Stay and gaze in the North York Moors
Join in moonlit walks, discover what’s in the heavens from the experts and maybe glimpse the Northern Lights!
On 30 October, head over to Whitby Abbey for a Headland Walk at 7pm. The Dracula inspired Abbey is the perfect spooky site for a talk from the local Astronomical Society, book here
Or take a Magical Moonlight Coastal Walk on 28 October with Alison from Adventures for the Soul & Fabian from AFS Mountaineering. Night walking is said to be an exceptional mood-booster, banish the winter blues and expand your horizons on this sensory stroll.
Switch off the daily grind and take a moonlit walk from iconic Robin Hood’s Bay to Ravenscar on 5 November. Join a group from Large Outdoors, fellow star chasers, and benefit from an expert guide pointing out starry overhead treats.
But the big question – what will you see?
If you look directly overhead during autumn and early winter evenings, you might see a river of light – the darker the skies, the more visible to the naked eye. The soft glow is caused by the light of millions of dim stars within our own galaxy - the Milky Way.
Amazingly the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are also visible from the North York Moors, good displays have recently been seen on the coast. Best bet is to sign up for the AuroraWatchUk app which gives a few hours’ notice.
From meteor showers to the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away!) and the International Space Station that passes overhead throughout the year – if you want to expand your horizons, have your mind blown by the North York Moors Dark Skies.