A planning application for the first phase of footpath restoration at a well-known landmark has been approved - paving the way for work to begin. 

The proposal, which was put forward by the North York Moors National Park Authority, looked to create a new footpath and improvements at Roseberry Topping.

Roseberry Topping is a much-loved local feature in the landscape for the people of Teesside and North Yorkshire.

The Northern Echo: Roseberry Topping in the landscapeRoseberry Topping in the landscape (Image: ANDREW DAVIES)

Over the next five years, the National Trust and North York Moors National Park hope to deliver a programme of extensive path restoration work for ten paths, a mix of permissive routes and public rights of way, so visitors can continue to enjoy walking there.

The initial work will be on the main walking route from Newton under Roseberry, from the edge of Newton Woods to the summit, a distance of 416 metres.

This is the priority footpath for repair due to the level of damage, which measures almost 15 metres in places.

The Northern Echo: Significant erosion in places Significant erosion in places (Image: ANDREW DAVIES)

Gail Buzzard, general manager for the National Trust, said: “For anyone who has lived in Teesside or nearby, Roseberry Topping is a symbol of home. It matters to me that residents and visitors can safely access and enjoy their time walking in the area.

"These repairs mark the start of a series of improvements to benefit all who access nature and enjoy the views from, and of, Roseberry Topping.

“I’d like to thank visitors for their patience whilst work progresses, and for their continued support by sticking to the paths to allow reseeding to establish, and to prevent further erosion in the future”.

The Northern Echo: Damaged paths from belowDamaged paths from below (Image: ANDREW DAVIES)

While the work takes place, there will be diversions in place, with visitors asked to stick to the designated routes.

Increasing the width of the path in places will help to accommodate those who walk at Roseberry Topping and prevent future damage.

In time, the environmental and ecological losses will be repaired as the landscaping and reseeding takes place.

The Northern Echo: Roseberry Topping in Summer Roseberry Topping in Summer (Image: ANDREW DAVIES)

Joel Brookfield, director of recreation and wellbeing at the North York Moors National Park Authority, added: “Roseberry Topping is one of the most iconic landmarks in the Teesside area and a place that holds personal significance to so many people.

"Unfortunately, its popularity has come at a cost over the years and its pathways are now in serious need of extensive repairs.

"We’re pleased to be working with National Trust to ensure that this very special hill remains a safe and welcoming location to experience the beauty of the North York Moors and reconnect with nature and the environment.”

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The National Trust is a conservation charity and relies on funding and the support of donors to carry out much of its work.

Roseberry Topping doesn’t generate any income as there is no entry fee and the car park is owned and operated by North York Moors National Park Authority. 

Grant applications are underway to pay for the footpath restoration work, and further information will be shared when these have been finalised.