Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, County Durham, DL13 3NL

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Location description

This location is a dark sky discovery site freely accessible to the public with 24 hour toilet facilities (overnight parking charges apply). The site is surrounded by trees which block out most nearby light pollution leaving the Milky Way clearly visible in the skies above. Stargazing events are often organised by the Forestry Commission with the support of local astronomers including some from the Go Stargazing team! Hamsterley Forest is a great place to go stargazing and not to far from civilisation!


Dark sky discovery site

Designated dark sky location accessible by members of the public these sites often have free overnight car parking, sometimes have toilet facilities however never allow overnight camping.


Tonight's weather forecast

23/03/17
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Weather forecast for Hamsterley (0.48 miles away) updated 22/03/17 at 20:01.

Light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

Go Stargazing at Hamsterley

Tuesday 28th March 2017 from 19:00pm to Thursday 30th March 2017 22:00pm
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When to visit

The best time to visit Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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