North York Moors Heather Bloom 2019

Summer is here again and the ling heather is in full bloom across the moors, after last year’s poor showing due to the drought condition I have hopes that this year will be much better!

This will be a living post, i’ll update it with new pictures as they are shot and as the season progresses.

Firstly, an explanation about heather, there’s three different types. First is bell heather which starts to flower in early July. Bell heather is a pink/purple with larger bell shaped flowers. Next is cross heather which
has leaves arranged in crosses of four on its stems, this tends to grow around boggy areas, lastly and most common is ling heather. Ling heather is responsible for turning the entire moors purple in mid to late august and into early September.

Cockshaw Hill

Thursday 11th July 2019, the early flowering bell heather is in full bloom and the days are long and hot. Wild blueberries or bilberries as they are known locally have come to fruit.

Castleton

Castleton in the North York Moors with the heather in bloom.
Tuesday 13th August 2019, a farm surrounded by the moors with the ling heather in full bloom. The gentle scent of honey on the wind and the hum of bees.

Danby Beacon

Tuesday 13th August 2019, sunset over Danby Beacon.

A beacon has stood proudly over the village of Danby on the North York Moors for over 400 years. It dates back to the 1600s when the country was living under the threat of invasion from France. It was the duty of a soldier and his wife, stationed upon the moor, to be vigilant and watch for the expected French fleet. If they had sight of them they were to light up the beacon, which would be the first inland fire of warning.

Egton Moor

The Lone Tree on Egton Moor at twilight.
20th August, the Lone Tree on Egton Moor at twilight.

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