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Dark Sky Friendly Businesses

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a fantastic place to enjoy the night sky, whether it’s at an organised event at a great venue or simply relaxing at your holiday cottage, campsite or B&B with a deckchair, a warm blanket and some binoculars.

A number of businesses in the Yorkshire Dales have become ‘Dark Sky Friendly’ making it easy for you to plan and make the most of your stay in the area. These include, Riverside House in Malham and Pry House Farm B&B near Keld in Swaledale. They’ve gone the extra mile to offer specific activities, facilities, information or services to enhance your star gazing experience in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Many have taken steps to reduce light pollution on their property so you can enjoy viewing the night sky on the premises.  They can provide equipment such as telescopes or binoculars and reclining chairs with blankets so you can relax and keep warm whilst looking at the stars. They will also have books, star maps and information on events and other great locations for you to enjoy.  Some may also run special events with an expert onsite for activities as part of your stay. 

In addition to Dark Sky Friendly places to stay, you’ll find businesses that are doing their bit to look after and help visitors to enjoy our dark skies.  These are places which have taken steps to reduce light pollution or holding special stargazing events and provide information and useful hints and tips on where to go within the National Park or surrounding areas, so you’ll be ready for some DIY stargazing.