The Topping can look at daunting prospect from the start line © Gareth Wilson

The Topping can look at daunting prospect from the start line

Gorse adds a splash of colour to the moonscape of the quarry. © Gareth Wilson

Gorse adds a splash of colour to the moonscape of the quarry.

Enjoy panoramic views from the summit of Roseberry Topping © Gareth Wilson

Enjoy panoramic views from the summit of Roseberry Topping

Route overview

A scenic and challenging route around the National Trust’s land at Roseberry Topping. The varied terrain includes winding woodland paths, magnificent views, tough ascents and fast descents.

Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

The route of the Roseberry Romp
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Roseberry Lane

  1. Start at the gate at the bottom of Roseberry Lane. Head straight up the lane and go through the kissing gate into the wood.

    Show/HideThe only way is up

    With around 320m of climb in the route this is definitely a route for runners who enjoy a challenge.

    The Topping can look at daunting prospect from the start line © Gareth Wilson
  2. Once in the wood turn immediately right and follow the bottom path ignoring all paths to the left until you emerge from the woods onto a track.

  3. Turn left on the track, then immediately fork left to take the narrow path to the left of the National Trust sign. Follow this path until you reach an old metal kissing gate.

  4. Bear left to follow the path that climbs up through the wood. Cross the stile at the top of the path and turn left. Cross another stile and turn right. Do not cross the next stile, but turn left just before it and climb the hill to reach Cliff Ridge Quarry.

    Show/HideCliff Ridge Quarry

    Take a moment to enjoy the dramatic landscape of the quarry and the fantastic views over the surrounding area.

    Gorse adds a splash of colour to the moonscape of the quarry. © Gareth Wilson
  5. Follow the path around the edge of the quarry, passing through two gates. Keep the fence on your right as you drop down back into the wood. At the T junction turn right and follow the path along the top edge of the wood.

  6. Upon reaching a bench turn right through the kissing gate to begin your ascent to the summit of Roseberry. Pass through a gate at the far side of the field and then bear left up a rough path to reach the top.

    Show/HideRosberry Topping summit

    Congratulations - you made it! This is a good spot to get your breath back and take in the views.

    Enjoy panoramic views from the summit of Roseberry Topping © Gareth Wilson
  7. Take the stone path down from Roseberry Topping, then head for the summit of Little Roseberry ahead of you. Bear left to tak the rough path that leads to the summit.

  8. Continue on the path over the summit and bear left to follow the track down hill. When the path forks take the right hand path and follow it until you reach the gate at the edge of the common.

  9. Do not go through the gate, but cross the stone track and bear left onto the narrow path that continues downhill. When the path forks, bear right each time until you reach a gate. Go through the gate and follow Roseberry Lane back to the start.

  • Trail: Running
  • Grade: Hard
  • Distance: Approx 8 km/5 miles
  • Time: Most runners can complete the course in less than 55 minutes
  • Terrain:

    A hilly route with a mixture paths and tracks that can be slippery and uneven.

  • How to get here:

    The route starts from the Public Car Park in Newton under Roseberry - Grid ref: NZ570128. Post code: TS9 6QR

     

  • Facilities:

     Toilets (not NT) are available during the day at the car park.