You can take it as read that I will be uploading more than one picture of the Iconic landscape feature that is Roseberry Topping. It’s the only hill in the Teesside area which the majority of locals will say that they have climbed at some point in their life (this is based upon a nothing more than anecdotal evidence and a quick poll of family and friends). Standing 320m high, and located between Great Ayton and Newton Under Roseberry, Roseberry Topping’s distinctive half-cone and jagged cliff edge can be seen from all over Teesside. The view from the top is spectacular and on a clear day you can see the Cheviots to the North, the rolling splendour of the North York Moors to the south as well as the town of Middlesbrough and the coast beyond it to the East.
When I took this photo it was a day which showed some promise for a good combination of sun and cloud when I set out with the family for a walk to the top. Parking the car at Great Ayton Railway Station howeverm it became apparent that the cloud cover was thicker than I would have liked. We didn’t let this stop us though and we head out up the road to Aireyholme Farm (home of Captain Cook, no less). There is a photo opportunity at the farm itself (with a duck pond offering foreground interest for the Topping itself), but it needed better light when I passed it, so that one is saved for another time. We carried on up the track, turning right when leaving the farm and skirted the base of the Topping itself, electing to climb the smaller neighbouring hill, which if it has a name, I am not privy too. It was from the top of this hill that I took the picture below. It was late August so the heather was in bloom (although there was really as much as I was hoping for to be honest), and I had to take a slightly precarious position to get the shot below. But I quite like the final result. Would have liked some sun rays to brighten things up but as photographer’s we have to take what we see before us. Shot was exposed for the sky and developed in lightroom to bring out the details in the foreground.
With the shot in the bag we headed back to the car and drove the short distance to the Kings Head In Newton Under Roseberry, where low and behold the sun came out. Still we all had a satisfying walk, topped of with a cool (if pricey!) drink in the beer garden. Lovely.