Open from January 2017 the North Pennines Observatory overlooks the picturesque village of Allenheads. The observatory, designed by students from Newcastle University, benefits from the wonderful dark skies above the North Pennines AONB. With a program of events due to start early 2017 this location will soon be a must visit for keen stargazers.
Location event organiser
North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty organises stargazing events at this location.
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.
Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.
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When to stargaze at North Pennines Observatory
This location's semi-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.