The University of York Outdoor Society

Outdoor Society

Week 1: Sunday Walk in Roseberry Topping

The views from the top of Roseberry Topping are absolutely breath taking and well worth the short climb to the top. The long walkers will also take a walk through the neighbouring forest and climb up to the Captain Cook monument which again yields stunning views of the surrounding Moorland scenery.

Visible for miles around and one of the most distinctive of all English hills, Roseberry Topping, 320m high, was once an integral part of the North York Moors plateau. Over the millennia, however, the forces of nature eroded the land around it, but the Topping itself was protected by a cap of harder sandstone. In time it became an isolated conical hill, stranded above the plain of the River Tees. Through the centuries it has been called many things, from Odinburgh (after the Norse God), to Roseberry Torp (by the notoriously inaccurate Daniel Defoe). Roseberry means 'fortress in the heath' and Topping, a 'point' - though there is no sign of a fortress there now.

We'll take a coach to Roseberry Topping, and from there split into two groups, one group takes a medium-length walk whilst the second group take on a larger route. Both walks are preplanned and lead by our trained walk leaders.

Medium walks are generally between 6 and 8 miles (10-13 km) long, and tend to be at a reasonably gentle pace and always include a stop for a pub lunch. Long walks are slightly more challenging and are between 10 and 12 miles (16-19 km) long and don't include a pub lunch but instead stop for a packed lunch along the way. At 4.00pm all the groups meet back at the coach and return back to the University, arriving no later than 6.00pm.

What to Bring

We run both medium and long walks - if you choose the medium walk, please bring cash for a pub lunch, as not all places take card payments, and if you choose to do the long walk, please bring a packed lunch, as there is no guarantee that you'll be able to buy food when we get there.

Please wear appropriate clothing for a walk in the Yorkshire countryside! Walking boots are best, but if you don't have any, sturdy trainers should be fine. Also please avoid wearing jeans, because they get very unpleasant to wear when it rains. As this is Yorkshire, you should always be prepared for rain. No matter HOW sunny it looks, you should bring waterproofs or other appropriate wet weather gear.


These walks are open to everyone, the prices are as follows: Members pay £12.00, and non-members pay £14.00. To book a place on the trip, ticket can be purchased from the YUSU website.

Tickets for the long and medium walks go on sale from Monday of the given timetable week. Everyone purchases the same ticket, and if you're not a member, we'll ask for an extra £2 on the day before getting on the coach.

When and Where to Meet Us

We meet near the benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre in James College at 8.45am.

Arrival time back to campus varies depending on where we are walking but we're normally back between 5pm and 6pm.