The best time to head outdoors to see the night sky is after the sun has fully set, and there's no bright moon to affect visibility. Bear in mind that there are only two weeks in each month when the skies are completely dark.
Use a head torch! Dark skies mean a dark environment that’s not spoilt by artificial light. So, you will need to be able to see the ground at your feet when you’re moving around at night. Remember to take a telescope or binoculars so that you can enjoy an even better view of those glorious stars!
The coldest time of day is, unfortunately, the best time for stargazing. So, wrap up warm! Take blankets and a few extra layers. Also, a flask of hot tea is also an excellent way of warming you up on a cold, starry night.
Regular stargazing events, including guided walks, are held at the following:
Grizedale Forest is situated between the Lakes of Windermere and Coniston, extending over 24 kilometres of tarns, hills, and woodland. There is little or no light pollution in this area, meaning that you can look forward to outstanding views of the starry night skies through the forest canopy. You can enjoy regular stargazing events, including guided walks, when you will have the opportunity to wonder at the skies through a powerful telescope.
Allan Bank, Grasmere
Allan Bank in Grasmere is one of the only two Dark Sky Discovery Sites found in Cumbria. This historic house nestles amid wooded grounds atop a small hill and is well away from sources of artificial light, making it the perfect spot for stargazing on a clear night.
Stargazing events are organised throughout the year, many coinciding with notable astral events, including meteor showers.