Stargazing in Yorkshire
Stargazing – a simple yet intriguing and inspiring evening activity. The hope that a shooting star might pass, or that there will be a full moon, or seeing who can spot the biggest star – there’s so much excitement and interest in observing dark skies. We recommend stargazing between October and March, which is known as ‘observing season’ as this is the time from when clocks go back, and day light hours begin to fade and nights become longer.
The views from YHA Whitby are amazing by day and by night. In the daytime you have panoramic views of Whitby town and the North Sea, and by night you can discover the dark skies above. Situated within the North York Moors National Park it again means there is little light pollution which creates the best stargazing site. Since 2016, the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities have been celebrating the twinkling skies. These celebrations continue in February 2020 at the fifth Dark Skies Festival.
You can find out more about the festival here.
Other things to do nearby
See the splendour of our next door attraction! Discover its history, hear voices from the past on the audio guide and catch unique events Visit the website
The museum is in a 17th century house on Whitby's harbour where Captain Cook trained as a seaman, leading to his epic voyages of discovery. Visit the Museum website
Whitby is a lovely, seaside town dominated by the abbey ruins high on the hill. 199 steps lead to the churchyard that inspired Bram Stoker to write 'Dracula'.
The Cleveland Way passes the hostel doorstep and YHA Boggle Hole is the traditional finish on Wainright's Coast to Coast walk.
A unique tour through the Dracula story and the connection to Whitby. Using animation, special effects and live actors. Visit the website
The Cinder Track between Whitby and Scarborough is part of Route 1 of the National Cycle network, offering 21 miles of off-road cycling with the opportunity to take slight detours and visit the quiet
The Cleveland Way runs past the Youth Hostel following the dramatic coastline south from Whitby.
Whitby Surf School located on West Cliff Beach is an ideal place to surf and SUP as the shallow gradient sandy beach offers plenty of space and waves.
Robin Hood's Bay is a picturesque old fishing village with delightful streets and old fisher-folk running cafes. The village is rife with tall tales of old smugglers.
Noted as a great place to swim in the Wild Swimming book. The sea at Boggle Hole is exhilarating, and perishing, all at once.
Cast from the window of your room (almost!) and spend the whole day staring wistfully out to sea.
The disused railway line (National cycle route 1 - North Sea trail) offers easy, family friendly and car free cycling, all within 10 minutes of the hostel.
Take a leisurely cycle along the National Cycle Route 1 or the North Sea trail which starts 10 minutes away from the hostel.
Step out of your room and into the sea and more importantly, you can then step out of the sea into a lovely hot shower!
Try rock pooling, fossil hunting and playing on the beach making sandcastles, all a stone's throw from the hostel.
The NYMR is the nation’s premiere heritage railway running for 24 miles through the North York Moors National Park between Pickering and Whitby, with a full calendar of special events, including the v