2022: Roseberry Topping & North Yorks Moors

2022: Roseberry Topping & North Yorks Moors

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Roseberry Topping

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

101 High St



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The Big Smile 2021 - Stage 45 : Roseberry Topping

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*This is a charitable fundraising event. Please see our website for more details on the fundraising expectations for all participants joining us on The Big Smile!*

This stage of the forays into Yorkshire takes us to a starting point in Great Ayton, before we cross the River Leven at Little Ayton. We follow a path across fields, and then into Easby Wood, passing near to the old Ayton mines. Our walk winds around the hillside above the river and back around into Ayton Banks Wood.

From here, we head to Captain Cook’s Monument out on Easby Moor. Erected in 1827, it stands 18 metres high in memory of the famous circumnavigator.

We carry on over the moor back into woodland, before looping round to the much-climbed Roseberry Topping. Visible from miles, it is perhaps the best-known hill on the North York Moors. Its distinctive cone-shaped summit with a jagged cliff has drawn comparisons with the much higher Matterhorn in the Swiss-Italian Alps.

Dropping down from its 320 metre summit, we head back to the starting point at Great Ayton. A super stage of The Big Smile, packed with spectacular viewpoints, geological interest, and an abundance of wildlife.

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