2020: Activity 1 – Roseberry Topping

Today Boy 1 and I set off on a short break together, with Roseberry Topping our first port of call.

This summer I’ve shared regular updates of what we’ve been up to during the school holidays – you can see a summary at our 2020: 42 Activities of Summer page. 

What a great climb – it’s approximately 4 – 5 times the size of Penshaw Monument, and we could feel our hearts beating.

“At just 1,049 feet (320 m) high, Roseberry Topping may not be the biggest hill you’ll ever see, but it will certainly be one of the most distinctive. Its shape, caused by the combination of a geological fault and a mining collapse in 1912 has made the hill the most beloved landmark in the Tees Valley area.  Location: Newton-under-Roseberry, TS9 6QR”  National Trust.

Here’s a relive video sharing our hike.


And some photos…


There’s a car park at the foot, with a £2 pay and display, but some locals confirmed it’s free to park on the roadside (or within the village which is safer).

Roseberry topping would be the perfect walk to do before a Sunday lunch.  What I liked was that there were several route options, and once you reached the top, you could extend the walk as far as you wished along various trails.  Boy 1 led us down the left side of the hill and up another, climbed a tree, spotted what we thought was a snake but on googling seems like a slow worm, and fed some sad moaning cows some long juicy grass – before returning for a well earned ice cream.

Later we died Boy 1’s hair blue, played Roblox together (he helped me set up my own gamer tag DarkHorseWins), had some family therapy via zoom, and then explored our local surroundings.  We were fortunate to spot several seals splashing about in a river near our hotel.

We had our first meal out since pre-covid, at Frankie and Benny’s –  this one had just opened today.  We hadn’t realised, but for the first three days of opening they are matching the Governments 50% offer for restaurants that will run Monday to Wednesday throughout August to help improve the UK’s economy.  My two course meal with a beer, and Boy 1’s three course children’s meal with a drink (of which he was given five re-fills – unheard of in F&Bs!) came to only £15 including a beer – wow.

On arrival at the restaurant, we were asked to clean our hands with alcohol gel (we had our masks and gloves on at this point).  I was asked for a phone number or my e-mail which they said would purely be used to contact us if anyone in the restaurant was diagnosed with coronavirus.  The restaurant was at 50% capacity, and we were seated over 3m from any other people.  There was a one way system to move around the restaurant, and the doors to the toilets had foot pedals attached so you could open the doors with your feet easily (rather than touching handles).  The staff were welcoming and provided great service.  Although a little scary at first, it was a special night.

I hope you’ve had a good day.  Have you been to Roseberry Topping?  Have you tried eating out yet?

#RoseberryTopping  #NationalTrust  #SlowWorm  #Seals  #FrankieAndBennys


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