Dark Sky Canoeing on Coniston Water

Dark Sky Canoeing on Coniston Water

Wednesday 21st February 2024 from 16:45pm to 19:45pm

Brown Howe Car Park - Coniston
Brown Howe, Coniston, Cumbria, LA12 8DW

Experience something truly unique. Join us on a tranquil night-time canoe paddle on Coniston Water and enjoy the beauty and vastness of the night sky in the heart of the Lake District.

You will start the guided canoe tour in the daylight, giving you time to get to grips with paddling the canoe. We will journey along Coniston Water and watch as the sun sets over the mountains.

Along the journey, we will stop to enjoy some hot chocolate and to look up and marvel at the stars, identify some constellations and see the beauty of the Milky Way. We’ll show you how to navigate using the stars and share our knowledge of the legends and mythology that surround the constellations.

80% of UK residents live under light-polluted skies and can only see about 30 stars in the night sky. Coniston Water has some of the darkest sky in England. Cumbria is listed in the top 5% of the darkest areas in the whole of Britain. On a clear night, we are lucky enough to be able to see thousands of stars, constellations and the Milky Way just with the naked eye, making Coniston one of the best venues in England for star gazing.

Our canoes are designed to fit two. If you have younger children, or you’re not too confident on the water – not to worry – we can join two canoes together to make a super stable and easy-to-paddle canoe raft.

Minimum age: 12 years.

Please note that this has already taken place on 21/02/2024

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Path to Adventure

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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.

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