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February 11, 2023

SOLD OUT! Stargazing Beneath Ingleborough

Ingleborough Cave, Clapham North Yorkshire LA2 8EA United Kingdom
A gnarly, windswept, bare tree in the foreground with the constellation Orion shining over Ingleborough on a dark night

Join Pete Collins from Diamond Skies for a guided tour of the Dales night sky, and experience the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail as never before. A superb dark sky is one of the things that make the Yorkshire Dales National Park so special, and with large areas completely free from local light pollution, it’s a fantastic place to start your stargazing adventure. There’s no better time to come stargazing here, now that the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been designated as a Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky Association.

The evening will commence in The Old Sawmill Café, at the entrance to the trail, with a talk by Pete about what we can see in the night sky, illustrated with his images of starry skies over iconic Dales landscapes. Then, if it’s clear, we will head a short distance up the trail for some stargazing, where constellations, star clusters, galaxies (including our home galaxy, the Milky Way) and the planets will be pointed out to you. How long we spend on each activity is dependent on cloud-cover and weather conditions.

In the event that stargazing will not be possible, we will spend more time indoors, where Pete will go into more detail on what we would have been able to see in the night sky if clouds had not got in the way! In the event that we are unable to open due to extreme adverse weather, or any other problems, a full refund will be issued minus the card processing charge. Providing the event is running, refunds will not be offered to those unable to attend.

Booking is essential, and all ages are welcome. The Old Sawmill Café will be open for hot drinks and a selection of cakes on the evening, and Pete will have a selection of prints of the night sky alongside iconic local landscapes available for purchase. In total, you will walk a total of approximately 0.5km.