Stargazing on Exmoor
We are lucky enough to have really dark skies on Exmoor and in fact were the first Dark Skies Reserve to be recognised in Europe. You will see many stars and also the Milky Way on a clear night.
We have the National Park Dark Skies pocket guide available in our information room. Bring your own binoculars or telescope or hire a telescope from one of the National Park Centres. Useful information can be found on the Gostargazing website such as what to look for and when and a calendar that shows the best times to go stargazing when the moon is not too bright. Once you are here you can find the local weather reports at Exmoor weather forecast from the Met Office. The campsite attracts both dedicated stargazers as well as those new to it. We hosted a National Park event the year Exmoor became a Reserve and have also had a group of astronomers here for a Star Party. Should you want to go off site for stargazing we are only ¾ mile from Spire Cross which is recommended by the National Park. There is a Dark Skies Festival organised annually in the autumn by the National Park with many varied events. You will find information here www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/stargazing
You can book a private or group guided stargazing experience with www.wildaboutexmoor.co.uk
There are regular events at the Exmoor Dark Sky Discovery Hub at Exford including a Tuesday stargazing presentation and supper https://wildaboutexmoor.com/exmoor-dark-skies-discovery-hub/
Suggested Night Walk
This night walk, created by the Exmoor National Park, offers excellent Dark Skies star gazing.