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TOP PLACES to See Heather in the Peak District

Updated: Aug 20, 2019

Beautiful purple flowers carpet moors around the Peak District at this time of year. Here are our top 4 favourite places to see this natural spectacle!

Blooming Heather on Owler Tor, Peak District
Blooming heather flowers on Owler Tor

During mid August and early September, the moors of the Peak District reach the apex of their beauty when the heather that covers them is in full bloom.

With their honey-scented purple/pink flowers, they attract a variety of pollinating insects and provide a late summer nectar source for bees such as the rare bilberry bumblebee.

This is a favourite time of year for many, and timing your walk to coincide with the sunset will add a golden glow to the spectacular purple display.

Our favourite places TO SEE HEATHER

1. The Pennine WaY

Car Park: Layby situated on A57 at top of Snake Pass, before descent into Glossop SK13 7PQ

purple heather flowers in the peak district (c) Sam Walker

The Pennine Way is a 431km walking trail starting in the Peak District Village of Edale, stretching right the way up into Scotland and is the inspiration for our 'Pennine Way Heather & Lemon Foot Cleansing Grains'. Much of the Peak District section of the trail snakes over Dark Peak moorland, so you'll find an abundance of flowing Heather in late summer!

2. Higger Tor and Over Owler Tor

Car park: Surprise View situated on A6187, Grindleford, Hope Valley S32 1DA

Carpets of purple Heather flowers in the Peak District
Owler Tor Heather - Get up high to see the full scale!

3. Stanage Edge

Car Park: Hope Valley S32 1DZ or Hook’s Carr Car Park, The Dale, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1BR

Sunset strolls on Stanage Edge made even more beautiful by a splash of purple Heather

4. Baslow Edge

Car park: Goose Green, Baslow DE45 1SR

Purple Bell Heather Flowers blooming on the rocks of Baslow Edge, Peak District
Bell Heather flowering on Baslow Edge


Ling Heather

(Calluna vulgaris) is the most common and is the reason for the glorious pink/purple displays. It likes to grow together to form a carpet-like effect which, in turn, helps to protect it from the exposed conditions of the moorlands.

Bell Heather

(Erica cinerea) which flowers July-September and has dark pink or purple slightly larger bell-shaped flowers.

Cross-Leaved Heather

(Erica tetralix) also called Pink Star which flowers from June to October and is often found in boggy areas. It has pale pink bell-shaped flowers and leaves arranged in crosses of four on its stems.

Heather has medicinal qualities

We are so inspired by Heather, not only by its beauty, but by its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities that we included it in our Pennine Way ‘Heather & Lemon Zest’ Foot Buffing Grains.

We carefully blended the beautiful Heather with lemon zest, local silky soft oatmeal and mineral rich Himalayan pink sea salt to help nurture your feet in readiness for more adventures in the Peak District.


More information on Peak District Moorlands, the plants and wildlife here

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