Kimmeridge Bay lies within a marine Special Area of Conservation and boasts the best rockpooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset, about 122 miles (196 km) southwest of London, England. However while a beautiful destination for casual gazing, the bay is not recommended for serious observations; the beaches are, for the most part, unaffected by artificial illumination, providing a dark and open sky for reasonable stargazing. Hotels, vacation lodges, and campgrounds are all available along the bay and in neighboring cities. The EarthSky friend who recommended this entry says it offers “excellent dark sky viewing. A quick Google search proves that many astro-photographers have caught breath-taking images of the Milky Way, crystal clear in the night sky.” For more information, please visit online.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!