Dark skies

Ever thought of having a go at stargazing in Yorkshire? Did you know there are 88 different constellations of stars?

Nidderdale’s large areas of open moorland and small, remote villages mean that light pollution is minimal, and the night skies in the Yorkshire Dales are some of the darkest skies in England. Nidderdale AONB’s dark skies offer a wonderful opportunity to sit back and gaze at the stars, and anyone can do it. You don’t need fancy equipment to see an amazing array of stars – you can see a lot of stars and even the Milky Way with the naked eye or a pair of binoculars – so why not give stargazing a go!

The map below shows how dark the skies are across Nidderdale AONB – the darker the colour the darker the sky. We have also marked on a few suggestions for good places to gaze!