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Roseberry Topping Walking Weekend
NEW for 2020 Join us for a memorable walking weekend on the edge of the North York Moors. Two days of fantastic guided walks including Roseberry Topping, with it’s very distinctive top, and Captain Cook’s Monument. Plus, walking one of the finest sections of The Cleveland Way along the fantastic North East coastline within the North York Moors National Park.
- Distinctive landscape of Roseberry Topping
- Exploring the North York Moors
- Coastal footpath
- Enjoyable social evenings
Accommodation at Sporting Lodge Hotel
Sporting Lodge is an independent 3-star hotel on the edge of the North York Moors. Modern rooms, extensive free parking, leisure facilities (including swimming pool) and the Old Poste House Inn & Restaurant attached to the hotel, provides an ideal base for exploring the North York Moors National Park and stunning North East coastline. Accommodation is for 2 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast, with single ensuite and twin (2-people sharing) ensuite bedrooms.
Special Note – group transport (optional) is included for Saturday and Sunday’s walk – and during this time the appropriate social distancing guidelines will be in place. Helpful advice and details will be provided in your booking confirmation
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 7pm at the Sporting Lodge Hotel, with evening dinner included. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 2 – Staithes to Saltburn-by-the-Sea 9 miles (14.5km), with 1500 ft (457m) of ascent
Today we a take a short drive in the group transport to the start of a fantastic days walk on The Cleveland Way. We start the walk in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park from the old seaside village of Staithes with its picture postcard harbour, and follow the scenic coastline trail to Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Dramatic and stunning cliff top coastline, beaches, and interesting features and landmarks along the way makes this a great walk. Once we arrive in the seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea there will be an opportunity for refreshments before travelling back to the hotel.
In the evening, a social evening is planned in the Old Poste House Bar & Restaurant at Sporting Lodge, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 2 – Roseberry Topping 7.5 miles (12.1km), with 1342 ft (409m) of ascent
Today we travel 10 minutes from the hotel to the village of Great Ayton, the boyhood home of Captain James Cook, for the start of the days circular walk of Roseberry Topping. With its distinctive shape, Roseberry topping and the surrounding area is the perfect walk to finish the perfect leisurely walking weekend.
The walking weekend will finish back at the hotel between 3-4pm.
The accommodation for the weekend is Sporting Lodge Hotel, nr Stainton, (just 6 miles from Middlesbrough Train Station). The weekend includes 2 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast. Single ensuite and twin ensuite rooms (2 people sharing) are available. The hotel offers complimentary leisure facilities including swimming pool.
Food & Drink
Meals included during the walking weekend: All breakfasts and evening dinner Friday and Saturday.
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route. Packed lunches for the walks can be purchased from the hotel.
On Friday and Saturday evening, a social evening in the the hotel (in the Old Post House Inn annexe), where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking tours that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Evening & Dinner – 7pm at the Sporting Lodge hotel
Walking Days – 9.30am in the Sporting Lodge hotel reception
Address: Sporting Lodge, Teesside, Low Ln, Stainton, Middlesbrough TS17 9LW