Did you know that North Devon and Exmoor are some of the best places in the UK for star gazing? The Exmoor National Park is home to Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve because of its low level of light pollution and the clarity of the night sky. The moor hosts its own Dark Skies Festival every year, but while we’re still in the quiet season, here are our top places for a spot of stargazing.
Holdstone Down, Exmoor
Just on the outskirts of Combe Martin is Holdstone Down which is a designated Dark Sky Discovery site. On a clear evening, you can see thousands of stars without even needing a telescope or binoculars!
Bursdon Moor, Hartland
Located on the Hartland Peninsula – which is well worth a trip during the day to see those rugged cliffs and the beautiful coastline – is Bursdon Moor. In daylight, from here you’ll have a wonderful view of the coast and the chance to see Bronze Age burial mounds, but when night falls there are opportunities for uninterrupted views of the night sky.
County Gate, Exmoor
Right on the border with Somerset is the village of Oare where you’ll find County Gate, a picturesque place with a beautiful landscape. County Gate has some of the lowest light pollution in the region, making it a great place for anyone who wants to enjoy the stars.