Observing the stars & nocturnal wildlife

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Nature 'wows'

The Duddon valley can be a fantastic place to arrive at dusk, then let the night unfold and reveal the stars to you! Whilst the Lake District is blessed with beautiful scenery during the day, there is little or no light pollution. You may be lucky to spot nocturnal wildlife going about their nightly routines, such as Barn Owls, Pipistrelle and Noctule Bats. On a warm summer night nothing can be better! The site which will give you an unprecedented night sky is locally called ‘The Grandstand’, with informal car parking for up to 8 cars. You can either place a rug down near your car, or venture down the small path a little to truly appreciate the night. The ground here is slightly sloping, perfect for laying down and looking up. Great for all the family.

Further Information

Planning your visit:

For refreshments following your nocturnal experience, The Newfield Inn at Seathwaite serve meals using locally sourced produce and traditional ales. Tourist Information Centre is in Broughton-in-Furness, selling local guides and books. The town has a number of pubs, a bakery/café, petrol station/garage and public toilets. In the Duddon valley, there is Ulpha post office, which sells local guidebooks/leaflets, sandwiches and drinks, opening times vary.

Make a day of your visit by bringing your camera along and getting some great shots of the River Duddon.

Start point:

OS Explorer map OL6 (The English Lakes Southwestern area). Grid reference of parking area: SD23080 97477.

How to get here:

From Greenodd turn right onto A5092 to Foxfield (Broughton-In-Furness) via Grizebeck. Continue towards Millom, turn right for Ulpha at Duddon Bridge (traffic lights). You are now in the Duddon Valley. If you follow the road up the valley, you will pass through Ulpha and Seathwaite. You will carry on over a small hump-backed bridge, then over a cattle grid. The Grandstand is just past this cattle grid, on your right. The informal ‘Grandstand’ parking area is just before the ’174′ on the map. The footpath is on the right, which leaves the car park.

By Martin Clayton

Ranger Supervisor Helping to care for the Duddon & Eskdale Valleys. I've been working in the countryside for over 22 years, so I guess I must like it! Organising and leading mountain bike working holidays. Fully qualified mountain bike instructor/leader. My main interests are cycling (road and mountain bike) and gardening.

Martin Clayton  's Profile Picture

How to get here

Wasdale Head Car Park

Wasdale Head CA20 1

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

NY 186 085

Get Directions