Skip to content
A view of the summit of Roseberry Topping from the south east against a blue sky. The rocky peak is more rounded from this angle. A path zig zags up the slope of the hill and a lone tree stands amongst bracken in the foreground.
The more gentle south east face of Roseberry Topping | © National Trust/Gareth Wilson

Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook's Monument walk

Beginning at Great Ayton village green, you'll pass through woods and farmland then climb the hill to Captain Cook's Monument. From there, you'll follow the Cleveland Way to the summit of Roseberry Topping to take in the 360-degree views, before heading down through oak woodland and making your way back to Great Ayton.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Great Ayton village green, grid ref: NZ562106

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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 go over another stile onto Aireyholme Lane.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Take the footpath to the left and and follow the wall on your left. When you reach the forest track, turn right and almost immediately left up a steep hill.

Step 6

At the top, follow the path round to the right and head towards Captain Cook's Monument.

Step 7

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

View to Roseberry Topping across golden field and wooden fence in foreground, North Yorkshire
View across farmland to Roseberry Topping | © National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

Step 8

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

Step 9

Follow the stone steps up to the summit of Roseberry Topping and admire the 360-degree views, encompassing everything from the sea to sprawling housing estates, heavy industry and the National Park. Facing away from where you came, 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.

Step 10

Turn left along the path in the woods. When it forks, take a right so that you continue downhill. At the bottom, go left and follow the path along the bottom of the wood until you come to a stone track.

Step 11

Turn left on to 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.

End point

Great Ayton village green, grid ref: NZ562106

Trail map

A map of a walk to Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook's Monument
The walk from Great Ayton taking in Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook's Monument | © Crown copyright and database rights 2021 Ordnance Survey

You made it

Share your experience

More near here

View to Roseberry Topping across golden field and wooden fence in foreground, North Yorkshire

Roseberry Topping from Great Ayton station walk 

A circular walk that starts and finishes at the railway station in Great Ayton and takes in the panoramic views at the summit of Roseberry Topping.

DistanceMiles: 4 (km: 6.4)

Get in touch

Newton-under-Roseberry, North Yorkshire, TS9 6QR

Our partners

Cotswold Outdoor

We’ve partnered with Cotswold Outdoor to help everyone make the most of their time outdoors in the places we care for.

Visit website 

You might also be interested in

A person walking along the South West Coast Path at East Soar, South Devon


Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.

Family with dog walk on Marsden Moor in the summer

Walking in Yorkshire 

Discover some of the best walks in Yorkshire, from rugged Pennine beauty spots, views over the coast to parkland and meadows perfect for a family stroll. Most are dog friendly and many can be enjoyed as part of your day out to the nearest National Trust property.

A silver National Trust Roseberry Topping omega shaped sign with a green oakleaf logo stands in front of a drystone wall with the grassy hill of Roseberry Topping behind it. A path zig zags up the slope. The sky is blue with big fluffy white clouds. Fields and hedges stretch into the distance beyond the hill.

Things to see and do at Roseberry Topping 

Discover what you can do around Roseberry Topping, from climbing the hill itself to seeing geological formations at Cliff Rigg Quarry and spotting wildlife such as roe deer.

Visitors dog walking on a path with mountains in the background in the Cwm Idwal area of Eryri (Snowdonia), North Wales

Hill and mountain walks 

Discover a range of memorable and historic trails from around the UK, suitable for families, nature lovers, seasoned adventurers or relaxed ramblers.

A person walking along a footpath in a grassy landscape on Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight

Top tips for hill and mountain walking 

Learn about the essential clothing and equipment to take with you, keeping your energy levels up, staying safe and leaving the environment as you found it.

An aerial view of an adult and baby walking a dog along a path at Baggy Point, Devon

Staying safe at National Trust places 

The special places in National Trust care sometimes come with a few risks for visitors, be it coastline or countryside. Find out how to keep safe throughout your visits.

A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.

Follow the Countryside Code 

Help to look after National Trust places by observing a few simple guidelines during your visit and following the Countryside Code.

A group of people in a hiking group are being guided on a hike by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Cotswold Outdoor: our exclusive walking partner 

Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.