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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 have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more

    Catboy86
    8/17/2019

      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

      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
  •   lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more

    vincent s
    7/28/2019

      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 wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B
    6/04/2019
  •   For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more

    EJYork2013
    6/25/2019

      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

      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
  •   Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more

    Charlotte M
    8/07/2019

      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've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more

    Jdrichie12
    7/11/2019
  •   On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more

    karenmD4738KD
    6/25/2019

      What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
    It was our first trip away with my... read more

    Wheelieuser
    6/13/2019

      Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more

    Paula C
    7/04/2019
  •   Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more

    mickvfr
    7/28/2019

      Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more

    548julie
    9/14/2019

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