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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.

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 16th-31st October 2020 - Now in it's fourth year, this annual festival comprises a series of stargazing events all over the National Park Click here to go the festival webpage 

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 truly dark skies are becoming less common and at places like Exmoor, where there is minimal light pollution, on a cloudless night you can see thousands of stars and astronomical sights with the naked eye.

So why not take the time on Exmoor to look up and rediscover your sense of wonder? Good spots for stargazing 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. Read on to find out more:

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

Astronomy Equipment - we sell a range of books, telescopes and other helpful material at 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.

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


The first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe

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Autumn Feast

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Exmoor Stargazing Break

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Exmoor Pony Centre
29th Oct 2020 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm