Introduction

Despite the way the name sounds, Roseberry Topping is not something you put on your ice-cream - it is a distinctive conical hill in England's North York Moors. It dominates the local landscape, which is relatively low-lying, so it appears much grander than its actual height of 320 meters.

Formation

The hill was formed many years ago by a geological fault, pushing a hard sandstone cap into the air to protect shale and clay beneath. Erosion has slowly worn away the surrounding area, but not the hill itself.

Its shape was further altered by mining of alum, jet and ironstone. In 1912, the west face collapsed due to ironstone removal.

Surroundings

The north face of the hill is designated as Roseberry Common - National Trust land. To the south lies Aireyholme Farm, where Captain James Cook grew up. Newton Wood and Slacks Wood border the west and east respectively.

There are many routes up the hill, one being a short spur on the Cleveland Way National Trail. Some routes are easier than others, but none are that challenging. It's quite possible to get from car to summit in half an hour - although it can be tiring, at 218 meters vertical difference from the center of Newton under Roseberry to the summit.

The summit trig point may be found at: N54°30'15" W1°06'29" (WGS84)


Sources:
OS 25000:1 Map
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scripts/nthandbook.dll?ACTION=PROPERTY&PROPERTYID=367
http://www.nymcam.free-online.co.uk/040700.htm
http://www.hambleton.gov.uk/hambleton/attractions.nsf/Public/AllEstabs/DC2A32CBB298367680256D26004324CB?opendocument
http://www.clevelandway.gov.uk/roseb.htm