Dark Skies Festival

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Learn how to go walking at night!

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  • Duration

    Single Day Event
  • Accommodation

    Not required
  • Food

    None provided
  • Difficulty Level

    2 Two

Join one of our expert leaders for a fun few hours navigating in the hills, moorlands and woods long after the sun has gone down!

Meeting in the lovely Blacksmith Arms (Lastingham) we will enjoy a hot drink whilst you guide goes over the plans for the night. From here we will then head out into the North York Moors and spend around three hours learning some handy hints and tips on how to navigate at night. How do you find your way when you can only see for a few metres around you? We’ll reveal the secrets and methods you can use. Although it can sound intimidating, you’ll soon find that it’s a lot of fun, especially being out with a leader who knows what they’re doing and a group keen to have a great time.

Night Navigation course on the North York Moors..

On the way you could well spend some time stargazing, listen out for wildlife that only comes out at night, and see the local area in a whole new way. We’re sure that whatever your previous level of map and compass skills, you’ll find something useful to take away from the night.

Dates 2020 Dark Skies Festival:

  • Friday 14th February – North York Moors
  • Saturday 15th February – North York Moors
  • Wednesday 19th February – North York Moors
  • Friday 21st February – North York Moors
  • Saturday 22nd February – North York Moors
  • Thursday – 27th February – North York Moors
  • Friday 28th February – North York Moors
  • Saturday 29th February – North York Moors

Night Navigation course on the North York Moors..

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Is it for beginners?

Although some experience in map reading would be useful for this, it’s not essential, and you’re more than welcome to come along if you’re a complete beginner. You’re also welcome to come along just for the walk!

Equipment: As well as the usual walking clothes to keep you warm and dry when out at night, please remember to bring a head torch. If you’re in doubt as to what head torch to get, please see this blog.

Night Walking

Good to know:

Venue Address:

Blacksmiths Arms,
Anserdale Lane,
YO62 6TN

What’s Included:

  • Around three hours exploring the North York Moors at night with one of our expert guides, who will teach you some of the basics of night navigation.
  • Free copy of the Cicerone guide to Navigation.
  • Hot drink in the Blacksmiths Arms.
  • All maps and compasses. However, if you have your own please feel free to bring them. Map needed: OL26 North York Moors – Western Area.

Night Navigation course on the North York Moors..

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 14 to attend this trip and please note that anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Timings:  Please meet inside the Blacksmiths Arms for 6:30pm. A complimentary hot drink will be ready for you. We should be back at the pub for around 10pm, with time for a farewell drink.

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here..

Don’t forget – Please make sure you have plenty of warm clothes as we will be outside for around 3 hours, a head torch is also compulsory.

For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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North York Moors

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Blacksmiths Arms,
Anserdale Lane,
YO62 6TN
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What our members have to say...

  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
    Member Since 2016
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