Night walks for dark skies

Big, open skies are a defining feature of the countryside we care for. On a clear night you can see many thousands of stars sparkling in our galaxy - and if you take binoculars, possibly beyond it. If you're looking to open your eyes to something new, download one of our dark sky walking routes for one of these great stargazing spots.

Trees silhouetted against the skyline at Black Down, South Downs, West Sussex
Can you hear the nightjar? National Trust Images / John Miller

Seeing stars at Black Down, West Sussex 

Black Down's lofty peak and restored heathland make it a great place to see wildlife during the day, and to experience the night sky after the sun has gone down.

The East shore of Derwentwater, looking south to Castle Crag and the 'Jaws of Borrowdale', on a sunny summers day, Cumbria
A special spot for stargazing National Trust Images / Simon Fraser

Watch the stars at Friar's Crag, Lake District 

Friar's Crag, above Derwent Water, offers a peaceful place to observe the night sky.

Sheep on the tussocky hillside at Mam Tor in Edale in the Peak District, Derbyshire
Enjoy the unobstructed views of the Milky Way National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

Mam Tor, Peak District 

Head up Mam Tor in the Peak District to escape light pollution and drink in the Milky Way.

Gentle waves breaking on to the sandy beach, viewed from the bracken-covered dunes at Penbryn, Ceredigion, Wales
Come for the stars and you might also see dolphins National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

Penbryn Beach, Cardigan, Wales 

Stand on the golden sands of the National Trust's Penbryn Beach and gaze up at the stars in the dark skies above. Just be careful you don't get your feet wet.

View from the roof of Castle Drogo, Devon, towards Dartmoor and the Teign Valley
Wide open skies for stargazing National Trust Images / Robert Morris

Try stargazing at Teign Valley, Devon 

On the edge of Dartmoor, the National Trust's Piddledown Common sits below wide open skies that show off the galaxy's wonderful display of stars.

Visitors on an insect hunt at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire.
Big skies at Wicken Fen National Trust Images / John Millar

Wicken Fen, Cambs 

On a clear night, the stars put on a fine show in the skies over Wicken Fen. You might see owls, deer and glow worms too.