Roseberry Topping woodland wildlife walk

Roseberry Topping, Newton-under-Roseberry, North Yorkshire

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Look out for woodland birds like the acrobatic blue tit © Tony Hisgett

Look out for woodland birds like the acrobatic blue tit

Delicate wood anemones flower in shady parts of the woods © Gareth Wilson

Delicate wood anemones flower in shady parts of the woods

It's easier to hear than see the shy green woodpecker © Jans Canon

It's easier to hear than see the shy green woodpecker

Tiny and colourful pinhead fungi © Gareth Wilson

Tiny and colourful pinhead fungi

In May Newton Wood is awash with bluebells © Gareth Wilson

In May Newton Wood is awash with bluebells

Route overview

While most visitors to Roseberry Topping head straight for the hill, there's plenty to see in the woods too. This walk will take you to some of the best wildlife spots in the woods and point out a few historical features too.

Route details

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Woodland wildlife walk map, Roseberry Topping
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Public Car Park in Newton-under-Roseberry.

  1. Turn right at the end of the path out of the car park and follow the wide track.

  2. At the end of the lane go up the steps and go through the kissing gate to enter Newton Wood. Turn right and follow the path along the bottom edge of the wood.

  3. Stay right where the path forks. Stay on the bottom path all the way through Newton Wood.

    Show/HideHomes for birds

    The National Trust manage the woodland at Roseberry Topping for wildlife. Our volunteers have helped us put up bird boxes throughout the woods. During April and May, look out for blue tits bringing caterpillars back for their chicks. They may need to collect as many as 10,000 to raise their brood.

    Look out for woodland birds like the acrobatic blue tit © Tony Hisgett
  4. As the path leaves the wood, turn left onto a wide track and continue for 55 yards (50m).

    Show/HideWoodland flowers

    Plants like wood anenome, lesser celendine and wild garlic need to make the most of the sunlight that reaches the woodland floor before the trees are in full leaf. Look out for them in spring and early summer.

    Delicate wood anemones flower in shady parts of the woods © Gareth Wilson
  5. Take the left hand fork at the National Trust sign. Continue straight into Cliff Ridge Wood, staying right where the path forks again.

    Show/HideWoodland birds

    There are many woodland bird that can be spotted around the woods. Listen out for the call of the green woodpecker. It's quite distinctive, sounding like hoarse laughter.

    It's easier to hear than see the shy green woodpecker © Jans Canon
  6. Upon reaching an old metal gate and another National Trust sign, turn left and follow the path uphill.

    Show/HideFantastic fungi

    You can spot fungi all year around, but autumn, just before the trees start to drop their leaves is the best time to look. Fungi come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. How many different types can you spot?

    Tiny and colourful pinhead fungi © Gareth Wilson
  7. Cross the stile to leave the wood and turn left.

  8. Go over another stile back into the wood and turn right. Leave the wood again through a kissing gate and continue straight on towards the cottage.

  9. At the cottage, bear left and follow the path along the edge of the field.

  10. Go through the kissing gate back into Newton Wood and turn immediately right through a sharp dip.

  11. Turn right at the end of the path and follow the path at the top of the wood.

  12. After climbing some log steps continue straight on for 220 yards (200m). Bear left onto the path that descends down through the wood.

    Show/HideBeautiful bluebells

    Bluebells are a real British speciality and Newton Wood is one of the best places to enjoy them in the area. In May the clearing along the top path is awash in a sea of blue as these delicate plants flower. Don't forget your camera for some stunning shots.

    In May Newton Wood is awash with bluebells © Gareth Wilson
  13. Rejoin the bottom path and retrace your steps back to the car park.

End: Public Car Park in Newton-under-Roseberry

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 3.3 miles (5.3 km)
  • Time: Allow around 90 minutes for this walk
  • OS Map: OS Explorer OL26
  • Terrain:

    Tracks and paths that can be muddy, especially in winter. There are some quite steep sections. This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

  • How to get here:

    On foot: The Cleveland Way crosses the property
    By bus: Arriva bus route 81a and Moorsbus route M2; alight at Newton-under-Roseberry
    By train: Great Ayton Station is 1½ miles from the start of the walk
    By car: On the A173 between Guisborough and Great Ayton. Car park (non-NT) at Newton-under-Roseberry (a charge applies). Postcode for Sat Nav: TS9 6QR

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