Exmoor Dark Skies

Exmoor Dark Skies

Exmoor National Park has some of the darkest skies in the UK so it’s a great place for stargazing – whatever the season!

Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve is rightly proud of being the first dark sky reserve in Europe. We have minimal light pollution and on a cloudless night you can see the milky way, thousands of stars and astronomical sights with the naked eye.

The popular Exmoor Dark Skies Festival is back for 2021 and will take place on Friday 22nd October to Sunday 7th November. With a variety of festival events for families and adults taking place all over Exmoor, why not book yourself some accommodation and make a holiday of it?

Some particularly good spots for family stargazing are:

Holdstone Hill
County Gate
Brendon Two Gates
Webbers Post
Anstey Gate
Haddon Hill
Wimbleball Lake

Telescopes can also be hired all year round from the National Park Centres at Dunster, Dulverton and Lynmouth.

Photo by Laurence Liddy @LaurenceLiddy – winner in Exmoor At Night Photo Competition 2020

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