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Dart Skies

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.

Here are some upcoming events that you might like....

Wednesday 8th April 2020 - Ranger Guided Walk - Dunkery under the Supermoon.

**Sorry - this event has been CANCELLED due to the coronavirus outbreak **

Saturday 18th April 2020 - Astro Party (for families) at Wimbleball lake

**Sorry - this event has been CANCELLED due to the coronavirus outbreak **

16th to 31st October 2020 Exmoor Dark Skies Festival
Click here for more information on the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2020

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
  • Wimbleball Lake

On a clear night the night sky of Exmoor is simply stunning. Many astronomical sights can be seen through the naked eye and even more can be discovered through a telescope or binoculars.

Dark Skies Pocket Guide  - to help you get the most from Exmoor's dark skies we have produced a pocket guide - download it  here or pick up a copy from one of our National Park Centres

Telescope Hire is available to all from our  National Park Centres -  You can see one of the telescopes and how to use them in this short video.

Exmoor Weather Reports  - 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 prepared for the International Dark Sky Association.


The first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe

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