Roseberry Topping is described as a mountain on early maps. Standing no higher than 320m it offers fantastic panoramic views of the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cleveland Hills. Roseberry Topping can be identified even by the most novice hill-goer by striking features that can be seen from distances of up to 20 miles away on the horizon.
During the industrial revolution Roseberry Topping was mined for it’s ironstone and jet and during the night in the year of 1912 the west face collapsed, creating the distinctive features we see today. History surrounds Roseberry Topping as can be seen by looking southeast from the summit towards Easby Moor. Here in 1827 a monument was erected in honour of the great explorer Captain James Cook (1728-79). Captain Cook was born in Marton, Middlesbrough – just 4 miles away and was educated in a village called Great Ayton at the foot of Easby Moor. A pleasant walk can be achieved from Roseberry Topping to Easby Moor taking in the array of flora and fauna that meets the eye.
Every year Roseberry Topping is climbed by many, families and dedicated walkers alike. For most it is a hilltop climbed as a one-off, to enjoy the rewarding views from the summit and to be able to say at the end of the day “Today I climbed Roseberry Topping”. For many local walkers it has a special place in their heart, as the challenge of Roseberry Topping was their first outing as a child that inspired them to take up walking in later years. Even after aspiring to great mountains around the world, Roseberry Topping remains number 1 for many.
The National Trust owns Roseberry Topping and car parking is currently available at the foot of the hill. To reach the car park from afar, follow the A19 to the Stokesley (A174) turnoff. Follow the A174 for approximately 5 miles. Arriving at a roundabout take the 3rd exit to Great Ayton. Pass through Great Ayton, along side the river and over a narrow bridge. Continue to the next roundabout and take the 1st exit towards Pinchinthorpe. Parking for Roseberry Topping is on the right approximately 2 miles ahead.
Access to Roseberry Topping is gained by a cart track leading to a small wooded area. Enter the woods and turn left. At the end of the woods turn right and continue upwards. The paths are easy and enjoyable to follow.
No permits required. No use fees / summit fees. No seasonal closures.
No parking pass currently required.
Wildlife / conservation rules: Usual country code.
When To Climb
Any time of year highly recommended summer or winter being the best as spring and autumn can be a bit muddy.
Personal favourite: During the night / full moon with snow cover - fantastic.
No huts or fees. Plenty of camping / camping barns / bed and breakfasts available
No adverse conditions due to location and altitude so websites / phone numbers not required. No webcams.