We’re firm believers that our understanding and appreciation for our moorlands can be enhanced by visiting them. Already treasured by walkers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, travelling through these landscapes can impart you with a sense of freedom and adventure. They can also leave you at the mercy of the elements! Well worth a visit, it’s time to grab your waterproofs and brush up on your navigation skills, as we pick out some of our favourite moorland areas to visit in the UK.
Did you know that there is more heather moorland in the UK and Ireland than anywhere else in the world? One of our most important habitats, these great expanses of unenclosed, wild uplands play a vital environmental role thanks to an amazing plant called sphagnum and its ability to capture carbon. When growing healthily, this plant powerhouse takes as much carbon out of the atmosphere as all the forests in the UK and France combined.That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important we protect our moorland areas.
If the wonderful sight of purple heather in late summer is your thing, you can also check out this guide from our friends at The Wildlife Trust for other top sites.