Here are a few special stargazing events for 2016:
Night walks are something really special - there's no-one about and you can experience a calming silence in which the senses are sharpended by the lack of visibility. Our night walks aim to either focus on looking for wildlife using night vision or thermal imaging equipment, or on some dates we'll be looking for shooting stars as well, with the walks coinciding with the main meteor showers of the year. The Lake District has some excellent 'dark sky' areas and on clear nights the stargazing is exceptional.
August 12 2016 - The Perseid Meteor Shower and Overnight Bivouac
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere and we'll be walking out in the late evening to a dark bivouac site from where we'll get great views of this meteor shower given some clear skies. The Perseid shower builds gradually to a peak, often with 50 to 100 meteors per hour in the hours before dawn. They are typically fast and bright meteors and frequently leave persistent trains. We'll start off with a late evening walk into Martindale where we'll see plenty of wildlife. We'll then get to our spacious bivouac site, where we'll supply tarps as groundsheets. Mixing meteor watching with some sleep, we should be able to see plenty of shooting stars in the dark skies of Martindale, and we'll walk back out of the valley at dawn. You'll need warm and waterproof clothing and though it's possible to bivouac comfortably without a sleeping mat and sleeping bag, they are recommended. Full details available on request.
Adults £25 U16 £15 Includes tarps
Here you'll find details of any special events planned in the coming weeks and months - we're currently populating this section, so please keep checking back regularly to find out what's coming up next!
Here's a chronological list of events - we'll be adding to it, so please come back and take another look:
Meteors, wildlife and overnight bivouac