The iconic British uplands of Wuthering Heights fame are depicted as bleak, windswept and foreboding - yet evoked as part of a wild and free childhood by Kate Roberts, in the North Wales-set "Tea in the Heather". As the heather bursts into flower at the end of the summer, the moors become a blazing carpet of purple for as far as the eye can see. There is surely no better time of year to head for the hills and experience this stunning spectacle, or to Anglesey to explore some of its unique lowland heathlands.
The moors are transformed at the end of the summer; bursting into life with the buzzing of bees and the calls of birds.
Find heather near you
Our largest reserve, Gors Maen Llwyd is an excellent spot. Dominating the landscape north of Llyn Brenig, it covers over 250 hectares. On Anglesey, the small heathlands of Porth Diana, Cors Goch and Mariandyrys offer the opportunity to discover a rich variety of wildflowers and insects.
How to do it
Moorland is generally found in the uplands, and as most is open-access land you are often free to wander - but it’s best to stick to well used paths. The weather up here can change quickly and it’s easy to get lost in such vast landscapes. Whether in the uplands or on our lowland sites, keep any dogs on a lead - while it can be tempting to let them run free, the heathlands are home to ground nesting birds and grazing animals, neither of which enjoy the attentions of an over-excited pooch.
If you can't get to these places
It’s not only the uplands that are awash with purple in the autumn. The lowland heaths of Anglesey have the heather showing off at is best alongside the golden yellow of gorse.
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