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07852 364283 Clerk Laithe Lodge in the Forest of Bowland                                                     Guest House & Restaurant

Dark Sky Discovery

Guests staying at the Lodge not only enjoy the views of the Hodder Valley and The Bowland Fells but during the Autumn and Winter months the longer nights of darkness, together with little or no light pollution, make Clerk Laithe Lodge an ideal location for Stargazing.

In June 2015  Clerk Laithe Lodge was awarded Dark Sky Discovery Site Status by the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh.

This is the FIRST site awarded in Lancashire and opens up a privately owned area to the public to carry out there passion for Stargazing. At present only a few sites across the UK are recognized as Dark Sky Discovery Sites indicating they are perfect to look to the night skies.

Our site gives access to the public which would not normally be available, including on site parking, with disabled access to patio areas and also to the Lodge where facilities are available. Refreshments by prior arrangement.

Areas around the Lodge including a field at the rear are in almost total darkness, allowing Stargazers to view the Milky Way, this being one of the main requirements of Dark Sky Discovery Sites.

Members of the public are free to access the site and parking is to front and rear of the Lodge with darker areas within easy walking from the Lodge in this peaceful and quiet part of the Forest of Bowland.

Sighting of the International Space Station are observed quite  regularly.  On certain nights, with special atmospheric conditions, rare observations of the Northern Lights are possible.

Enjoy the FIRST Dark Sky Discovery Site in Lancashire                             

Hodder Valley Night Sky by Matthew Savage

Bowland Stars by Robert Ince



Perseid Meteor Shower on 16 August 2015 viewed at Clerk Laithe Lodge

Matthew and Oliver of Clerk Laithe Lodge  with the Dark Sky Discovery Site Certificate

Photo courtesy of Clitheroe Advertiser & Times

Photo by Keith Lack