The Dunsten Steads Car Park offers each access to the nearby beach at Embleton Bay which benefits from excellent views towards the North and North East. The location is ideal for spotting the aurora and nearby Dunstanburgh Castle offers an awesome opportunity for astrophotographers! Photo of the Milky Way above the castle used with kind permission of John Mcguinness.
This location has been identified as a great site to spot Aurora with relatively low light pollution and clear horizons towards the North.
Go stargazing site
A place identified by the Go Stargazing team as a good spot to stargaze from. This is based on local light pollution levels, distance from nearby towns and cities and having somewhere safe to park. These locations tend to be remote car parks with no facilities.
Location light pollution
When to stargaze at Dunsten Steads Car Park
This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.