Dark sky sites

We are compiling a list of dark sky sites which we use. Please contact us for more details.

In the meantime, to find your own dark sky areas take a look at this World Light Pollution Map which is zoomable right down to local level - red and orange are bad light pollution, green so-so, blue and grey are good. 

For those of us living in North Manchester, our closest area with decently dark skies is the Forest of Bowland north of Clitheroe, and the Yorkshire Dales a bit further north. For people living in south Manchester, maybe Snowdonia is easier to reach.

For those not wanting to travel so far, the sky is fairly dark overhead on the West Pennine Moors north of Horwich, the South Pennines north of Todmorden, and the Peak District east of Glossop. However, with these places the proximity of big cities means there is a lot of sky glow above the horizon even if it's dark overhead.

It's also worth looking at Dark Sky Discovery Sites - there may be one not too far away from you. Forest of Bowland AONB hold a number of stargazing events during the year, hosted by Robert Ince, former resident astronomer at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory. See Forest of Bowland - Stargazing for more information.