6 Of The Best Places To Enjoy Heather Walks In Yorkshire

6 Of The Best Places To Enjoy Heather Walks In Yorkshire

It’s that time of year when the moors become carpeted by acres of purple heather giving the moorlands across Yorkshire a blaze of colour for miles and miles. The heather walks in Yorkshire hit differently from walks at other times of the year.

It comes just as we are heading indoors to settle down for the cooler weather and drags you back out for a new experience keeping the Yorkshire walks enticing to walkers and giving you an uncanny experience of our favourite walks.

Dominating the landscape from hills to moorland, the heather mixes in with the browns and greens of nature creating one of our favourite colour palettes of the year. Check out our favourite heather walks in Yorkshire to get involved over the next few weeks.

1. Hole of Horcum, North York Moors

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Located near the village of Goathland, this incredible natural amphitheatre in the North York moors is filled with heather at this time of year. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy a walk in one of two of Yorkshire’s national parks. It blooms at the end of summer and is a beautiful place to wander in all year round, but at this time of year, it just hits different.

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Read More: 6 Of The Most Beautiful Nature Walks In West Yorkshire

2. Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire

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One of the most famous parts of Yorkshire, Ilkley Moor found on the outskirts of Leeds is a picturesque piece of moorland that overlooks the market town of Ilkley. It’s perfect for photographs with the cow and calf structure making for a great old picture with the heather bringing the snap to life. There are usually sheep lolling around also.

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Marsden, West Yorkshire

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We love a trip to Marsden, the hometown of popular poet Simon Armitage. Heading out onto Wessenden Moor and taking in the beautiful reservoirs is a great way to spend the day. And, we are very excited about this time of year when the heather in Yorkshire is in full blood and we can wander through it like a scene from a Bronte novel.

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Roseberry Topping

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Heading up to Roseberry topping is always a pleasure, and with it being a popular place for bluebells it’s fun to see the change in colour when you visit during different times of the year. Looking out towards Roseberry Topping when the fields are purple with heather is an experience everyone should enjoy.

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Norland, West Yorkshire

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Found neat Halifax just south of Sowerby Bridge, Norland Moor jus littered with patches of beautiful heather making the beautiful landscape even more spectacular than usual. If you get down for sunset you’ll be greeted with a spectacular sight.

Grinton Moor

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Over to North Yorkshire’s other popular national park, Yorkshire Dales, and the Swaledale region is filled with pops of purple in August. The purple patches offer up a brilliant sight that is wonderful to take a little wander if for a few hours.

Read More: 12 Of The Best Scenic Autumn Walks In Yorkshire To Try

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