Mews Cottage

Holiday Accommodation in Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, UK DL12 0LL




Dark Skies

The North Pennines 

The area is one England’s darkest places. The North Pennines AONB & UNESCO Global Geopark is recognised as the darkest mainland AONB in the country.  In the North Pennines you’ll see thousands of stars overhead compared to only a handful in towns and cities. You’ll see the Milky Way in all its glory, along with distant galaxies and sparkling star clusters and more Dark Sky Discovery Sites than anywhere else in the UK. 

Dark Sky Discovery Sites 

Parts of Durham have some of the darkest skies in England, making it one of the best places in the country for stargazing. Our cottage in Middleton in Teesdale is very close to 6 of the 12 sites. There are currently 12 Dark Sky Discovery Sites across Durham;
1. Balderhead Reservoir 
2. Bowlees Visitor Centre 
3. Burnhope Reservoir 
4. Cow Green Reservoir 
5. Derwent Reservoir - Millshields 
6. Grassholme Reservoir 
7. Hamsterley Forest 
8. Hury Reservoir 
9. Parkhead Station 
10. Pow Hill Country Park 
11. Selset Reservoir 
12. Tan Hill Inn    

There are a number of sources of information about the location of sites, what can be seen and what events are taking place.