Car park used by day to access the local nature reserve and by night offers fantastic panoramic views of the skies above. The location is an officially recognised Dark Sky Discovery Site in the Cranbourne Chase Dark Sky Reserve.
Location event organiser
Chasing Stars Cranborne Chase AONB organises stargazing events at this location.
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 Fontmell Down Nature Reserve
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.