Dark Skies Festival Night Walk at Sutton Bank

Dark Skies Festival Night Walk at Sutton Bank

Sunday 18th February 2024 from 18:45pm to 21:45pm

Sutton Bank Visitor Centre
Sutton Bank, Near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH

Enjoy the very special experience of walking at night through the Sutton Bank landscape, under the North York Moor’s dark skies.

James Herriot, vet and author of All Creatures Great and Small fame, once described Sutton Bank in the North York Moors National Park as ‘England’s Finest View’. We’ll head towards this incredible viewpoint during this special Dark Skies Festival night walk.

Just feet from our car park meeting place we’ll be plunged into darkness as we make our way along trails to the edge of the escarpment. From our viewpoint we’ll be able to see the twinkling lights of distant towns and villages below us. The real stars of tonight, however, are above us.

Once your eyes become accustomed to the darkness, you can appreciate a sky jam-packed with stars. As the North York Moors is a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, this is one of the world’s finest places for stargazing. It’s one of those humbling experiences that you can really lose yourself in. Our guides will help you spot constellations and other celestial bodies – be they planets, satellites, or shooting stars!

After-dark walking is also a great opportunity to pick up a few night navigation techniques from our guides. If you’d like to know more about finding your way on the trails after dark, we’re running special Night Navigation Experience evenings during the Dark Skies Festival.

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

Please note that this has already taken place on 18/02/2024


Event organiser

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.



Forthcoming events

Below is a list of events at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre. View these events on our calendar, add them to your calendar or Google Calendar.

  • Full Moon Walk in the North York Moors

    Sunday 17th November 2024 from 18:45pm to 21:45pm

    Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

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  • Full Moon Walk in the North York Moors

    Sunday 17th November 2024 from 18:45pm to 21:45pm

    Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

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  • Full Moon Walk in the North York Moors

    Wednesday 12th February 2025 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

    Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

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