We are hoping to start a local Astronomy Group in the Ingleton / Settle area to take advantage of our lovely Dark Skies location just a few miles away from Ingleton, near Ribblehead Viaduct. Pete Collins is now spending more time in Ingleton and is wanting to find other local folk with an interest in the stars. You may have seen his stunning Nightscape photography in local cafes and at Overground Underground weekend. Visit his website www.diamond-skies.co.uk to see more about what he is involved in.
We will discuss at this first meeting how often and which day of the week suits people best for future meetings. Pete is involved in a Manchester group and has given many talks to many other groups so we are lucky that he is keen to be involved and sees Broadrake as a useful venue having suitable inside space for slide shows as well as being near enough to walk to the Viaduct for photo opportunities. Pete is also very happy to give talks on Nightscape imaging too so hopefully we'll get some interested photographers along who see the potential of the dark skies against the stunning landscape around here.
We hope to be able to get the local Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers up here in the New Year, to generate interest amongst younger people.
We at Broadrake are also keen to learn more about the Constellations and Astro Photography so that we can offer this experience to our overnight guests and other local business owners might like to come along too. B & B owners in the Swaledale area are already offering their guests opportunities with binoculars, dark sky charts & guides, telescopes, deckchairs & blankets along with hot chocolate and goodies to keep them going through the evening.
Broadrake Bunkbarn near Ribblehead in the Yorkshire Dales is a great place to come for dark skies, far from the light pollution of roads and cities. This weekend coincides with the new moon so given clear skies it should be an excellent opportunity for star gazing.
Don't let the "bunkbarn" bit put you off - Broadrake is more comfortable than you might imagine. We have a couple of twin rooms, a couple of 4 bed bunk rooms ideal for families plus a larger 8 bed dormitory. There is a super communal room upstairs with excellent cooking facilities, large dining tables and comfy sofas. The barn is centrally heated by a biomass wood pellet boiler and has free wifi.
This isn't an official star gazing weekend but a great opportunity for a getaway to explore the wonderful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and hopefully get out in the evening to look up. Bring binoculars or a small telescope and plenty of warm clothing.
You can book as an individual, couple, family or group - the price for accommodation is just £20 per person per night.
(Bring your own duvet or sleeping bag, or hire duvet & towel for £3.50/person.)