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Stargazing in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve is rightly proud of being the first dark sky reserve in Europe. Much of the region is free from light pollution and rightly claims to have some of the darkest skies in the country.

Going stargazing in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve will reward you with amazing views of the cosmos. The sky is filled with many more stars than you would normally see from a town or city. The glow of the Milky Way is easily spotted on dark moonless nights.

A number of campsites and accommodation providers across the region are Dark Sky Friendly and several Dark Sky Discovery Sites offer amazing places to stargaze.

The team at Exmoor National Park have put together this fantastic astronomer’s guide and includes lots of tips for stargazing in the region.

Stargazing events are arranged all year round including planetarium sessions and guided public stargazing sessions for groups or exclusive booking at Exmoor’s Dark Sky Discovery Hub at Exford.

Every October the National Park hosts a two-three week Dark Skies Festival of events at locations all over the moor. Telescopes can also be hired all year round from the National Park Centres at Dunster, Dulverton and Lynmouth.

Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve is well worth a visit!

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Stargazing locations in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

  • Landacre Bridge

    Landacre Lane, North of Sandyway

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Molland Moor

    Molland, South Molton, EX36

    Recommended Stargazing Site

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  • Spire Cross – Exmoor

    Halse Lane, Near Winsford, TA24 7JD, South West

    Go Stargazing Site, Public Venue

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  • Valley of Rocks Car Park – Lynton

    Lynton, Exmoor, EX35 6JL

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Webbers Post

    Exmoor National Park, South of Horner, TA24

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Wimbleball Lake

    Dluverton, Near Tiverton, Somerset, Devon, TA22, Somerset

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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Stargazing accommodation in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

  • Heale Farm – Exmoor

    Parracombe, North Devon, EX31 4QE

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Longmead House – Exmoor

    9 Longmead, Lynton, EX35 6DQ

    Stay & Gaze

    More info
  • Salad Days & Holi Moli Beach Huts – Dunster

    Dunster Beach, Minehead, TA24 6TH

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Shoulsbarrow Farm

    Exmoor National Park, Challacombe, EX31 4TS, South West

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Simonsbath House Hotel

    Simonsbath, Minehead, TA24 7SH, South West

    Stay & Gaze

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