Join us to experience the dark skies magic of Dartmoor. Among the astronomical treats to enjoy on this evening will be Mars and Saturn - two of the most iconic planets in our solar system - as well as galaxies, nebulae, constellations and more. Dartmoor’s Daughter will lead the walk and talk about the landscape context and tales from the area. And Dartmoor Skies will talk about the Solar System and pitch their large telescopes to offer everyone the opportunity to view some of our neighbouring planets and more. D365 Squares include L19, K19, L18. Our back-up plan for cloudy skies will be a local pub/hotel.
Fee and booking: £10 per adult. And £5 per child. Group size is limited so pre-booking is essential.
Time: 7.45pm for 8pm walking start. 10.30pm Finish.
Where to meet: HAYTOR TOP CAR PARK. As you drive 3 miles west from Bovey Tracey on the B3387, you will pass Haytor Visitors Centre car park on your left. Haytor Top car park is the 2nd car park after this one - at the top of the hill with Haytor Rocks to your right. Grid Reference - SX765772. The nearest postcode is TQ13 9XT but your Sat Nav won’t take you to the exact location. This is a pay and display carpark so please bring coins with you.
Level: 1 out of 3 - mainly grassy path on open moorland with a stile to climb over and hill to walk up to the tor.
What to wear/bring: Sturdy walking shoes; plenty of warm layers; windproof and waterproof jacket and trousers (whatever the weather forecast); binoculars if you have them; something to sit on; walking poles if you have them to aid nightime walking back to our cars; head torch with red lamp or red rear bicycle lamp (this helps our eyes to stay better adjusted); plus drinks and snacks.
Dartmoor Skies is a charity that aims to inspire people about astronomy and science. 50% of the event profits go towards their funding and equipment - http://dartmoorskies.org/
Dartmoor's Daughter creates walks and nature-connection experiences to enhance health, wellbeing and performance.
WET WEATHER/CLOUDY SKIES PLAN: If the weather isn’t conducive, then instead we will enjoy our evening inside together with tea, talks and slides at a local village pub or hotel. Please check your emails on the morning of the event to know where to meet.
Cancellation: This event will go ahead whatever the weather. Sorry no refunds if you are unable to attend.
Please note: Walks and groups are at your own risk. No liability is accepted for accidents or incidents.