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Dart Skies

Dark Skies Map

Exmoor National Park has some of the darkest skies in the UK so it's a great place for Stargazing. Read more below or use this map to find our recommended family stargazing and astronomy observation sites along with the locations of our Exmoor Dark Sky Friendly Accredited businesses. click on the map for full screen

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Exmoor's Dark Skies

Our dark skies are some of the best in the UK. 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. In 2011 Exmoor was designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky Association. So why not take the time to visit Exmoor and look up?

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival -  22nd Oct to 7th November 2021 - visit the festival webpage here 


New for 2021!!! An Astronomer's Guide to Exmoor National Park

- this free downloadable document has been written by astronomer Jo Richardson and is designed to show the reader why Exmoor is one of the best places in the UK for stargazing. It also contains tips on locations for lunar, constellation, dep sky and  Summer Milky Way observations including notes on parking, equipment set-up and facilities. There's also a picture gallery giving examples of what wonders have been captured by local astrophotographers. Download the Astronomer's Guide Here.


More Stargazing Info

Dark Skies Pocket Guide  - to help you get the most from Exmoor's dark skies we have produced a pocket guide - Download the Pocket Guide here or pick up a copy from one of our National Park Centres. Some particularly good spots for family stargazing are::

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

When is a good time or weather for stargazing? You'll see the most stars on a clear and moonless night - Check out the Exmoor Weather forecast from the Met Office here and for general stargazing advice, moon phases, astronomical events and advice on equipment visit www.gostargazing.co.uk

Dark Skies Discovery Hub at Exford - events every Tuesday!

Dark Skies Discovery Hub at Exford  -  New for 2021-  Jennie and Malcolm Wild from Wild about Exmoor have joined forces with the Exford Bridge Tea Rooms (Chapel Street, Exford TA24 7PY) to put on a series of bookable guided stargazing events and planetarium style presentations throughout the summer, including a regular Tuesday evening events in 2021.. The Tea Rooms has information to help inspire you to make the most our dark skies, star charts, astronomical events and details of events you can book.

For more info visit  www.wildaboutexmoor.com/exmoor-stargazing-and-night-hikes call 01643 831759 or email info@wildaboutexmoor.com

If you're thinking of visiting Exmoor and would like to contact someone from the National Park about stargazing and stargazing events then please email Katrina on KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Exmoor Dark Skies Newsletter - To sign up for our Dark Skies E-newsletter to find out about any events or the 2021 festival enter your name and email address to sign up to our newsletters.

Telescope Hire

Is available to all from our  National Park Centres - where we also sell a range of books, telescopes and helpful material. You can see one of the telescopes and how to use them in this short video. Telescopes can be hired from the 3 Exmoor National Park Centres (Dulverton, Dunster and Lynmouth) which you then take out yourself onto Exmoor to see the stars. Check the link for each Centre's opening hours and contact details to book your hire.£25.00 cost of hire for a night, £10.00 cost for any additional nights, £100 deposit (which is refunded). We are currently implementing a 72 hour period between hire in order to clean and isolate the equipment due to the Coronavirus.

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 prepared for the International Dark Sky Association.


Exmoor "Dark Sky Friendly" Accommodation Providers

The following accommodation and experience/activity providers have all received dark skies training and have been accredited as Dark Sky Friendly businesses. They understand the importance of Exmoor's dark skies, why they need protecting and can help you make the most of your visit with advice and stargazing equipment/resources available for your use.

Experience Providers

Accommodation Providers


Explore Exmoor Dark Skies Images on Flickr