Dark Sky Discovery Trail

An easy walk experiencing some of the

darkest skies in the country

Route Info

This short, mostly level, walk will take you on a mini-adventure onto remote moorland where you will truly discover the tranquility of Exmoor (Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve) at night and, weather permitting, have a chance to experience the incredible stars all around you.

Purchase a water and tear resistant route guide online or from an Exmoor National Park Centre or use the OS digital map linked below and follow the glow in the dark signs to the mid point at the ruins of Larkbarrow Farm which provide a unique backdrop to stop and take in the night sky and your surroundings before returning  along the same route back.

Between May and September cattle may be in the fields. Do not disturb or approach the cattle and be extra mindful if they have calves.

Start point: Lay-by near Larkbarrow Corner. Grid Ref: SS 8275 4177. What3Words: notices.reworked.rebelGoogle Maps.
Limited parking is available here - please park considerately ensuring you do not restrict access to the road or gates.

Discover more about Exmoor's dark skies here.

Photo Credit: WillGater.com

Distance 3.2 km (about 2 miles) -  Time- allow 1.5 hours to include a brerak at the midpoint for stargazing.

Link to route on Ordnance Survey mapping

A trail guide outlining the route and the sights to be encountered on and above ground is available, printed on water and tear resistant paper.