'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 http://www.climbonline.co.uk/roseberry_topping.htm, details of routes can be found at francocookson-climbing.blogspot.com
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]
Out of print: North York Moors (1985)
|2||Jesus Loves Luke||HVS 5b *||2|
|4||Eliminator||E2 5b *||1|
|5||The Pasketti Alpinist||E5 6a ***||6|
|6||Pasketti Direct||E7 6b? ***|
|8||Accelerator||HVS 5b *||3|
|THE RED WALL|
|10||Rivers Of Sand||E4 6a||3|
|11||The Shelf||V5 6b **||3|
|13||Slab Route (Ordinary)||VD||2|
|14||Slab Route (Direct)||VS 4c||1|
|17||Thunder Clap||HVS 5b||1|
|18||Summer House Crack||HVD||5|
|19||The Mantleshelf||VS 4c||5|
|20||The Cleft||HS 4b||2|
|24||The Alcove Left Hand||HD||5|
|25||The Alcove Right Hand||VD||4|
|27||Dangle Variation||VS 4c||2|
|28||Dangle Direct Start||VS 4c||1|
|32||Wings Of Insanity||f7B+ ***||1|
|33||Roseberry Topping summit||summit||26|
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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