Do you love gazing up at the star filled night skies? But are unsure what exactly you are looking at. Help is at hand. Dale House Barn, tucked away in The Forest of Bowland ANOB in Lancashire, can organise star gazing evenings with an astronomer.
Why not organise a weekend with a difference for your friends and family? Stay in the heart of a forest in this old stone barn which sleeps groups of 4 -14. Relax, walk, cycle, fish, climb or explore the forest during the day. Then when the sun sets and the skies darken immerse yourself in things celestial and learn all about the stars and planets above you.
And if you are too mesmerized to self cater, Dominique your host is a professional chef and can prepare meals for your group.
The Forest of Bowland is a stargazer’s paradise and Dale House Barn is your perfect base. Hidden in the heart of Gisburn Forest it’s your chance to escape from the rat race and indulge your senses in the magnificent dark skies & the sound of silence.
The Milky Way arches majestically across the sky on clear autumn evenings and star clusters sparkle like diamonds on black velvet. It is a breathtaking scene that adds so much to the unspoilt character of the area and provides the stuff of holiday memories.
The Forest of Bowland has 4 Dark Sky Discovery Sites. On the doorstep of Dale House Barn is Gisbrun Forest Hub and close by are Beacon Fell Country Park, Crook O’Lune Picnic Site, and Slaidburn village.
Whatever the season the wonderful dark skies will enchant you:
A great time to view brighter galaxies. Planets like Jupiter and Saturn are also well placed. Nights are still long and the weather is warming up so it’s a great time to observe. The constellation of Leo dominates the southern sky.
You will see fewer stars around mid-summer, but watch out for ghostly noctilucent clouds high in the sky. You will also see tantalising glimpses of the Milky Way to whet appetites for the months ahead. Watch out for August’s Perseid meteor shower – one of the year’s best. Truly dark skies return at the end of July.
Together with the spring this is a prime viewing time. Nights are properly dark and the Milky Way is overhead in the evening, resembling a shimmering river of stars. Star clusters Stocks Reservoir also look fantastic. Meteors showers like the Leonids can put on a good show in November.
The season of sparkling skies! The sky is often at its most transparent as temperatures dip. Glittering star clusters and magnificent constellations like Orion grace the sky, along with bright nebula. Wrap up warm and the rewards can be amazing.
11-12 May & 14-15 Sept 2019.
Liz Peacock of MTB Trail Skills is coming to Dale House Barn to offer 2 improvers skills residential weekends. Designed for those riders that can manage a red grade trail but wish to start owning them in style!
Based at Dale House Barn in the Forest of Bowland, the course will take you on the trails in Gisburn Forest and across the natural terrain of the Yorkshire dales.
You will be using some of the trails from last year’s Hopetech Womens Enduro. An ideal opportunity to practise your skills or improve your speed for this year’s race.
DAY ONE WILL BE A SKILLS IMPROVEMENT DAY WHICH WILL INCLUDE:
Looking ahead and reading the trail
Developing techniques for different types of corners
Line choice to improve flow
Body position for riding more advanced trail features
Effective use of gears and brakes for maximising momentum whilst maintaining control
Riding roots and rocks with confidence
Front and rear wheel lifts
Technical climbing, step ups
Tackling drop offs
Pumping the bike for better speed and control
Numbers will be limited to 8 females to ensure everyone gets the best out of the coaching sessions for everyone.
Day two will be a lead ride in the Yorkshire dales with Liz and 2 other ride leaders to consolidate the skills learned in day one and to enjoy the stunning scenery and varied riding terrain in the area.
Cost £250 per person – 1 days skills coaching, 1-day lead ride, 2 nights bunk barn accommodation, a delicious 2 course evening meal on Friday and Saturday nights, tea, coffee and cake on Saturday afternoon.
2 night’s B&B accommodation is available for a supplement of £150 per person. (3 rooms available)