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'Yorkshire Matterhorn' hailed as outstanding walk

Posted 16 December 2010
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'Yorkshire Matterhorn' hailed as outstanding walk
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A hill of modest height but a distinctive shape has been hailed as an outstanding winter walk, something those donning fleeces and taking their trekking poles with them for a snowy hike may enjoy.

Listed as the Daily Telegraph's Walk of the Week, the National Trust-owned Roseberry Topping in North Yorkshire carries the nickname the Yorkshire Matterhorn due to its distinctive shape, caused by the collapse of an iron mine deep under its slopes in 1912.

Commenting on its qualities, area ranger for the trust Gareth Wilson said: "If Roseberry Topping is under a blanket of snow the walk can be a little strenuous, but the views are beautiful. Don't forget your camera to capture the wintry scenery."

While the summit may offer a wide vista across the broad acres, Mr Wilson said his favourite part of the climb is where it passes through Newton Woods, where roe deer can sometimes be spotted.

He noted the route through this part is slippery and emphasised the importance of having good walking boots.

Open to the public from dawn until dusk, Roseberry Topping has been owned by the National Trust since 1985.