Why there’s nowhere better to look up than Britain – plus the best stargazing locations on home soil


Something strange happened on the way to the pub: the sky burst into life. Walking down the unlit lane through the barely lit village on the edge of the inky North Sea, I was blindsided by the depth of the darkness and, with every passing second, by the intensifying brightness up above.

Every time my eyes scanned a different patch of the heavens, a new pinprick appeared, as if by merely looking I was magicking the stars; every glimpse conjured another constellation, another fanciful join-the-dots of ancient serpents, centaurs or gods. 

I was star-struck, but in the best possible way. I’d come to North Norfolk to walk along its coast path, drawn by birds and beaches, Blakeney seals and Cromer…

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