Stargazing in North Peninnes AONB

Find places to stargaze in this region

The North Peninnes has embraced one of the wonderful natural resources it has -- fantastic dark skies. Being one of the first AONB's to create official dark sky discovery sites a number of publicly accessible stargazing locations make it a great region for stargazing. The North Peninnes Observatory in Allenheads opens its doors in January 2017. Stargazing in North Peninnes AONB has an exciting future ahead.

Stargazing locations in North Peninnes AONB

The map below shows places to go stargazing in North Peninnes AONB including observatories, officially recognised dark sky locations and recommended sites. We very much welcome suggestions if you'd like to contact us.

List of stargazing locations in North Peninnes AONB

Allendale Golf Club

Near Sinderhope, Allendale, NE47

Balderhead Reservoir

Hunderthwaite, Near Cotherstone, DL12

Bollihope Common

Hill End, Frosterley, DL13 2SY

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Newbiggin, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XF

Burnhope Reservoir

Wearhead, St Johns Chapel, DL13

Carricks Picnic Area

Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland, DH8 9PE

Clesketts Car Park

RSPB Geltsdale, Forest Head, CA8

Cow Green Reservoir

Upper Teesdale, Langdon Beck, DL12

Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, County Durham, DL13 3NL

Hury Reservoir

Hury , Barnard Castle, DL12 9UU

North Pennines Observatory

The Old School House, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Parkhead Station

Stanhope Moor, Stanhope, DL13 2ES

Pow Hill

Pow Hill Country Park, Edmundbuyers, DH8

Selset Reservoir

Grassholme, Near Mickleton, DL12

Waskerley Reservoir Car Park

Waskerley, Stanhope, DH8 9DX

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