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Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, County Durham, DL13 3NL

This location is a dark sky discovery site freely accessible to the public with 24 hour toilet facilities (overnight parking charges apply). The site is surrounded by trees which block out most nearby light pollution leaving the Milky Way clearly visible in the skies above. Stargazing events are often organised by the Forestry Commission with the support of local astronomers including some from the Go Stargazing team! Hamsterley Forest is a great place to go stargazing and not to far from civilisation!

Above image by John Patrick
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Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre 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

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  • 28/06/22

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  • 28/06/22

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Weather forecast for Hamsterley (0.5 miles away) updated 27/06/22 at 20:00.




Events nearby

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    Thursday 7th July 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

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