Heather is a low evergreen shrub that is found on heathland, moorland and even in some woodland. The beautiful purple flowers bloom between August and October and can be seen in many places around Yorkshire decorating the landscape with a stunning purple haze.
Below are our top three places to see it in all its glory:
Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire
The iconic Ilkley Moor is swathed in purple heather blooms from as early as July with the upland moors offering incredible views of neverending heathland. You can start a walk at the Cow and Calf rock formations, then cross the moor to the Twelve Apostles Stone Circle taking in the blooms along the way.
Levisham Moor, North York Moors
The moorland at Levisham is an expansive area with incredible, panoramic views across the North York Moors. Hole of Horcum is a section of the valley which is engulfed with heather blooms with many circular walks that can be done in the area. Don’t miss the ruins of Skelton Tower which was built around 1830.
Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire
We covered this place in one of our most recent blogs, it’s a wonderful area also known as the Yorkshire Matterhorn due to its distinctive shape. To get a view of the hill and the heather together, you can walk up to Cockshaw Hill where you can frame Roseberry Topping summit with the heather blooms all around. An evening sunset is where you’ll have the best colours on show.
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