Roseberry Topping

  • An iconic hill with a distinctive shape
  • Great views over industry or moors
  • Great picnic spots on the steep slopes

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 but there are so many routes up I recommend you just pick whichever takes your fancy, you simply cannot go wrong.

Total height to climb: 173 ms

Recommend: I don’t offer too many warnings but beware the summit cliff, particularly with children or in my case the dog.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors western area
Start Point: NZ570128. The main car park near Newton under Roseberry is the best place to view and climb the hill
Height to Climb: 184 ms (605 feet)
Terrain: Roseberry Topping is riddled with good paths, I have suggested my favourite route but do choose yours!
Eating & Drinking: The King's Head is closely linked with Roseberry Topping, just at its foot serving good food and a pint or tea for various thirsty tastes
Similar Walks Nearby: Captain Cook’s Adventure
Circuit from Ingleby Greenhow
Beacon Hill from Danby
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