Roseberry Topping


Distance: 1.6 miles (2.7 km)
Height: 320 m (1,050 ft)
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Time: 1 hour
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Map: OS OL26 North York Moors – Western Area Map

Roseberry Topping is an iconic landmark in the North Yorkshire Moors. Its quick but steep ascent attracts thousands of hikers and non-hikers in the summer months. It is a great introductory climb for kids and still challenging enough for seasoned walkers.

Car Parking

Roseberry Topping Public Car Park is on the A173 and is maintained by the National Trust. The car park is quite small and does get busy; however, people are constantly leaving Roseberry Topping due to its short route.

2 hours = £2.50
More than 2 hours = £4.50

There are toilets at the car park and an information booth with an attendant. There is usually an ice cream van on popular days. Proceeds from the car park go to maintaining Roseberry Topping walking route and the local area.


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Starting in the Roseberry Topping Car Park, head left from the toilets and turn right at the signpost for “Bridleway”.

Right turn away from National Trust Car Park

Roseberry Topping is easily seen in the background. Keep following the path until you reach the wooden gate.

Roseberry Topping from a distance

Go through the gate and follow the steps to the top.

Gate at the start of the walk
Steps at the start of Roseberry Topping

Turn right once you reach the top of the steps.

Right turn at top of steps
Path just after steps

Go through the next wooden gate.

Gate to cross through

The walk starts to increase in difficulty with a steeper incline and more steps. There are plenty of areas for stopping if you require a break.

Path up Roseberry Topping
Steep steps up Rosberry Topping

There are great views of the surrounding areas as you approach the summit of Roseberry Topping.

Roseberry Topping
Views of North Yorkshire Moors

There are multiple paths down Roseberry Topping. This guide follows a quieter route with a gentle descent back to the car park.

Once you have reached the trig, start descending Roseberry Topping the same way you came up.

Roseberry Topping Trig

You can see the grassed route from the peak of Roseberry Topping.

Grassed route down Roseberry Topping

Turn right from the main path to the grassed route.

Clear grass route from Roseberry Topping

Turn right at the split in the path.


Turn left at the next section.

Left turn towards car park

Follow the route leading to the right.

Right turn into woods

Keep following the path and signpost for “Bridleway”.

Following bridleway signpost

Turn right through the wooden gate that you came through at the start of your walk.

Right turn through initial gate

Follow the path back to the car park. Take a left turn at the bollards.

Path leading back to National Trust car park
Left turn back to National Trust car park