The summit of this ancient hill fort offers amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding hills and skies and is an officially recognised Dark Sky Discovery Site in the Cranbourne Chase Dark Sky Reserve. The location suffers some light pollution from nearby Warminster. Interestingly the hill is renowned for being one of the UK’s top UFO hotspots!
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.
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When to stargaze at Cley Hill Car Park - National Trust
This location's semi-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.