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Carricks Picnic Area

Carricks Picnic Area

Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland, 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

  • 27/11/21

    -1° 3%
  • 27/11/21

    -1° 5%
  • 28/11/21

    -2° 1%
  • 28/11/21

    -3° 0%

Weather forecast for Edmundbyres Youth Hostel (2.6 miles away) updated 27/11/21 at 20:00.




Events nearby

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  • See the Geminids in Bellingham

    Monday 13th December 2021 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Bellingham Camp & Caravan Club Site, Hexham, NE48 2HR (21.5 miles away)

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  • Stargazing at Twice Brewed

    Tuesday 14th December 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Twice Brewed Inn & Observatory, Hexham, NE47 7AN (17.3 miles away)

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  • Stargazing at Twice Brewed

    Wednesday 15th December 2021 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Twice Brewed Inn & Observatory, Hexham, NE47 7AN (17.3 miles away)

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  • Newcastle Astronomical Society meeting

    Thursday 16th December 2021 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Summerhill Bowling Club, Newcastle, NE4 6EH (17.7 miles away)

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  • South Shields Astronomical Society meeting

    Thursday 16th December 2021 from 19:00pm to 20:00pm

    South Tyneside College, South Shields, NE34 6ET (25.7 miles away)

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Stay and gaze nearby

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    Alston Road, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XH (15.4 miles away)

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  • Sayer Hill Farm – Pennine Way

    Sayer Hill Farm, Forest In Teesdale, DL12 0HH (15.4 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Owl Cottage – Teesdale

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    Stay & Gaze

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  • Northumberland Stargazing Hideaway

    Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7HA (16.3 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Mark Close Farmhouse – Alston

    Brampton Road, Alston, CA9 3BD (17.2 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Twice Brewed Inn & Observatory

    Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7AN (17.3 miles away)

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory, Stay & Gaze

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