Full Moon Walk in the North York Moors

Full Moon Walk in the North York Moors

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

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

Enjoy a magical full-moon walk with expert leaders from Large Outdoors at Sutton Bank in the North York Moors National Park.

Usually a firm favourite of Large Outdoors’ Dark Skies Festival events, join us for a moonlit, 4-mile guided walk at Sutton Bank in the North York Moors National Park.

Sutton Bank is a captivating location (home to one of the North York Moors National Park’s visitor centres) where visitors typically enjoy panoramic views from the dramatic escarpment during the daylight hours. At night, however, Sutton Bank becomes a Dark Sky Discovery Site – a proper night-sky paradise officially recognised for its low light pollution levels and apparent horizons.

You can meet your Large Outdoors guide at 6:45 pm. Be ready to start walking at 7 pm. You’ll need to be suitably kitted out to walk and explore at night, which includes a head torch – please see the Compulsory Kit List under the Good to Know section below.

Being relatively brighter than other more distant objects, full moons don’t make for incredible stargazing, so we’re letting the moon itself take centre stage tonight. We’ll enjoy the exceptionally bright lunar spectacle (weather permitting!) as it lights our surroundings along the ridge.

As we walk along, your senses will become more attuned to their surroundings, and there’s a chance you’ll be able to pick up the sights and sounds of wildlife, such as owls and foxes going about their nocturnal lives.

Our route will be a gentle there-and-back along good paths, covering approximately 4 miles. We aim to be back at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre by 10 pm.

Please note: This walk will go ahead whether it’s a clear, cloudy, wet, or dry night. Your Large Outdoors guide will lead you along the route for an enjoyable walk, even if the weather doesn’t look like it will play fair for gazing at the moon (there may well be breaks in the clouds along the way).

 


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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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