Roseberry Topping & Captain Cook's Monument

Walking trail

Beginning from Great Ayton village green, you'll pass through woods and farmland before climbing the hill to Captain Cook's Monument.

After viewing the monument, you'll join the Cleveland Way over the moor as far as Roseberry Topping, then drop back down through oak woodland to rejoin the footpath to Great Ayton on which you started.

A stone path winds up the south eastern slopes of Roseberry Topping


Ordnance Survey map of Roseberry Topping to Captain Cook's Monument walking trail


Great Ayton village green, grid ref: NZ562106


From the village green, cross the road to the shops and turn right along the main street. Just around the corner you'll see a metal gate in the wall on the opposite side of the road. Cross and go through the gate.

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A portrait of Captain James Cook (1728-1779) after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland


Follow the footpath until you reach a railway line. Cross, and continue up the side of the field until you reach Cliff Ridge Wood.


Climb a handful of steps onto the main footpath then continue on the path ahead of you which leads uphill. Go through the kissing gate at the top and turn right. Follow the field edge and cross a stile before dropping down to cross another stile onto Aireyholme Lane.

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Turn right and follow the lane. Go straight over at the crossroads after the bridge. Continue straight on along the bridleway until you reach the forest.


Take the footpath to the left and and follow the wall on the left. On reaching the forest track turn right and almost immediately left up a steep hill.


At the top follow the path round to the right and head towards Captain Cooks Monument.


After admiring the view follow the Cleveland Way North away from the monument towards Roseberry Topping. You'll drop down onto a forest track which will lead you to Gribdale car park and picnic area.


Continue across the road and follow the Cleveland Way across the moor. You'll reach a gate in a dry stone wall. Go through and continue on the pitched path downhill approaching Roseberry Topping.

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Follow the stone steps up to the top and admire the 360 views encompassing everything from the sea to sprawling housing estates, heavy industry and National park. With your back to where you came from take the path on your left which leads down the side of Roseberry, then bear right following the fence line to a field. Cross the field diagonally and follow the path down to the right of the folly to Newton Wood.

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Turn left along the path in the woods and follow this all the way along, taking a right when the path forks so that you continue downhill. At the bottom go left and follow the path along the bottom of the wood until you meet a stone track.


Turn left along the track then bear left onto the footpath into Cliff Ridge wood when you see the National Trust sign. Follow this path along the bottom edge of the wood until you reach the footpath crossing you passed near the start of the walk. Turn right and follow the same path back into Great Ayton.


Great Ayton village green, grid ref: NZ562106

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Roseberry Topping & Captain Cook's Monument


There are some steep climbs in this walk. Many of the footpaths are uneven and can be muddy. There are steps and stiles on the route.

Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead near livestock.

Roseberry Topping & Captain Cook's Monument

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Roseberry Topping & Captain Cook's Monument

How to get here

Great Ayton, North Yorkshire
By train

Daily service between Middlesbrough and Whitby, stopping at Great Ayton.

By road

Great Ayton is on the A172 between Stokesley and Guisborough.

By bus

Arriva bus 81a, Moorsbus M2. Arriva bus 29 between Middlesbrough and Great Ayton.

Roseberry Topping & Captain Cook's Monument

Facilities and access

  • Roadside parking and public toilets in Great Ayton
  • Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead near livestock