© 2014 Clerk Laithe Lodge Slaidburn Road Newton in Bowland Clitheroe Lancashire BB7 3DY
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