Dart Skies

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Exmoor National Park is home to some of the darkest skies in the country so it's a great place to gaze at the stars.

For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the night sky and wondered at what they saw. This wonder helped to define our sense of who we are, our myths and legends, our religious beliefs and a sense of our place in a wider cosmos.  But the dark skies that were the night time backdrop for the vast majority of human history are for many of us now a rare sight. Our night times are filled with the orange glow of street lighting and we are all more likely to be looking at a television or a smartphone than gazing at the stars. 

So why not take the time on Exmoor to look up and rediscover your sense of wonder? Good spots are Holdstone Hill, County Gate, Brendon Two Gates, Webbers Post, Anstey Gate, Haddon Hill and Wimbleball Lake. On a clear night the night sky of Exmoor is simply stunning when many astronomical sights can be seen through the naked eye and even more can be discovered through a telescope or binoculars.

To help you get the most from Exmoor's dark skies we have produced a new Dark Skies Pocket Guide -  download it  here or pick up a copy from one of our National Park Centres where you can also hire a telescope ! -  you can see one of the telescopes and and how to use them in this short video.

Good weather for stargazing? Check out the Exmoor Weather forecast from the Met Office here

Dark Sky Places Annual Report -  Over the last 12 months many individuals and organisations have been continuing to promote and protect Exmoor’s beautiful dark night time skies. Find out more in our annual Dark Sky Places Report that covers the period October 2016 to September 2017.

AtlanticSkyNet - We're working with partners on a new European project to develop Astro-Tourism in the area. Read more here.

The first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe

Here are some upcoming events that might be particularly suitable if you love stargazing. Or you can browse all events here


Night Hike and Farmhouse Supper

Exford main Car Park
16th Feb 2019 6:00pm-10:00pm
We meet in Exford carpark, next to the school, and head up the Exe Valley Way on...
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Charcoal Making Experience

Bulworthy Project, Hensons Wood, Rackenford, Devon
11th May 2019 9:30am - 12th May 2019 10:00am

Wimbleball Family Camp Out

Wimbleball Lake
31st May 2019 4:00pm - 2nd Jun 2019 11:00am

Exmoor Family Explorers Weekend

Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre
13th Jul 2019 10:00am - 14th Jul 2019 2:00pm

Lorna Doone

The Valley of Rocks
20th Aug 2019 7:30pm-9:30pm

Lorna Doone

The Valley of Rocks
20th Aug 2019 7:30pm-9:30pm