The Night Sky
There is so much light pollution in our towns and cities these days, we hope that you will stay in the Peak District and make the most of the opportunity to really see the night sky at its most beautiful (weather permitting of course!!).
The Peak District National Park Authority, Nottingham Trent University and the Science and Technology Facilities Council have identified three dark sky discovery sites where there are good conditions for stargazing. We think that you only have to walk out of the door of your cottage however! There are no towns close by, or street lights either, so if the skies are clear, the stars really do stand out.
We print out the monthly night sky map which you can take a look at whilst you stay with us. Just let us know if you’d also like to borrow some binoculars.
Peak District National Park dark sky sites
The 3 dark sky sites at national park car parks are located at:
- Surprise View, off the A6187 near Hathersage
- Parsley Hay, off the A515 near Hartington (nearest postcode SK17 0DG) – closest to the cottages
- Minninglow, off the A515 at Pikehall (nearest postcode DE4 2PN)
These sites are easily accessible and are well known for their panoramic views in the daytime. The astronomy interpretation panels in place at these sites will help people to explore the night skies. The panels are changed each season.
Please note: When accessing dark sky discovery sites, the ground underfoot can be rough, wet and muddy. Warm, waterproof clothing and sensible shoes and a torch are essential for these dark places.