Top spots for stargazing
Big open skies are a defining feature of the countryside and on a clear night you can see some 4,000 stars sparkling in our universe all year round. Take a look below at our suggestions for great stargazing spots.
Light pollution is a growing issue for amateur astronomers, but with many of our sites far away from towns and streetlights you can still get a wonderfully clear view of the night sky.
Some of these spots have recently been awarded Dark Sky Discovery status and are now part of the Dark Sky Discovery network, an online map of all the fantastic places that more and more people have easy access to for a good view of the night sky.
Stargazing is best done before the moon is full, so it might be worth looking at the next new moon dates before you book your trip. It's a perfect outdoor activity for kids, especially from autumn when the sun begins to set earlier. It's also one of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities.
Remember safety first - check the weather forecast before you go and make sure you know how you're going to get home. Don't stray far from the path and always keep a torch handy.