• Wirksworth Star Disc
    stargazing

With our big, open skies you'll be amazed by what you can see as you sit on the decking outside your log cabin in the dark

Over the past 100 years, our skies have become more difficult to view as
man-made light pollution obscures the stars. However, here at Hoe Grange
we are extremely lucky - being so far away from towns and streetlights
our night skies are truly dark and you can get a brilliant view of the
twinkling stars above.

On a clear night there is nothing better than lying on the grass, gazing up at the starry night sky and soaking in the peace and quiet
or even better take in the view from the hot tub! To make the most of the opportunity why not bring your telescope along on your holiday
if you have one?

Dark Sky Places in the Peak District

Minninglow, off the A515 at Pikehall (nearest postcode DE4 2PN)
Surprise View, off the A6187 near Hathersage
Parsley Hay, off the A515 near Hartington (nearest postcode SK17 0DG)

At each site there is an astronomy interpretation panel to help you explore the night skies. The panels are changed each season.
Explore the universe with the help of these BBC Star Guides and Calendars.

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The Wirksworth StarDisc

If you are interested in astronomy and star gazing why not visit The StarDisc, situated at the top of Stoney Wood, near Wirksworth.
It is a stunning space created by local artist, Aiden Shingler to bring the wonders of the night sky to all.


The stunning StarDisc spans 12 metres. Carved into black granite is a star chart that mirrors the northern hemisphere's night sky.
The surface of the stone circle is inscribed with the constellations, their names and a depiction of the Milky Way.


Contrasting with the dark stone star chart is a perimeter of silver granite with 12 seats which denote the months of the year.
By night, 72 lights illuminate the StarDisc, powered by our nearest star - the Sun. Take a stroll up through Stoney Wood to Wirksworth StarDisc to get a panoramic view over the town and stare up at the stars. In close proximity to the StarDisc are six
Solar Calendar Stones, positioned by Keith Hunter, a local engineer, to show precisely where the sun rises and sets at the solstices and the equinox.


Location: Stoney Wood, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4EN
Latitude: 53.0859 N Longitude: 1.5781 W
Grid reference: SK 28356 54381

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Hoe Grange Holidays Tripadvisor Comments...

  •   We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more

    Ajtravels14
    2/03/2020
  •   Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B
    8/03/2019
  •   We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    dghiggs61
    10/25/2019
  •   Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more

    Thesamps
    10/04/2019
  •   We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more

    KBarry
    9/15/2019
  •   We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more

    plopster1
    6/07/2019
  •   What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more

    rachelthomas2015
    6/18/2019
  •   It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
    We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more

    ElizabethA717
    9/21/2019
  •   Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more

    Peachey167
    7/16/2019
  •   We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more

    Big_Al_0000
    7/16/2019

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