Captain Cook’s Adventure

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

There are two memorable landmarks that dominate the lands near Great Ayton; the iconic peak of Roseberry Topping and the 51 foot high monument to the adventurer 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 climbed Captain Cook’s Monument first. Breaking out of the woods on to the moors reveals excellent views of the northern rim of the main York Moors (as long as the monument itself is not in the way!) The way to Roseberry Topping is also clear. It is a highly enjoyable romp with an exhilarating finish on the fine summit sandwicjed betweenthe moors and the industrial wastes of Teesside. The return is through some more woodland to complete what is a varied and intriguing walk.

Recommend: If ever there was a walk for younger  children this is it, this time though 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