|Approach & parking: Start the walk from the Pay & Display car park at Newton under Roseberry. There are Public Toilets here.|
1. At the top of the lane pass through the gate into the woods and take the path to the right.
2. At the first clearing take the path leaving the left hand side (signposted "Bridleway") up the hill.
At the top of the (steepish!) climb you reach a kissing gate. Detour
through this up the hill to explore the hunting lodge 'folly' and views
of the peak of Roseberry Topping. The route continues following the
path to the right inside the woods. The path drops down briefly to
cross a gully then continues. In spring this area is a carpet of
The open areas along the path are bathed in bluebells in spring, giving
the perfect foreground for views out to Roseberry Topping.
As the fence to the left approaches a corner take the (smaller) path
forking left, which then follows the fence line up the hill, across a
small ditch. Pass the kissing gate on the left and the path follows the
fence-line up the hill through the larches.
Viewpoint: The larches as you climb the hill form another picturesque frame for the vista across to Roseberry Topping.
5. At the top of the hill you emerge with views onto the
quarry and beyond, over the village of Great Ayton to the Cleveland
Hills. The gorse here makes a colourful foregound in spring. Open views
can be had by detouring to the right, but the walk continues to the
left, where the path passes through a small gate to follow the lip of
the quarry between to fences.
As you leave the double fence through another gate follow the path
ahead, then downhill, veering left until you reach a stile. Cross this,
following the fence for a short distance to a kissing gate on the right.
the gate the path goes downhill through the woods. This is another
stretch carpeted in bluebells in spring, and with ample opportunities
for colourful foliage compositions in autumn.
At the bottom of the descent take the path to the left, inside the edge
of the woods. Leave the woods through a kissing gate, then immediately
through the field gate on the right before following the path along the
left side of the field (i.e. the same direction as the path through the
At the end of the field cross the stile and descend to the road. Turn
right and follow the road down to the bottom then back uphill to thejunction with Dykes Lane
9. At the junction turn left and follow the road gently uphill. Watch out for traffic along this stretch.
As the road bends sharp left at the start of the row of cottages
(Gribdale Terrace) keep straight on along the track in front of the
cottages. At the end of the row take the stile on the right and
continue uphill on the path. This stretch can be quite muddy in winter.
The path emerges back onto the road at the carpark/picnic area of
Gribdale Gate. From here take the signposted path straight up the
hill on the left (not the gentler path!). The path up the hillside is
paved here. Once at the top the path follows the wall-line back towards
Viewpoints: Gaps in the wall and trees along this stretch afford good views out towards Roseberry Topping and over the fields below.
Eventually you reach tthe Cleveland Way at a signposted junction in the path, with a further path
leading to the right along the wall-line. Take the left hand branch of the Cleveland Way, ahead
through the wall-gate and drop down fairly steeply.
path down the hill gives a 'classic' view of Roseberry Topping, with
the wall on the left giving a nice lead-in line. This is a particularly
good viewpoint late in the day, with the sun setting beyond the hill.
At the bottom of the hill a wider track crosses, from a gate on the
left. Turn right along this track, then curve left, starting to descend.
Look out for a stone on the left and small waymark on the right. Turn
left here (following the green arrow). Descend the hill, keeping
straight on at the next waymark (blue arrow).
At the bottom of the hill the path forks. Either way works from here!
The right hand fork dips into a gully that can be muddy in wet weather.
The left hand fork runs higher before dropping down to meet the other
path. Both then lead you through a gate and along a track back to the
main track to the right, leading down and back to the car park.
Refreshments: The King's Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry is close to the car park at the start/finish of the walk, and there are multiple cafes (and Suggitt's Ice Creams!) in nearby Great Ayton.