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Millshield car park and picnic area

Millshield car park and picnic area

Blanchland , Consett, County Durham, DH8 9PT

Millshield car park and picnic area is a fantastic stargazing location near Derwent Reservoir. It is distant enough from nearby sources of light pollution to afford excellent views of the night skies, with the Milky Way clearly visible. As such, the location is frequently used by Members of the Sunderland Astronomical Society. Overnight parking is allowed, but no camping or caravanning, for a small charge.


Millshield car park and picnic area 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

Sunderland Astronomical Society

Sunderland Astronomical Society organises events at this location

Please contact Sunderland Astronomical Society directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location


Weather forecast

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Weather forecast for Edmundbyres Youth Hostel (2.0 miles away) updated 01/07/22 at 20:00.




Events nearby

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    Monday 8th August 2022 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

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  • Summer Skies Stargazing at Twice Brewed Observatory

    Tuesday 9th August 2022 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

    Twice Brewed Inn & Observatory, Hexham, NE47 7AN (18.3 miles away)

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  • Summer Skies Stargazing at Twice Brewed Observatory

    Wednesday 10th August 2022 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

    Twice Brewed Inn & Observatory, Hexham, NE47 7AN (18.3 miles away)

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    Thursday 11th August 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

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  • Summer Skies Stargazing at Twice Brewed Observatory

    Thursday 11th August 2022 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

    Twice Brewed Inn & Observatory, Hexham, NE47 7AN (18.3 miles away)

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