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Top Stargazing Spots in Cornwall


These long dark winter nights may be a bit depressing but there is one advantage!  If you live in Cornwall, or plan to visit soon then you will be excited to learn that two locations in Cornwall have secured “Dark Sky” status, meaning they are classed as some of the best stargazing locations in the UK.

A dark-sky designated area is usually surrounding a park or observatory, that is kept free of artificial light pollution. The purpose of a dark-sky preserve is generally to promote astronomy.

Both sites are owned by the National Trust, one is at St Agnes Head and the other at the Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, both on the north coast.

It sounds amazing and I am going to stay near Newquay (my favourite spot) for a short break as I love the quirky shops, cliff top walks, fantastic restaurants and (hopefully) mild Cornish weather but at night I’m looking forward to taking the car and heading a few miles north or south to experience the thrill of dark skies full of stars.

On a clear night Carnewas will give a 360 degree view with the western horizon on the ocean and is perfect for sunsets and popular with the local Kernow astronomers. While if you travel a few miles south to St Agnes Head (with free car parking), you get breathtaking views from the cliff tops but make sure you don’t venture too close to the edge of the paths, particularly when looking skywards!

This time of year is great for stargazers – there are the bright, colourful stars of Orion and you can follow the stars of his belt to see Taurus. With any luck you will also see the galaxy of Andromeda and the Milky Way.

If you see a shooting star, don’t forget to make a wish!

Image credit: Richard Collett

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Posted by Vicky Warren