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

Dark Night Skies Cranborne Chase AONB

Dark Night Skies Cranborne Chase AONB organises events at this location

Please contact Dark Night Skies Cranborne Chase AONB directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location


Weather forecast

  • 13/06/24

    11° 85%
  • 13/06/24

    13° 59%
  • 14/06/24

    13° 16%
  • 14/06/24

    11° 4%

Weather forecast for Fontmell Magna (1.5 miles away) updated 13/06/24 at 12:00.




Events nearby

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  • Weymouth Astronomy Club meeting

    Friday 14th June 2024 from 19:30pm to 17:00pm

    Aldhelm's Church Centre, Weymouth, DT3 5EW (26.8 miles away)

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  • Crewkerne and District Astronomical Society meeting and observing

    Wednesday 19th June 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

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

    More info
  • Fordingbridge Astronomers monthly meeting

    Wednesday 19th June 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    The Elm Tree - Ringwood, Ringwood, BH24 3DY (19.2 miles away)

    More info
  • Solar Observing with the Bath Astronomers

    Saturday 22nd June 2024 from 10:00am to 16:00pm

    Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath, BA1 2BL (30.0 miles away)

    More info
  • Bath Astronomers monthly meeting

    Wednesday 26th June 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath, BA1 2BL (30.0 miles away)

    More info

Stay and gaze nearby

Stay at one of these stargazing-friendly accommodation providers.

  • DreamAcres – Cranborne Chase

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

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Double-Gate Farm B&B

    Riverside, Lower Godney, Somerset, BA5 1RZ (29.5 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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