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Moors Tour Bus

Hop aboard the Tour Bus for a trip to the Moors, where the heather has reached its magnifcent best.

What a place to live hey, the air smells of honey and the noise from the bees deafening.

Beware when the heather disappears and its place there is sedge grass- there be bogs.

Beekeepers take full advantage of the heather and with permission from the landowner move their bee hives to gain full advantage from the heather.

Only after we had walked past these hives

with bees buzzing round them, did I think it a very silly idea.

“We shouldn’t go back that way” I said. “But how do we get back to the car?” said Mr E, “we can’t walk across the moor with no footpath.” And of course he is right you should never ever just set off across the moors without proper provisions etc etc, people get lost all the time.

“But we only walked in a straight line and along a bit, I can hear the road and there are sheep tracks!” Poor Mr E couldn’t hear the road, and for a clever chap he has no sense of direction at all. For a less clever lady , I do. But it is hard going walking through heather. Which was how I realised that these stones that act as way marks really do work.Β  You see them from afar and know you are going in the right direction as you head towards them. This oneΒ  near where we left the car, served as our guide. Our ancestors sure knew a thing or two.

If you would like to read more about the heather on our moors , go here

Hope you have enjoyed the little visit to the wonderful moors. The heather lasts for such a short time, you just have to seize the moment.

Comments on: "Moors Tour Bus" (45)

  1. A beautiful photographic stroll across a wonderful landscape Cathy. I have memories of “James Herriot” on the screen in similar settings.

  2. What a wonderful colour the heather is! I love the way it makes your landscapes look.

  3. Yorkshire Moors? Or is it now officially called North York Moors?

  4. Wow–that’s gorgeous! The photo of the heather and the sheep is spectacular–you were so smart to get out there and enjoy. I’ve been to Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor and Exmoor, but not to your moor–I need to make more of an effort!

  5. We need some to invent smellivision, I want that! Thank you for showing us your beautiful countryside again. WOW!

  6. gillyflower said:

    Looks idyllic! Thank you for the tour.

  7. Wow! You’ve got so much heather on your moor. Why don’t we have more (moor) on ours?:-(

  8. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tour. And the accommodations on this “bus” are awesome! Does everyone get a recliner?

  9. Oh! The moors look beautiful! Someday I will see that – and now I know to come to the UK at this time of year. Some year. Yes, our ancestors were smart – no cell phones and gps, yet still they traveled the world.

  10. I was cheered when we got home to see all the heather looking so glorious and purple. Wow, look at all those hives – theres going to be lots of delicious heather honey before long!!!

    • Wish I knew whose hives they were and I’d be asking to buy some of their honey. The heather lifts the spirits in its magnificence.

  11. Looks great. There’s quite a bit of heather in the New Forest but I haven’t been there lately.

  12. It looks beautiful. I’ve no sense of direction either whereas my husband is very good and says things like ‘just head towards the west’ and I have no idea how to do that.

  13. Thank you for taking us for a walk on the Moors through the heather – so beautiful! We’ve been walking recently through the Northumbrian heathery tops and yes, the scent and the colour and the frantic busyness of the bees is just wonderful. Luckily for us the beehives were well off the beaten path – not at all easy for you having to walk past the hives like that.

    • We should have turned back at that point, downright silly to walk past them. It’s hard to decribe just how wonderful the smell is and the lovely drowsy buzzing of the bees.

  14. That is going to make some delicious honey. Moors are beautiful in late summer and early autumn – September was always my favourite.

    • I would have loved to have kept bees, but when I did a course on beekeeping realised our garden was too close to trees and people, and expensive to get going and quite hard. I shall be looking out for some local honey now.

  15. What a beautiful sight. I don’t think I’d have been too happy walking back past those hives either.

  16. […] a quick bonus photo for you of the shawl colours in daylight! Check out Cathy’s post for some gorgeous moorland […]

  17. Thank you for the lovely photos. I was in the north Yorkshire moors a few weeks ago and I loved the colours. Heather on moorland is so pretty

  18. I’m seeing a few posts about the lovely heather from my UK friends lately – it sure is a pretty sight! Glad you didn’t get lost on the moors!

  19. Thanks for your tour. Loving everyones posts showing moorland heather at the moment. Gorgeous!

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