Whinlatter Forest Park – Forestry Commission

Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TW

Location description

Located in the heart of the Lake District and under fantastic dark skies Whinlatter Forest makes for an awesome stargazing location. Visit during new moon to see the Milky Way and thousands more stars than you would normally see from a town or city.

Location event organiser

Forestry England organises stargazing events at this location.

Go stargazing site

A place identified by the Go Stargazing team as a good spot to stargaze from. This is based on local light pollution levels, distance from nearby towns and cities and having somewhere safe to park. These locations tend to be remote car parks with no facilities.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Whinlatter Visitor Centre (1.01 miles away) updated 06/04/21 at 04:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a dark site setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Whinlatter Forest Park - Forestry Commission

This location's dark site setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 2 events with the last one being on 22nd February 2020 organised by Forestry England.


When to visit

The best time to visit Whinlatter Forest Park - Forestry Commission can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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