Snowy Topping Sunset

Snowy topping sunset casting a glorious golden glow with long shadows. Roseberry Topping, North York Moors.


Roseberry Topping stands tall above the village of Great Ayton on the North York Moors. Its distinctive half-cone shape with a jagged cliff was caused by a mining collapse in 1912 .


  • Nikon D600
  • Nikon 16 x 35mm wide angle lens
  • Manfrotto tripod and ball head
  • Lee Circular Polariser

The Shot:

Its been a long time coming but we finally had snow this year. I have always wanted to capture Roseberry Topping covered in snow with the sun setting just to the left. Well it seems that everything was just about to drop into place on this particular day. The weather was very changeable with fast moving clouds that made it somewhat of a lucky dip regarding the sunset but I was willing to take the chance, after all as they say  “You’ve got to be in it to win it”.

I parked at the car park at Gribdale gate and proceeded to climb up onto the moors following the Cleveland Way path behind Roseberry Topping.  As I approached I could see that the sun was setting fast and was casting a lovely golden glow to the left of the snowy topping . I found my spot and set up the tripod to compose the shot. I decided to use the wall to lead the eye up to the summit of Roseberry Topping with the sunset to the left casting fantastic long shadows. This was indeed the Golden Hour. I hope you like it.



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