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30th January 2017 | Regional News

Cornwall’s Spectacular Stargazing Spots

Whether you’re admiring the Milky Way, looking for the Northern Lights, or searching for distant galaxies, there’s nothing more relaxing than gazing up at the stars.

In Britain, few people get to experience a clear view of the shining stars, because of the light pollution casting over our big cities. Luckily, you don’t have to venture too far to find the dark side, as Britain is home to some of the darkest skies in Europe.

Whilst Scotland has long been a popular destination for astronomers, the South West Coast has recently risen in popularity after Cornwall secured two “Dark Sky” statuses in 2014. With vast open moorlands and miles of golden sandy beaches, Cornwall is the perfect destination for those seeking to combine a traditional British getaway with a beautiful stargazing experience.

If you’re heading to Cornwall and want to spend the night gazing up at the sky, there are many areas to choose from. Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve teamed up with astronomy enthusiasts to unearth some of the best stargazing spots in the region.

The Cheesewring, Bodmin Moor

Farmed by Bronze Age settlers over 4000 years ago, Bodmin Moor is one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With lush green valleys and endless amounts of wildlife, the area is one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations – and is just 20 minutes from Looe Bay Holiday Park.

On the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor you’ll find The Cheesewring, a natural formation of seven huge rocks that sit one upon the other and stand twenty feet tall. Chosen by wearecornwall.com, The Cheesewring offers beautiful views across Cornwall which stretch as far as Devon on a clear day. At night, the area boasts some of the darkest skies in the region, making it an ideal location to sit back and admire the night sky.


Video sourced from Mediaistic

St Agnes Head, St Agnes

St Agnes Head is one of Cornwall’s official Dark Sky Discovery Sites. Located in a rural setting, it’s one of the darkest areas in Cornwall – making it the perfect place for stargazing.

Just 30 minutes from Holywell Bay Holiday Park, St Agnes Head offers some of Britain’s best views of the Milky Way and the Andromeda. Visit Cornwall recommend walking along the South West Coast Path to Chapel Porth, where you will see the iconic Wheal Coates tin mine under a canopy of stars, which is a truly mesmerising Cornish sight.

As well as being home to some of the region’s best stargazing spots, St Agnes boasts plenty of cafés, restaurants, craft shops and galleries. On this short stretch of the South West Coast, you can wander through heathland whilst hunting for signs from the Old Army Camp. You may even catch a glimpse of some rare species of sea birds, including gannets, black-headed gulls, and razorbills, which are often spotted in the area.


Video sourced from Simon Bugler

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, Bedruthan

Considered to be one of most popular places to visit on Cornwall’s North Coast, this unique landscape is well-known for its shipwrecks and smuggling past. The beach got its name from the large boulders that are dotted along the sand. Legend has it, the rocks were used as stepping stones for the Giant Bedruthan!

Just 20 minutes from Newquay Holiday Park, the area was recently awarded with ‘Dark Sky Discovery’ status, meaning it’s considered to be one of the best stargazing spots in the UK. Those who look up on a clear night will see hundreds of twinkling, colourful stars of Orion. You can follow the stars of his belt to see Taurus; a group of stars arranged in the shape of a bull. The area is also a hotspot for viewing the galaxy of Andromeda and the Milky Way.


Video sourced from cornish drone flights

Lizard Point, Lizard Peninsula

Surrounded by miles of picturesque Cornish coastline, Lizard Point is the most southerly point of the British mainland, boasting a rugged coastline that is shaped by the Atlantic Ocean. Only a short drive from both Mullion Holiday Park and Sea Acres Holiday Park, this beautiful landscape promises white beaches, crystal clear waters, and unique wildlife – including dolphins, porpoises, seals, and many seabirds.


Video sourced from Jacob Collinson

Although the area is known to be a tourist haven during the day, it’s surprisingly quiet in the evening – creating an idyllic setting to take a stroll under the stars. With nothing but the moon and the stars illuminating the area, Lizard Point is one of the best areas in the UK for viewing the night sky.

Other Stargazing Spots in Cornwall


Map courtesy of gostargazing.co.uk

If you know of any other stargazing spots in Cornwall, or you have any stargazing stories to share, then please let us know via our Twitter or Facebook page.

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