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Roseberry Topping Walks, Visiting and Local Information

Roseberry Topping is a very distinctive hill in North Yorkshire. It is a beautiful place to explore. This article covers the different Roseberry Topping walks and much more about the area.

If you are visiting the North York Moors, Roseberry Topping is a fantastic place to wander and explore. It is a peak located in North Yorkshire, England, near Great Ayton and Newton under Roseberry. Roseberry Topping forms a symbolic image for the area, even featured in the nearby Teesside International Airport logo. It is 1,049 feet and offers spectacular views from the top. This article covers the different Roseberry Topping walks, local information and much more.

Roseberry Topping Walks
Roseberry Topping in Spring offers colourful and bright walks.
  • It was thought that Roseberry Topping was the highest peak on the North York Moors, standing at 1,049 feet (320 m). However, there are 15 higher peaks, and Urra Moor nearby is the highest, reaching 1,490 feet (450 m).
  • It may be less than a third of the size of Scafell Pike, but it has become a unique landmark for the surrounding area. It’s a charming climb that many people flock to hike yearly.
  • Mining subsidence and geological faults appear to have caused a landslip in 1914 that resulted in the summit’s current shape.
  • Roseberry Topping is now under the ownership and care of the National Trust.

How difficult is it to climb Roseberry Topping?

There is a selection of different routes you can take to suit you. Roseberry Topping is considered an easy walk where you quickly reach the summit. It does get steep in parts but overall. It’s an excellent walk for all ages, including children and those with a reasonable level of fitness and mobility. However, please note that the paths can be very muddy and slippery after rain, so take care.

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How long does it take to walk up Roseberry Topping?

The answer to this question will depend on the route you choose but on average, it takes between 2 and 3 hours to reach the top of Roseberry Topping. The shortest walk you can take is 1.3 miles. It’s a circular route that you can complete in an hour.

Which is the best route to take to climb Roseberry Topping?

Many walking routes around Roseberry Topping vary in length and difficulty, with some featuring fantastic hidden views. We have picked out three we consider the best walking routes to climb Roseberry Topping, so there will be one suitable for you.

Roseberry Topping Walks

Summit of Roseberry Topping
Summit of Roseberry Topping, image from Tripadvisor.

The quickest circular route to the top of Roseberry Topping

1 hour | 1.3 miles (2.2 km) | easy, short but steep walk | Ideal for families

Beginning at the public car park, this is the quickest and most direct way to tackle Roseberry Topping. It is a 1.3-mile route, which you can complete in an hour, depending on your fitness level and how long you spend admiring the view.

We often do this walk with a young family, which takes an hour and is suitable for children 4+. This walk begins with a flat walk up Roseberry Lane with Roseberry Topping in full view. From here, it’s a direct route to the top. There are steep parts but nothing too strenuous. We like to take a picnic when we reach the top to enjoy a view. You can follow the entire route here.

The climb up Roseberry Topping, Roseberry Topping walking routes
This moderate circular route to Roseberry Topping is ideal for a day trip to reach the summit then explore the area. Image from Tripadvisor. 

A moderate circular route to Roseberry Topping

2 hours | 2.9 miles (4.8 km) | Moderate | Ideal for a day trip

If you want a little more challenge but a short enough walk to fit into the day with time to continue exploring the surrounding area, this route is perfect. It’s a circular trail which takes 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours to complete depending on your fitness level. In addition, it’s a popular route for bird watching and mountain biking.

The route takes the shortest route to the top, which means initially, it’s a steep climb to get to the top but not too difficult. You turn right into Roseberry Lane from the car park and follow the trail until you reach Newton Wood, head straight through the wood. Follow the steps up until you get above the trees. Take care here after wet weather as it can be very slippery.

View from the summit of Roseberry Topping, Roseberry Topping, Walks, Visiting & More
View from the summit of Roseberry Topping, image from Tripadvisor.

Reaching the summit of Roseberry Topping

Take a right to follow a stone path that will take you out of the trees. You will go through a gate and then follow the clear path to reach the summit. After admiring the view, head down the rocky path along the Cleveland Way, climbing up to Slack’s Wood and Little Roseberry. From here, you follow the path keeping the wall immediately to your left across Pinchinthorpe Moor, through another gate and Hanging Stone Wood.

Hanging Stone Wood to Car Park

From Hanging Stone Wood, follow the path through the forest round to the left to get down to the track running back towards Roseberry Topping and Roseberry Common. You can follow one of the several paths running through the woods here as long as you are aiming towards Roseberry Topping. You will reach another gate back onto Roseberry Common. Head round the edge by bearing right and following the path. This will take you along Bridlegill Road, Roseberry Lane, and the car park. You can follow the full route and find more information here.

Roseberry Topping, Walks, Visiting & More
Countryfile features a Roseberry Topping walking route that is more challenging and a great way to admire the area.

Countryfile’s longer circular route to Roseberry Topping 

5 hours | 7.8 miles ( 12.5 km) | moderate-challenging | Ideal for hikers and nature lovers

Countryfile features a Roseberry Topping walking route that is more challenging and a great way to admire the area. This walk is one of the best ways to see bluebells in the UK during Spring.

This walk begins from the village green in Great Ayton and takes you along High Street before you turn left onto Newton Road. You will take the gate to your right and follow the footpath past Cleveland Lodge. Cross the railway line with care and follow the pathway until you reach Cliff Ridge Wood, filled with bluebells in Spring.

Wander past Aireyholme Farm, where Captain Cook worked 

Steps lead up to the main footpath and a kissing gate. Next, you turn right along the edge of a field leading to a stile. Not far from here is Aireyholme Farm. This farm is where Captain James Cook worked when he was young. Follow Aireyholme Lane until you reach the junction, head over at the crossroads and continue straight along the bridleway up the hill.

Next, you climb uphill through Auyton Banks Wood onto Easby Moor, where you can follow the path round to the right and head directly for Captain Cook’s Monument for incredible views of the Vale of York and the Cleveland Hills.

You will follow the Cleveland Way from the monument, guiding you North across Easby Moor and Little Ayton Moor into a forest track. Keep going over Cockshaw Hill. The trail will take you across Great Ayton Moor, heading left over Newton Moor and turning left again across Roseberry Common. From here, you climb the stone steps to reach the summit of Roseberry Topping.

Bluebell woodland near Roseberry Topping
Bluebell woodland, image from tripadvisor.

Wander through bluebell filled woodland

Savour the views and then take the northward path to reach a trail known as Brant Gate. Next, you will head downhill to meet Roseberry Lane and take the bridleway south. This path is steady and through the trees where blankets of bluebells cover the woodland floor. You will continue downhill until you turn left along the foot of the wood and join a stone track.

Follow a National Trust sign into Cliff Ridge Wood; this path makes its way along the bottom edge of Cliff Ridge Wood to the path junction you first encountered on your outward route. Turn right and retrace your steps across the railway line and into Great Ayton. Follow their full route and find more information here.

Where can I park near Roseberry Topping?

There is a car park for those visiting Roseberry Topping; it is nearby on the A173 and maintained by the National Trust. Postcode: TS9 6QS. This car park can get very busy though, especially at weekends. There is also a pay and display car park 300 yards north of the National Trust car park, up the A173 road, and past the King’s Head Inn.

We hope this article has helped you plan your walk to Roseberry Topping; with so many fantastic routes, it’s a great place to visit over and at different times of the year to see the landscape change throughout the seasons. Let us know in the comments if you have tried any of our suggested walking routes; we love hearing about your experiences.

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