World-famous vet-turned- author, James Herriot, proclaimed it to be the finest view in England and now visitors are being encouraged to enjoy it at night too.

Herriot was talking of the expansive panorama from the top of Sutton Bank, a steep escarpment on the very edge of the North York Moors National Park. Sutton Bank is home to one of the Park’s Visitor Centres and is a fabulous place to come and experience the great outdoors. With lots of walking trails, cycle-hire facilities and a café and gift shop you can always find plenty to do here.

Now also bearing the title of a Dark Sky Discovery Site, this area is recognised as an excellent place to admire the night sky. A very low level of light pollution means that it is possible to see the Milky Way with the naked eye and admire up to 2000 stars at any one time.

A Dark Skies Festival takes place in 2020 between 14th February and 1st March and events are organised for various sites within both the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Do you have a yearning to Go Ape in the dark?  It’s Leap Year in 2020 – any girls out there trying to think of an unusual place in which to propose?…..