Dark Skies

Enjoying the view of the Heavens above

We are naturally drawn to the dark skies on a clear night; there is something magical about looking at the stars.

But, experiencing our dark skies, is something people do not get to do often. Both the North York. Moors and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks, are now “International Dark Sky Reserves”; making them two of the best places in the UK to see the night sky in all its glory. The parks take part in a Dark Skies Festival every year, in October and February, with plenty of activities for you to experience the area and the heavens.

Whilst the stars of a clear sky form a magnificent backdrop, there is more to being out at night than just the dark skies. The experience of being in darkness, when it is still, with the noise of wildlife that you can hear but not see, is something a lot of people do not get to do on a regular basis.

Once the clocks go back and the nights get longer, is the best time to see the skies above. We run evening walks and paddle trips in the Dales and Moors and on the River Ure for you to experience the countryside at night. Also, we can navigation training for those that wish to sharpen their skills in the dark. Head torches are provided for you as well as star maps.

Do not worry if you are visiting in the summer months; a walk or a paddle trip in the long summer evenings, away form the crowds can be just as magical. Contact us and we will be happy to help and advise.



Cleveland Way, 2020 Dark Skies Fringe Festival


Above Boltby, North York Moors