Like a miniature version of the Matterhorn or Yosemite's Half Dome, Roseberry Topping has a distinctive shape that makes it undoubtedly the best known feature of the Cleveland Hills. It was once a conical peak, but a huge collapse in 1912 changed all that. Another prominent feature of the Cleveland Hills is Captain Cook's Monument, built in 1827 to commemorate 18th century explorer James Cook. This short walk through the Moors visits both sites, as well as passing Cook's childhood home.
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Distance: 5 miles (8 km)
Total ascent: 331m
Time: 2 – 3 hours (Walking)
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Large area of roadside parking at Cribdale Gate, NZ591110
Varies from small footpaths to the well-maintained Cleveland Way, with a short section along a minor road. The steep descent through Ayton Banks Wood can be slippery and muddy.
Great Ayton Station is not far from the crossroads on Dikes Lane, so can easily be used as an alternative starting point.
OS Explorer OL26 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 93 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Great Ayton (01642 722 835); Guisborough (01287 633801); Saltburn (01287 622422)
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