Wishing on a star in the Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

Love stargazing? Then you will love Exmoor’s Dark Sky Reserve for stargazing.

The sky at night …

There is nothing more exciting, relaxing and special than seeing the sky at night. The Exmoor National Park site has officially been made an International Dark Sky Reserve. The thing that makes this so extraordinary is the site has been declared the first one in the whole of Europe!

For many, the fascination of the sky comes from childhood and fantasy tales we are told. Many of us don’t lose this fascination as adults. Lots of life (or its history) are related to the stars, the sky and the planets, such as the discovery of the universe and religion for example. Therefore it is no surprise that so many people have at least a passing interest.

Trouble is, if, like many you live in a city or vastly populated area, the brightness of the night sky is replaced by the brightness of street lamps, colourful billboards and anything else we are used to seeing in the city.

There are lots of special spots which appear untouched by artificial light and provide the perfect spot for stargazing.

Viewing Exmoor's Dark Sky







Above: Stargazing in Exmoor – a perfect contrast.

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Best places to star gaze

Some of the best places to experience this activity in this area are Wimbleball Lake, County Gate and Holdstone Hill. You may even be lucky enough to find your own viewing spot and area making the event truly memorable.

If you are interested in this activity and would like to find out more, a very good resource we can point you in the direction of the Exmoor National Park’s Dark Sky Places annual report (see here: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/638500/IDSA-Dark-Sky-Places-Annual-Report-October-2014-2015.pdf) which provides lots of useful information and facts. It includes details of astronomical events which may be coming up and future plans/ideas for this project.

Why not come to Exmoor and give this a go? It’s surprising how relaxing it is to be out in the fresh air. Just you and the sky.

What makes the setting of Highcliffe House so special? Find out at our location page.