Cornwall, with very little light pollution, miles of uninterrupted countryside and exposed coastlines, is one of the best places in Britain to sit back and look up a the night’s sky. Head to any of the places listed below on a clear night for a perfect evening of stargazing.
1. Rinsey Cliff
Between Porthleven and Penzance
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological interest, Rinsey Cliff lies off the main A394, just east of Praa Sands. With a southerly aspect and no artificial lights Rinsey Cliff is a stunning location to start our stargazing list. View the stars from the car park, or 500 metres down at the engine house platform.
2. Godolphin Hill, Godolphin
Great Work car park, on the Godolphin Estate, Helston
A conical shaped hill, this is a 360 degree view with no artifical lights in sight. The path to the hill is rocky, approximately 750 metres from the car park, and the hill is home to some red Devon cattle so keep your dog on a lead.
3. Trelissick Park, Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Gardens car park, near Truro
On a clean crisp winter’s night Trelissick Park, situated at the head of the Fal estuary with panoramic views of the whole area, is the perfect place to spot a constellation or two.
4. The North Cliffs between Godrevy and Portreath
High atop the North Cliffs that overlook the vast stretches of golden beaches make for the perfect place to settle down for an evening of stargazing across the ocean. There are several car parks along the B3301 that are all suitable for a bit of stargazing.
5. Tintagel and the surrounding cliffs
Known for its history, this site is also famous for its commanding views across the coast, making it ideal for a great view of a clear night’s sky. One of the best spots is behind the Camelot Castle Hotel.
6. Carnewas/Bedruthan Steps
One of the most iconic coastlines in Cornwall, the North coast’s Bedruthan Steps at Carnewas is a stunning spot for stargazing on a cloudless evening. There are many spots your can stop along the coast for a great vantage point along the South West coastal path.
7. The Cheesering, near Minions
The Cheesewring has absolutely breathtaking views all across Bodmin Moor. It is a great place to go on a walk, for sunsets and of course, stargazing. Make sure to take a torch with you as the trip up to the cheesewring is steep, rocky, and with high drops so take care when heading back down the hill.
8. Collifford Lake
Part of Bodmin Moor Widlife Park.
Less than a mile from the A30 and not far from our previous spot, Colliford Lake is a tranquil and peaceful location with views across the green countryside of Bodmin Moor.
9. Wheal Busy, near Chacewater
Between Redruth and Truro
Previously known as Chaecwater Mine, Wheal Busy is now a part of the Cornwall and West Devon Landscape World Heritage Site. A rugged and beautifully Cornish place to stop at night and, simply, look up.
10. The Lizard Point
It is understandable why the most southerly point of the UK is ideal for stargazing, with its impressive views out to sea.
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