Roseberry Topping : Teesside

by | Jan 22, 2020 | Go Outside, North Yorkshire, Walking

Route Information

An out-and-return circular walk Via Captain Cooks Monument

Route Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 9.96 km (6.23 miles)

Route Elevation: 318 m

Route Time: 3-4 hrs

Start and Finish: Roseberry Topping Public Car Park, Newton under Roseberry, Middlesbrough, Teesside, TS9 6QS

Depending on the featured walk and especially in mountainous areas, you may need to Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in to your own pace.


There are public toilets on the car park. There is a great pub nearby called The Kings Head Inn which serves food and fine ales. It is also dog friendly, for more information visit the Kings Head website 


Very few hazards along this route

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Weather Forecast

Roseberry Topping Weather


Part of the National Trust this family walk will take you up the second highest hill on the north Yorkshire moors. The route also takes in Captain Cooks Monument.

Roseberry Topping is part of the National Trust and is a distinctive hill coming in at 1049 ft and was once thought to be the highest hill on the North Yorkshire Moors, but the nearby Urra Moor is 400ft or so higher.

You can get to Roseberry Topping from nearby Great Ayton or Newton under Roseberry. The distinctive half cone shaped summit with a jagged cliff forms a symbolic image of the surrounding area. Formed from Sandstone from the middle and lower Jurassic periods and is considered the youngest Sandstone found in any of the National Parks in England & Wales. Captain Cook’s Monument is an obelisk 60 feet high tribute in memory of the great British explorer.

You can start the Walk from either Great Ayton or the car park from Newton under Roseberry on the A173. This walk starts from the car park given there is a pub nearby called the Kings Head, which allows pets inside and is well known in the area for serving good food.

From the car park head up Roseberry Lane and into Newton Wood and follow the ascending path towards Roseberry Topping. Once at the top admire the great views if the weather is clear before descending and heading east towards Little Roseberry. You can join the Cleveland way if you head straight on but we took a right turn and headed past Black Bank and headed towards Ayton Bank. You can see the Captain Cook’s Monument fairly easily so do not worry about getting lost.

From Ayton Bank we descended into car park and then up into Lonsdale Slack Wood, which seems to have a gradual deceiving in distance feel about it. Eventually after passing through Little Ayton Moor, we reached the Monument. After a short while we followed the same path back to Roseberry Topping. Just before reaching Roseberry Topping, we took the right-hand path through Roseberry Common and down through Cockle Scar, and back down Roseberry Lane to the car park.

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