Visiting Roseberry Topping with your dog
Roseberry Topping is a great place for visitors and their dogs to enjoy together. Read on for useful information when exploring with your canine companion, along with guidance to help ensure everyone enjoys their visit.
Our pawprint rating system
We’ve been working on making it easier for you to find out how dog-friendly your visit will be before you and your four-legged friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust members’ handbook.
Roseberry Topping is a three pawprint rated place.
Three pawprints shows the very best places you can visit for a day with your dog. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go?
Dogs love to run, play and explore Roseberry Topping and are welcome in all areas, but please keep them under close control. Roseberry is surrounded by farmland; dogs must be on a short lead around livestock. For their safety, please put them on a lead if you're heading to the summit.
Please clean up after your dog. Bins are available in the car park to deposit bagged dog waste in.
The Canine Code
We’ve worked with our partner Forthglade to come up with this Canine Code, which helps to make sure everyone can enjoy their day:
- Keep them close: using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. But if cattle approach you, it's best to let your dog off the lead, and call them back when it's safe to do so.
- Pick up the poo: please always clear up after your dog. If you can't find a bin nearby, take the poo bags home with you.
- Watch the signs: keep an eye on local signs and notices wherever you're walking. They'll tell you if a beach has a dog ban, for instance, or if a path has been diverted, or if you're in an area where dogs can run off-lead.
- Stay on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't run up to other people, especially children.
Keeping control of your dog
Our definition of close or effective control is:
- Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call
- Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice, this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible
- Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent
- Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife, or if you are asked to use one
Discover the best places for a dog walk, from coastal adventures and dramatic mountains to more leisurely walks near you. Plus find information on dog-friendly cafés and read our Canine Code.
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.
If you're feeling fit, why not try this challenging ascent of Cleveland's most famous hill, and reward yourself with panoramic views from the summit
Discover this 7.2 mile loop starting at Great Ayton, taking in Captain Cook's Monument then heading to the summit of Roseberry Topping for 360-degree views.
If you’re bringing your dog to the places we care for, here’s information on the Canine Code and pawprint rating system to plan your visit.
After a good dog walk in the fresh air, find a place to sit and relax with your dog in a dog-friendly café.