) full of character. It is a distinctive landmark, sandwiched as it is between industrial Teesside and the North York Moors. I climbed the ‘Matterhorn of Middlesborough’ on a cloudy summer’s day from the car park near Great Ayton. It is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish (if a little steep) with the smart little summit a perfect viewing point for all that lies around. I actually climbed the western slopes and returned via the east. However there are so many routes up I recommend you just pick whichever takes your fancy. It is almost impossible to get lost.
I don’t offer too many warnings but beware the summit cliff, particularly with children or in my case the dog.
From the summit head north for a varied descent.
Take a compass up Roseberry Topping and practice taking bearings of places and landmarks. In particular take a bearing of Captain Cook’s Monument (155 degrees) from your map. Then look across to the monument. This technique is useful when the cloud is down (which it wont be here) and you are unable to see where you want to go. It may well prove useful on the higher moors beyond.
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