Roseberry Topping from Great Ayton station walk

Walking trail

Leave the car behind on this walk starting at Great Ayton station, taking in many of the features that make Roseberry Topping so special.

Discover fascinating history, fabulous wildlife and the 360 degree panoramic views that can be enjoyed from the summit.

Roseberry Topping across autumnal treetops and fields


Map route for Roseberry Topping from Great Ayton station walk


Great Ayton station, grid ref: NZ574107


Turn right on leaving the station and follow the road, taking care for traffic.


Turn left at White House Farm and follow the road uphill to Airy Holme Farm.


Go through the farmyard. Turn right at the end of the yard to continue on the track.

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After 765yd (700m) turn left onto a footpath. Cross a stile and continue towards Roseberry Topping.


At the top of the field cross another stile. Continue forward onto a stone pitched path that leads to the summit.

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Retrace your steps back down to the stile. Do not cross the stile, but turn right and follow the fence line down. Go through the gate and follow the path through the field to the right of the folly.

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Go through the gate into Newton Wood. Turn left and follow the path along the top edge of the wood.

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After passing through a clearing bear left where the path forks.


Go right at the T junction and follow the path down through the woods.


Where the path leaves the wood, turn left onto a wide track and continue for 55yd (50m).


Take the left hand fork at the National Trust sign. Continue straight on into Cliff Ridge Wood, sticking to the right when the path forks again.

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Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young at nest hole


At the end of the path leave the wood through a kissing gate. Follow the path on the right hand side of the fence across the field. Cross the stile and turn right on the road. Retrace your steps back to the car park.


Great Ayton station, grid ref: NZ574107

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Roseberry Topping from Great Ayton station walk


This walk follows paths and tracks that can get muddy, especially in winter. The walk is quite hilly and the ascent of Roseberry Topping is particularly steep.

Dogs are welcome.

Roseberry Topping from Great Ayton station walk

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Roseberry Topping from Great Ayton station walk

How to get here

Great Ayton, North Yorkshire
By train

Daily service between Middlesbrough and Whitby, stopping at Great Ayton. This walk starts from Great Ayton station, 1 mile (1.6km) from village centre.

By road

Great Ayton is on the A172 between Stokesley and Guisborough. Parking in Great Ayton High Street. Postcode for Sat Nav: TS9 6BW.

By bus

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

Roseberry Topping from Great Ayton station walk

Facilities and access

  • Roadside parking and public toilets in Great Ayton
  • Dogs are welcome