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Roseberry Topping and Newton Wood walk


Though short, this is a challenging ascent of Cleveland's most famous hill.

Enjoy panoramic views from the summit of Roseberry Topping

Rosberry Topping is a fascinating place to explore for its human and geological history, as well as its abundant wildlife. After reaching the summit complete your walk by walking through Newton Wood.

The stony summit of Roseberry Topping rises above Newton Wood
Newton Wood skirts the base of Roseberry Topping Kate Horne


Map route for Roseberry Topping and Newton Wood walk
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Newton-under-Roseberry, grid ref: NZ570128


Follow the tarmac path from the toilet block and turn right up Roseberry Lane.

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Roseberry Topping viewed from the south east with a twisted larch tree in the foreground
A spur of the Cleveland Way winds up to Roseberry's summit National Trust / Gareth Wilson


Climb the steps at the end of the lane and enter Newton Wood through the kissing gate. Turn immediately left to follow the bottom edge of the woods. Newton Wood is probably the best example of semi-natural oak woodland in the Cleveland area. There's plenty of wildlife to spot at any time of year, including roe deer and woodpeckers. It's also renowned for its bluebells in spring.

A sun dappled carpet of bluebells in Cliff Ridge Wood
Bluebells carpet Cliff Ridge Wood and Newton Wood in spring National Trust / Stephen Morley


Turn right to climb the stone path that follows the edge of the woodland. 'We may roam far and wide before we see. A finer sight than here from Rosebury' from a sonnet by George Tweddell 1870.


Follow the stone path as it turns left, through a gate onto Roseberry Common. The rocks that form Roseberry Topping were laid down during the Jurassic period. Every step you take towards the summit represents around 5,000 years in geological time. Look out for fossils in any rocks you pass as you climb.


After enjoying the view from the summit, descend on the stone path on the opposite side of the hill to where you came up.

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A portrait of Captain James Cook (1728-1779) after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland
Captain James Cook (1728-1779) after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland National Trust Images / Andrew Fetherston


At the fence turn right and continue through a gate to the folly.

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Continue on the grassy path between the gorse and pass through the gate back into Newton Wood.


Turn left, then immediately right, down a steep path through the wood.


Continue straight on at the clearing to the path that follows the bottom edge of the wood, back to the gate at the end of Roseberry Lane.


Go through the gate and return to the car park down the lane.


Newton-under-Roseberry, grid ref: NZ570128

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Roseberry Topping and Newton Wood walk


This is a challenging route with steep sections and uneven terrain. Walking boots are recommended.

Dogs welcome; dog bins available in car park.

Roseberry Topping and Newton Wood walk

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Roseberry Topping and Newton Wood walk

How to get here

Cleveland, Newton-under-Roseberry, North Yorkshire, TS9 6QR
By train

Great Ayton Station, 1.5 miles (2.4km) from start of walk.

By road

On A173 between Guisborough and Great Ayton. Car park (not National Trust) at Newton-under-Roseberry (charge applies). Postcode for Sat Nav: TS9 6QR.

By foot

The Cleveland Way crosses the property.

By bus

Arriva 81a and Moorsbus M2; alight at Newton-under-Roseberry.

Roseberry Topping and Newton Wood walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilet facilities in car park at Newton-under-Roseberry (not National Trust)
  • Mobility toilet in car park at Newton-under-Roseberry (not National Trust)
  • Dogs are very welcome