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Guided walk to feature small but famous hill

Posted 2 November 2012
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Guided walk to feature small but famous hill
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People who like to go walking in places they may not know so well can often rely on a bit of local guidance to help them out. This is particularly true in many of the country's national parks.

The North York Moors is among those whose park rangers carry out guided walks and one forthcoming event takes on one of its best-known hills, Roseberry Topping, on November 7th.

It is only a two-hour ascent and one for the family, with waterproofs and sturdy footwear recommended. But the 2.75-mile route up this iconic little hill is classed as a grade three walk because it has several very steep sections to its rocky summit.

Described by the rangers as "exhilarating", this is the last guided walk of the season and one offering some famous views.

Some may wonder how a hill of modest height could be so impressive. But it is beloved even by Britain's leading high-altuitude mountaineer, Alan Hinkes.

Hinkes is, to date, the sole Briton to have climbed all 14 mountains in the world over 8,000 metres in height. Yet despite this, he is a huge fan of Roseberry Topping, a hill he knew well as a boy growing up in nearby Northallerton.

This endorsement is not the only one the Yorkshireman makes of the British mountains and hills. For all his experience of dangling on a climbing rope in the Himalayas, Hinkes lists the Lake District as offering the best climbing in the world and the Scottish Highlands as being the greatest place to go winter climbing.

And lest it be assumed that such places are easy climbing and walking locations compared with the towering Asian peaks, Hinkes once had to be helped by mountain rescue when avalanched in the Lake District.

The North York Moors may not be a very lofty place, even by English standards. Indeed, its highest point on Urra Moor is only 454 metres (1,489 ft) above sea level. But in Roseberry Topping it has a little peak with a big reputation. ADNFCR-2803-ID-801481047-ADNFCR