North York Moors CAM

Friday 7th April 2000

Today's short evening walk - Roseberry Topping ( 2 miles )


Roseberry Topping

The distinctive landmark of Roseberry Topping can be seen for many miles from around Cleveland and the North York Moors - its height slightly exceeds 1000 feet but because of its isolation and distinctive shape, it appears much higher. Over the years it has been quarried for sandstone and mined for jet and ironstone - a combination of the underground ironstone workings plus surface erosion brought about the collapse of the west face in 1912 giving Roseberry Topping its present distinctive outline.

Walking to the summit is not as daunting as many make out - there are several paths to choose from and today we will take what I consider the easiest way up - a reasonably fit person can be at the top in - of an hour and the views on a clear day make the 'climb' well worth the effort - in fact, it can take longer to come back down!


Today's walk starts at the public car park (Grid Ref: 571 127) next to the village of Newton under Roseberry, one mile north-east of Great Ayton - leave the car park and head east, straight up Roseberry Lane.
The track rises gently towards Newton Wood


At the gated entrance to the wood we look back down Roseberry Lane towards the village of Newton under Roseberry


After going through the gate into Newton Wood turn right and follow a pleasant track - if you do the walk in early summer the floor is carpeted with bluebells. Where it forks, take the less tempting path uphill and left until . . .


. . . emerging at this gate.

From here we get a good view of the collapsed west face and of the strange 'folly' reputedly built by Commodore Wilson of Ayton Hall in the mid 18th Century.


A bit further up - another view of the west face from the 'folly'.


Climb the clear path ahead and pass the last dead twisted tree stump - the fallen boulders from the collapsed cliff face can be clearly seen.
Several smaller paths take a more direct route to the summit but it's easier to stay on the track that has been strengthened over the last few years with stone slabs to prevent any more erosion as it zig-zags its way up.


Soon the summit stone, which forms part of the border between Cleveland and North Yorkshire, comes into view.


In the fading light, from the summit we look south-west towards the Cleveland Hills - at most times of the day and year there are a few people up here but this evening we were the only two souls on the top.

From the top there are several routes to choose to go back down - all can be clearly seen traversing the slopes - my advice is to take the least steep route possible which will be easier on the knee joints! Don't be perturbed if a 'jogger' races past you taking giant leaps and bounds on their way down - they are much more likely to suffer an injury than you, the gentle walker!



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