One of the Peak District’s most loved spectacles is swathes of moorland heather in bloom. August is the best time of year to take in the sight, scent and sound of pollinators buzzing around these delicate but hardy upland flowers.
Here are our recommendations of where to get the train to find heather moors in bloom…
Hathersage – Hope Valley Line
As the name suggests, the village is at the “heather’s edge”. From Hathersage station, climb up the valley’s side to Millstone Edge and Surprise View (or catch the 272 bus to take you up the hill). It’s well worth the journey, as there are sweeping views of Hope Valley from here, as well as abundant heather.
Chapel-en-le-Frith – Buxton line
From Chapel-en-le-Frith station it’s a fairly steep but steep walk to Castle Naze and Combs Moss, where you’ll find plenty of the pink stuff along with moorland plants such as bilberry and harebells. Please bear in mind that Combs Moss is privately owned and dogs are not allowed; please follow any signs.
Those with four-legged friends can take a longer hike to Eccles Pike, for great views of Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.
Hadfield – Glossop line
From Hadfield station it’s a level stroll to the Longdendale Trail, which takes in panoramic views of Valehouse and Torside reservoir and the surrounding hills. Here you get a sense of being immersed in the Pennine hills, with lots of heather and moorland plants to spot on the hillsides.