A short but challenging hike up the best known Cleveland hill


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With the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines all close by, the Clevehand hills slip slightly under the radar of many British hikers.

The hills are made up of a mixture of sandstone, shale, and limestone, and are known for their dramatic scenery, with deep valleys, rugged crags, and sweeping moorland vistas. The highest point of the Cleveland Hills is Urra Moor, which stands at 454 meters (1,490 feet) above sea level, but Roseberry Topping is probably the most famous of the range's peaks.

The Cleveland hills are home to a variety of wildlife, including red grouse, curlew, lapwing, and golden plover.

The heather moorland is particularly notable, with vibrant purple hues during the summer months. On a clear day, you can see the North York Moors National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, and even as far as the sea.

Looking southwards, you will see the picturesque town of Great Ayton, nestled at the foot of the hill, and the patchwork of fields and woods beyond it.

To the east, the horizon stretches towards the coast, with the North Sea visible on a clear day.

To the north and west, the rolling hills of the North York Moors create a dramatic backdrop, with heather moorland, rocky outcrops, and deep valleys all within view. The trip up Roseberry Topping begins in the lovely little village of Newton under Roseberry, and the nearby town of Great Ayton is charming too.

Suffice to say that you aren't short of options for a post-hike pint!