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Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Spread Eagle Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 0DT

Car park used by day to access the local nature reserve and by night offers fantastic panoramic views of the skies above.  The location is an officially recognised Dark Sky Discovery Site in the Cranbourne Chase Dark Sky Reserve.


Fontmell Down Nature Reserve is a Go Stargazing Site. The location has been identified by the Go Stargazing team as a good location for stargazing based on local light pollution levels, distance from nearby towns and cities and offers a safe place to park.

Location events organiser

Chasing Stars Cranborne Chase AONB

Chasing Stars Cranborne Chase AONB organises events at this location

Please contact Chasing Stars Cranborne Chase AONB directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location


Weather forecast

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Weather forecast for Fontmell Magna (1.5 miles away) updated 13/08/22 at 04:00.




Events nearby

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  • Solar Observing at Wells Cathedral Green

    Saturday 13th August 2022 from 11:00am to 17:00pm

    Wells Cathedral, Wells, BA5 2UE (26.8 miles away)

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  • Perseids Meteors at Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Saturday 13th August 2022 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

    Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory, Swanage, BH19 2JL (27.3 miles away)

    More info
  • Crewkerne And District Astronomical Society meeting

    Wednesday 17th August 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Norton-sub-Hambdon Village Hall, Norton-sub-Hambdon, TA14 6SF (25.8 miles away)

    More info
  • Wells and Mendip Star Camp

    Friday 2nd September 2022 from 19:00pm to Sunday 4th September 2022 12:00pm

    Nettwood Farm, Bristol, BS40 6DA (29.7 miles away)

    More info
  • Stargazing at Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Sunday 4th September 2022 from 20:15pm to 23:00pm

    Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory, Swanage, BH19 2JL (27.3 miles away)

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Stay and gaze nearby

  • DreamAcres – Cranborne Chase

    Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4LP (13.8 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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