Great Ayton, Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook's Monument

A walk in the North York Moors ational Park to Roseberry Topping, which is the most prominent and popular hilltop in the Middlesbrough area. This walk takes us to the top of Roseberry Topping then across accessible moorland to Captain Cook's Monument before returning over moor and countryside to the starting point in Great Ayton.

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Start: Great Ayton Distance: 7.0 miles (11.2 km) Climbing: 409 metres
Grid Ref: NZ557106 Time: 3-4 hours Rating: Moderate
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Start: Great Ayton Distance: 7.0 miles (11.2 km)
Grid Ref: NZ557106 Time: 3-4 hours
Climbing: 409 metres Rating: Moderate
GPX Route File Google Earth File
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The Walk:

The approach from Great AytonThe approach from Great Ayton
Lovely countryside below Roseberry ToppingLovely countryside below Roseberry Topping

Roseberry Topping near Guisborough, a monument to the folk of Middlesbrough is a unique hill because of the unusual shape of its peak. It is not high by any means at about 280 metres but the climb is a short stiff pull that clears the airways and lethargy from the most languid walkers. I did the climb many times as a youngster and once in recent times with Dave.

Lil and me on Roseberry ToppingLil and me on Roseberry Topping
Looking back to the summitLooking back to the summit

This time a bright sunny January morning told me it was the time to show my future wife Lil my famous childhood hill. The walk we did was from a start in the quaint town of Great Ayton. We left the town and headed in a beeline straight for the hill. Lil said "I can't do that climb" but I reassured her and before long she was over half way up at the Folly building. After a short break we strode up to the top and she was there.

Roseberry Topping seen from Newton MoorRoseberry Topping seen from Newton Moor
Great Ayton MoorGreat Ayton Moor

It is a perfect small walk for most new walkers and one of my recommended 'training' walks. As the picture shows we were blessed with lovely winter sunshine which always makes you feel better for being outdoors. Lil felt a sense of achievement now and it was all smiles from her at the top.

Captain Cook's MonumentCaptain Cook's Monument
A final look back to Roseberry ToppingA final look back to Roseberry Topping

We paused on the summit of Roseberry Topping to take in the tremendous views and when we had taken them all in we made on to Captain Cook's monument. The walk is hilly but apart from the last pull up to the monument itself it is not at all difficult. After walking down from the monument to Great Ayton we made our day complete by going to Whitby for tea. Lovely!

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