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.
Location events organiser
Sunderland Astronomical Society organises events at this location
Please contact Sunderland Astronomical Society directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location
Weather forecast for Edmundbyres Youth Hostel (2.0 miles away) updated 29/01/22 at 04:00.
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Best time to visit
The below chart shows when the skies will be at their darkest at this location and therefore the best time to visit. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing. See our dark sky calendar for more details.