4.5 of 5 (4 votes)

Roseberry Topping

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park North York Moors in North Yorkshire, England, about 6.68km (4.15 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 192m (629ft)
Loss 186m (610ft)
Max. Elevation 330m (1082ft)
Elevation (total) 378m (1239ft)
Start & End
Great Ayton
Distance 6.68km
Duration ~2:00
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 22 Feb 2010
Great name, great walk. This distinctively shaped hill - the Yorkshire Matterhorn - is a popular favourite on the northern edge of the North York Moors. It's best walked from Great Ayton, which has good bus links and has a station on the Esk Valley line. At only 320m, it's not a taxing climb to the summit, but you'll be rewarded by superb views and some brisk Yorkshire air.

Walk Functions


Nearby Walks


★★★★★ ★★★★★
A leisurely, circular walk (countryside) starting in North Yorkshire, England, about 7.97km (4.95 mi) long, duration: ~2:15h.

The Murk Esk in the North York Moors

★★★★★ ★★★★★
A leisurely, circular walk (countryside) starting in North Yorkshire, England, about 5.89km (3.66 mi) long, duration: ~1:45h.

Helmsley to Wass

★★★★★ ★★★★★
A moderate, linear walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting in North Yorkshire, England, about 13.25km (8.23 mi) long, duration: ~3:45h.

Walk Map


OS Grid NZ573108
Start in Great Ayton. There are buses, but really the Great Esk Railway is a treat in itself and should be enjoyed as the warm-up to the walk. From the station, you can see the distinctive hill - follow the lane heading northeast.
Aireyholme Farm About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid NZ578117
At Aireyholme Farm, look for the footpath leading to Roseberry Topping.
Roseberry Topping About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid NZ579126
A short scrabble and you're there! Enjoy the fantastic views south across the North York Moors.
Captain Cook monument About 2.85 km (~1.77 miles) from
OS Grid NZ593101
For a bit of variety on the way back, follow the path round to the Captain Cook monument, just outside Great Ayton.
Back to Great Ayton About 1.90 km (~1.18 miles) from
OS Grid NZ575107
Follow the path back to the station, and beyond to the village if you need a bus.

1 comment... join the discussion!

John Patrick
05 May 2011
Looks Good

Roseberry Topping's long been a favourite for local family walks and we've done various routes for variety but I've not tried this one so thanks for the suggestion - it's on the schedule for next time :)

What do you think?

Comment Headline
Your Name
Your Email
What does the image (right) show?
(Starts with "B" and ends with "oot")