Roseberry Topping and Cook's Monument 9 August

Posted by Jane McLennan on 2020-08-13

Roseberry Topping and Cook’s Monument Sunday 9 August 2020

We were a small but select band for a day with great walking weather to conquer the enigmatic landmark that is Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire’s own mini Matterhorn.

Weirdly, it was less busy than the day that Graham Berry and I reccied it in May when the bluebells were in full bloom along the woodland path from Great Ayton.  On Sunday, we, the SOC Trio, marvelled at the 360 degree clear view over Cleveland and at the parents who had managed to cajole and bribe their toddlers up there [1000 feet] without any obvious signs of dissent.  

The path to Cook’s Monument is well marked and far less travelled and we enjoyed lunch sitting in the heather on a warm hillside disturbed only by a young mountain biker who paused for a few well-earned gasps of breath, nicely socially distanced from where we were picnicking. On to Easby Moor where a Georgian businessman from Whitby, Robert Campion, raised a 60 feet high obelisk in 1827 to memorialise the life and career of a remarkable son of Yorkshire who sadly got himself killed on his last voyage to the Hawaiian Islands when he could have been enjoying a well earned rest and a generous Royal Navy Pension.

The 7.5 mile circular walk from Great Ayton taking in Roseberry Topping and Cook’s Monument is well marked and popular but affords some glorious views from two of North Yorkshires most iconic landmarks.

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