Badbury Rings Car Park – National Trust

Kingston Lacy, Wimbourne, BH21 4DZ

Location description

The car park for this Iron Age hill fort is an officially recognised Dark Sky Discovery Site in the Cranbourne Chase Dark Sky Reserve.


Dark sky discovery site

Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.


Tonight's weather forecast

12/11
18:00
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12/11
21:00
1%
13/11
00:00
1%
13/11
03:00
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13/11
06:00
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Weather forecast for Wimborne Minster (3.76 miles away) updated 11/11/19 at 20:01.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Badbury Rings Car Park - National Trust

This location's 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.

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When to visit

The best time to visit Badbury Rings Car Park - National Trust can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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