Roseberry Topping

Climbs 73 – Rocktype Sandstone (soft) – Altitude 320m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
'A vastly under rated crag. Went up there yesterday for another look, I was blown away! The reputation of this crag is that it is sandy and loose on a small and large scale. While this is true in some areas, there are a few high quality routes up there with the best around.'

Luke Hunt, march 09

This large sandstone outcrop is on the famous hill overlooking teeside. The routes are long for the area and certainly have a big feel to them. The quality of the rock varies considerably. The main face has variable quality rock. The two cracks on the left hand end are well worth a look (one HVS 5a, the other E1 5b). The best route at the crag takes the line directly up the main face. Good quality solid climbing.

There are some lovely micro routes on high quality moors sandstone at the right hand end.

Not in the 2003 North East England guide, due to the poor quality of the rock (half the routes from the previous guide have since fallen down!.

Online guide at, details of routes can be found at

Most of the routes listed on this site are now gone or have changed. The routes will be rearranged next year after a topo is sorted.

Watch walkers/kids don't mess with your anchor.. top belaying recomended. [Ian Jackson 6/06]

Approach notes
Open Land


Out of print: North York Moors (1985)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Jesus Loves LukeHVS 5b *2
3StimulatorHVS 5a 4
4EliminatorE2 5b *1
5The Pasketti AlpinistE5 6a ***6
6Pasketti DirectE7 6b? *** 
7TranscendorHVS 5b 2
8AcceleratorHVS 5b *3
10Rivers Of SandE4 6a 3
11The ShelfV5 6b **3
13Slab Route (Ordinary)VD 2
14Slab Route (Direct)VS 4c 1
15The GrooveD 7
16WallaHS 4b 3
17Thunder ClapHVS 5b 1
18Summer House CrackHVD 7
19The MantleshelfVS 4c 6
20The CleftHS 4b 3
21Aireyholme ChimneyD 8
22HavagoVS 5a 5
23NebS 4a 8
24The Alcove Left HandHD 6
25The Alcove Right HandVD 5
26DangleHS 4b 5
27Dangle VariationVS 4c 3
28Dangle Direct StartVS 4c 2
30T-Rexf7A+ *3
31Asgardf7A+ *2
32Wings Of Insanityf7B+ ***1
33Roseberry Topping summitsummit 33
34Little GemHVD 1
35Cleveland WayM 1
36StookS 1
37Stepped CornerM 2
38Golden Slab - Problem 1 *f4+ 1
39Golden Slab - Problem 2 *f4+ 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Totally wicked venue! NOT LOOSE. NOT SANDY on the routes recorded. The main face and the cracks either side are ace and the bouldering is also brilliant.
Franco Cookson OLD - 17/Jan/10