Beacon Fell Visitor Centre

Beacon Fell, Preston, PR3 2NL

Location description

A country park with 185 acres of extensive conifer woods, moorland, visitor centre & high summit with open views.  Fantastic dark skies make this a great stargazing location with events taking place regularly throughout the observing season September through to April.


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 and most do not allow overnight camping.


Tonight's weather forecast

01/12/20
18:00
5%
01/12/20
21:00
6%
02/12/20
00:00
9%
02/12/20
03:00
24%
Weather forecast for Longridge (4.05 miles away) updated 01/12/20 at 18:00.

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 Beacon Fell Visitor Centre

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.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 37 events with the last one being on 27th May 2020 organised by Robert Ince.

Location

When to visit

The best time to visit Beacon Fell Visitor Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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