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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
Yorkshire

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

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