UK Star Gazing

Light pollution in the UK
Credit: Need-Less
 

There are many remote locations around the British Isles that allow us to see the night sky in its full glory, especially in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. However, the top ten star-gazing locations, as suggested by the Guardian Newspaper, are as follows:

 

  • Kielder Forest, Northumberland

    England's largest forest, and home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe. Stargazers should visit the Kielder Observatory.

  • Galloway Forest, Scotland

    The darkest area in mainland Britain, and Europe's first "dark sky park". Up to 7,000 stars are visible at night.

  • Kelling Heath, north Norfolk

    An area of outstanding natural beauty near the north Norfolk steam railway. Hosts an annual "star party" in early spring.

  • Stonehenge, Wiltshire

    An ideal place for watching stars, given the stones' relationship to the skies. Local groups host an evening of stargazing and storytelling in April.

  • Wenlock Edge, Shropshire

    Five miles from Much Wenlock. The Veil Nebula has been spotted from here.

  • Winsford Hill, Somerset

    Located in the middle of Exmoor, yet still accessible by car, Winsford Hill is even less affected by light pollution than other nearby stargazing spots.

  • Mam Tor, Derbyshire

    A bronze age hill fort in the Peak District, Mam Tor is far enough away from Sheffield to be largely free from light pollution.

  • Black Down, Sussex

    The highest point on the South Downs: you'll see stars and maybe a few Pipistrelle bats.

  • Knighton, Powys, Wales

    Home of the Spaceguard observatory.

  • Penbryn Beach, Ceredigion, Wales

    Good for spotting both stars and Bottlenose dolphins.