‘Yorkshire’s Matterhorn’ named in poll to find finest mountains

Bluebells at Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire.
Bluebells at Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire.
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IT may be small in stature but Roseberry Topping, dubbed Yorkshire’s Matterhorn for its distinctive shape, has been named one of the UK’s favourite peaks for hillwalkers.

The 1,049ft Topping, on the North York Moors, came 16th in a survey by walking magazine Trail - the highest place for a Yorkshire hill - with Yorkshire Dales peaks Ingleborough 22nd and Pen-y-Ghent 69th.

Tryfan in Snowdonia topped the survey, with Helvellyn in the Lake District second and Wales’s highest mountain Snowdon securing third.

The UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, came eighth, while England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, was 13th. Over 1,000 people voted on website www.livefortheoutdoors.com.

Simon Ingram, editor of Trail, said Tryfan was a “worthy winner”.

“Tryfan has a unique aesthetic and has always been a mountain close to the heart of hillwalkers who love a challenging afternoon out.

“Snowdon may be the superstar of the region but Tryfan is the bristly underdog, providing just the right mix of the accessible and the thrilling - great to look at, and a real mountaineer’s peak.”

Mr Ingram named Ingleborough his favourite in Yorkshire but said Roseberry Topping was the perfect example of an impressive, yet small, mountain.

Yorkshireman Alan Hinkes, the first British mountaineer to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000m mountains, said Tryfan was spectacular.

“I remember the first time I saw it when I went to Wales and remember thinking, ‘Look at that’. It’s just so impressive from all angles, so stark and crenelated.”