Carricks Picnic Area

Carricks Picnic Area

Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland, County Durham, DH8 9PE

Grassy picnic site alongside the River Derwent to the west of Derwent Reservoir, free overnight parking and great dark skies above. Nearest postcode DH8 9PE.


Carricks Picnic Area is a Dark Sky Discovery Site, an officially recognised place where anyone can stargaze. Most such locations have overnight parking (sometimes with a fee); however, many do not allow overnight camping. There may or may not be toilet facilities.

Weather forecast

  • 29/11/23

    93%
  • 29/11/23

    84%
  • 30/11/23

    -1° 46%
  • 30/11/23

    -2° 16%

Weather forecast for Edmundbyres Youth Hostel (2.6 miles away) updated 29/11/23 at 20:00.




Events nearby

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  • Cygnus Observatory public open evening

    Thursday 30th November 2023 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, NE38 8LE (21.8 miles away)

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  • Stargazing and planetarium experience at Twice Brewed Observatory

    Thursday 30th November 2023 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Twice Brewed Observatory and Planetarium, Hexham, NE47 7AN (17.3 miles away)

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  • Stargazing at High Force Waterfall

    Friday 1st December 2023 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

    The High Force Hotel, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XH (15.4 miles away)

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  • Bishop Auckland Astronomical Society monthly meeting

    Friday 1st December 2023 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Bishop Auckland Community Fire Station, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6RS (20.3 miles away)

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  • Stargazing at High Force Waterfall

    Friday 1st December 2023 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    The High Force Hotel, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XH (15.4 miles away)

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Stay and gaze nearby

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  • Brewers Cottage – Hexham

    Leafields, Ordley, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1SX (5.5 miles away)

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  • Carr’s Farm Bunk House

    Wear Bank, Wolsingham, County Durham, DL3 3BQ (10.9 miles away)

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  • Cranmore House – Nenthead

    Holmsfoot, Nenthead, Cumbria, CA9 3LS (13.5 miles away)

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  • Greenends Holiday Cottages

    Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3NA (13.7 miles away)

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  • Sycamore Cottage & Glamping

    Barrasford, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 4AG (14.3 miles away)

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  • Carraw Bed and Breakfast

    Carraw Farm, Humshaugh, Northumberland, NE46 4DB (14.8 miles away)

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