Dark Skies Festival Night Walk at Robin Hood’s Bay

Dark Skies Festival Night Walk at Robin Hood’s Bay

Wednesday 24th January 2024 from 18:45pm to 21:45pm

Robin Hood's Bay Car Park
Robin Hood's Bay Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4QN

Join the team from Large Outdoors for a fabulous walk from the iconic Robin Hood’s Bay to Ravenscar to experience the coastline of the North York Moors National Park, a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, by night.

The coastal path between the villages of Robin Hood’s Bay and Ravenscar is one of our favourite routes during the daylight hours, but going on an after-dark wander along the route adds a whole new dimension.

This is an area renowned for harbouring smugglers, who would haul their contraband up from the sea and into a network of tunnels and alleys in Robin’s Hood Bay under the cover of darkness. Imagine these night-time antics as you walk the very paths they may have used, tuning in to the sounds and smells of the sea, under a similar inky dark sky.

Following the Cleveland Way National Trail, we’ll pass the evocatively named Boggle Hole, a dramatic cove once used by smugglers and now a great spot for stargazing.

There’ll be plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the magnificent night sky on the route. Your guide will help you spot constellations and celestial bodies, making the most of a truly dark sky.

Once we’ve returned to Robin’s Hood Bay, you could always head to a local pub for a drink and a chat about the evening and the night sky with your fellow participants.

This event is part of the North York Moors Dark Skies Festival 2024.

Please note that this has already taken place on 24/01/2024

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Large Outdoors

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.

Stay and gaze nearby

Stay at one of these stargazing-friendly accommodation providers.

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    Low Rigg Farm, Stainsacre, North Yorkshire, YO22 4LP (2.4 miles away)

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  • Middlehead Cottages – Stape

    Stape, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8HY (12.0 miles away)

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  • Rawcliffe House Farm

    Stape, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8JA (12.7 miles away)

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  • Cropton Cabins Holiday Park

    Cropton, Wrelton, North Yorkshire, YO18 8ES (14.6 miles away)

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  • Gumboots & Wellingtons

    Ellerburn, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LL (14.7 miles away)

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  • North Shire

    Liverton, Saltburn by the Sea, Cleveland, TS13 4TJ (15.2 miles away)

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