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Mel

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TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« on: 12:59:16, 21/08/19 »
It's that time of year again where I go a bit gaga because the heather's in bloom and I have to make my annual pilgrimage up onto the North York Moors for my fix.


With one thing and another over the past couple of months I've only managed short, local walks, plus, I'm only just getting over a horrible summer cough/cold but I felt well enough to head "into the wilderness" for a little Mellie-Mooch.


What I didn't find was miles of heathery, purpleyfied loveliness to walk through but what I did have was a smashing little walk in the fresh air which ended up being not too strenuous and just perfect for my first "proper" walk in ages.


Full write up with piccies on my bloggy wotsit HERE


Thanks for looking  :)

I'm tired of people bein' ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. - John Coffey, The Green Mile

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #1 on: 15:46:22, 21/08/19 »
Nice walk and report  O0. It's great to get out after a layoff.
I thought we were the only ones with the idea of a heather walk in late summer. In previous years we did a few in the Hirnants and Berwyns in Wales, though the heather colours peak at somewhat different times from year to year.

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #2 on: 18:40:50, 21/08/19 »
Nice blog Mel. Shame about the lack of purpleness.

It's good to get out and about again though. My general mood has lifted several notches over the past couple weeks after a lengthy lay up  O0.

Rob Goes Walking

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #3 on: 19:36:41, 21/08/19 »
Nice TR, woods at Crosscliff Brow and action shot Mel!

Re the fitness, it might drop off quick but it comes back quite quick too. Appreciate not everyone has 2 hours a day to dedicate to walking but if you do and go as fast as you can, especially up hill you should find in a couple of weeks big improvements, I did this on top of going to the gym it still made a big difference I was surprised how much.


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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #4 on: 20:36:27, 21/08/19 »
Nice TR Mel, I knew it was your TR by the title  :)

Shame about the lack of heather. 5.3 miles is a fair distance for someone who isn't that well  O0
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

Rob Goes Walking

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #5 on: 20:42:33, 21/08/19 »

Shame about the lack of heather. 5.3 miles is a fair distance for someone who isn't that well  O0

Yes it is and I'm glad you're on the mend.

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #6 on: 21:32:58, 21/08/19 »
Hopefully being able to get out and about again will have made you feel better.

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #7 on: 22:06:01, 21/08/19 »
Enjoyed your TR Mel and glad you're getting better. Going a walk really is therapeutic.

Lovely photo of the butterfly     :)

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #8 on: 10:40:30, 22/08/19 »
Nice pics :) , theres some bug or other thats affecting the heather, I think. :-\
You've given the phlegm to me  :(

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #9 on: 12:39:04, 22/08/19 »
Nice report and glad youre feeling better. We always head to Dunwich Heath (Suffolk) this time of year to see the heather (were only about a half hour drive away). We were there a couple of weeks ago and it was looking good (didnt take any photos though as Ive taken so many in the past).

Mel

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #10 on: 22:15:32, 22/08/19 »
Vghikers - cheers and yes, it is a wonderful feeling to get out and about after a layoff.


Warbler - yes, getting out in the fresh air and greenery definitely lifts the spirits.  I never even realised how "fed up" I'd been feeling until afterwards.


Rob - cheers, it's not so much general fitness as hill fitness - my legs are still killing me today!  ... and if only I had some local hills to get out on - seriously, there aren't any where I live.  Draw a line from Hull to the east coast and that triangle of land between the sea and the Humber is my local stomping ground.  I'm not even sure there's a contour line  ;D


April - am I that predictable?  ;D   I'm happy with the 5 and a bit miles, all things considered.


Ridge - aye, it's definitely got me champing at the bit to get out and do a bit more again now.  I must make some time now I've officially started my part time hours.


Dovegirl - thanks.  I'm chuffed to bits with the butterfly pic - they don't usually pose like that for me  :)


Pleb - yes, I think it was harland that mentioned these beetles that are eating the heather.  I do think I was just that little bit too low to be on the heather moorland proper though as Levisham Moor was full of purple loveliness and so was Fylingdales and Goathland Moors - so it's there, just not where I was.  Re. the phlegm - you can look forward to sleepless nights coughing lungs up for about a week if that helps  :-\


Rural roamer - now I wouldn't have imagined Suffolk to have heather moorland so that's surprised me!


Thanks everyone for the comments and I'm definitely on the mend  :)




I'm tired of people bein' ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. - John Coffey, The Green Mile

rural roamer

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #11 on: 12:32:05, 23/08/19 »
Mel, I dont think its actually moorland in Suffolk, Ive always thought of it as heathland- note to self to check that out!  I didnt think we had any moors in this part of the country.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach/trails/dunwich-heath-gorse-walk


Mel

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #12 on: 18:12:42, 23/08/19 »
Ahh, rural roamer, well maybe I used the wrong terminology.  I associate the word "moors" with heather so (wrongly) assume that wherever heather grows it is classed as moors/moorland....even though when I actually think about it, that isn't true  ;D
I'm tired of people bein' ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. - John Coffey, The Green Mile

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #13 on: 10:49:13, 25/08/19 »
Nice pics, Mel - there's a unique quality to the North York Moors - despite missing the best of the heather!

Harebells are a gorgeous alternative, though.

Mel

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Re: TR: In Search of Purple Loveliness
« Reply #14 on: 15:00:23, 26/08/19 »
Thanks Richard.  It is a walk I'd be happy to do again and there's plenty of scope for variations  :)
I'm tired of people bein' ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. - John Coffey, The Green Mile