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Climbing Roseberry Topping

Last weekend something hit me that occasionally happens, often on a Sunday. I just get a bit down. It wasn’t that I was drastically down, just a bit morose. Why it often happens on a Sunday I don’t fully know, but it is what it is. What came out of that was a commitment this weekened to just do stuff to fill up my time to distract me.

I’ve been watching the weekend weather all week hoping it would hold up over the weekend so I could ascend Roseberry Topping.

The vLog

The ascent of Roseberry Topping features in my Weekend vLog for week 43. As a result I’ve posted it here.

It’s worth a look as it really captures the route and the colours, and my complete lack of stamina, that I talk about in this blog post.

What Is Roseberry Topping?

Essentially, it’s a hill. Quite a distinctive hill. Situated near Great Ayton. It gets its name from the look of it with its jagged cliff edge. Apparently, it’s name comes from the Vikings. Which is pretty cool. It’s name being Roseberry and the word ‘Topping’ is a Yorkshire derivative of Old English ‘topp’. Some also call it the Matterhorn of Middlesbrough.

Now, it’s a popular walk as it gives gorgeous views across Yorkshire.

It Nearly Killed Me!

I parked at the small car park just outside the village of Newton under Roseberry and then walked back into the village and along the bridle track until I faced the choice of a route that seemed to be heading upwards while the other was a forest walkway.

I chose the route heading up.

This route seemed new. I don’t remember it from the last time I did the walk, which was some time ago. I seem to remember it being flatter and then a largely grass walk up the side of Roseberry Topping. This one seemed to circle Roseberry Topping and was a stone walkway through some gorgeous Autumn colours.

The hike up Roseberry Topping was also a prepared walkway of stone steps. Which took some doing. I have to admit it I thought I was going to need emergency help to bring me back down as I was light-headed, severely disorientated and I was nearly sick. I laid down for a good twenty minutes halfway up and luckily I recovered. I’d committed the sin of not eating before I headed out so I’d started to burn energy that wasn’t there. It too me about five additional bursts to get top the top. My stamina is really is bad.

The view at the top was amabsolutely amazing. It was truly spectacular. I was up there on my own for a moment but I seemed to arrive just at the point a number of groups started to arrive. It wasn’t packed or anything, I just didn’t have the place to myself.

I took a different route back, again I seemed to have a choise of true. I chose the right one as it worked it’s way down and through a small forest to come out at the same junction I’d passed on the way up (I was on the forest route I’d have been on if I’d taken the right option on the way up).

This was brilliant as it means I’d done a full circle, which made the whole thing feel complete.

It Was Gorgeous

I’m not sure what I expected when I chose to ascend Roseberry Topping, as it was totally something to do based on the fact I loved the walks I went on with Daisy in The Lakes and going there again isn’t as easy an option.

What did surprise me was how beautiful it was.

I don’t just mean the Roseberry Topping itself. I don’t mean the view across the country from the height of the Topping itseld. What truly was unexpected was the autumn colours on display. They made the whole environment gorgeous. The weather was also a bonus, as the sun was on display more than the weather forecast suggested, and had that strange warm glow that you get late in the year.

It was a brilliant thing to do, it’s just a pity that the weather probably isn’t going to afford as many opportunities to do that sort of thing over the next six months.

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