Watchtree Nature Reserve

Watchtree Nature Reserve

Great Orton, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 6NL

Watchtree is a fully accessible nature reserve with clear views towards the South and overlooks the Solway Firth to the North. Its location six miles West of Carlisle means it’s a great place to escape local light pollution and a wonderful place to stargaze. The Border Astronomical Society host occasional stargazing events here.


Watchtree 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.

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Weather forecast for Wigton (4.6 miles away) updated 18/05/24 at 04:00.




Events nearby

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  • Saving our Night Skies

    Monday 20th May 2024 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

    Great Salkeld Village Hall, Penrith, CA11 9LW (18.6 miles away)

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  • Eden Valley and Penrith Astronomy Group meeting and stargazing

    Thursday 23rd May 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Morland and Newby Village Hall, Penrith, CA10 3AS (26.7 miles away)

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  • Cockermouth Astronomical Society monthly meeting

    Tuesday 28th May 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Friends Meeting House - Cockermouth, Cockermouth, (18.3 miles away)

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  • Eden Valley and Penrith Astronomy Group meeting and stargazing

    Thursday 20th June 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Morland and Newby Village Hall, Penrith, CA10 3AS (26.7 miles away)

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  • Cockermouth Astronomical Society monthly meeting

    Tuesday 25th June 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Friends Meeting House - Cockermouth, Cockermouth, (18.3 miles away)

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Stay and gaze nearby

Stay at one of these stargazing-friendly accommodation providers.

  • Tarn End Cottages – Talkin Tarn

    Waters Edge, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 1BF (15.0 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Near Howe

    Mugrisdale, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0SH (16.2 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Brookfield Guest House – Keswick

    Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4LJ (18.7 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Greenah Bed & Breakfast

    Matterdale, Thackthwaite, Cumbria, CA11 0SA (19.5 miles away)

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  • The Quiet Site

    Ullswater, Bennett Head, Cumbria, CA11 0LS (20.3 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Mark Close Farmhouse – Alston

    Brampton Road, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3BD (25.5 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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