South Downs and Shooting Stars

Sara Dobak

Hi, I’m Sara, founder and writer at Travel Continuum, where I write about my global travel experiences, with a special passion for the stars and sustainability. I believe in the power of education through travel, and here I share the tales and tips that I find interesting and inspiring. I hope that you do too.

continuum /kənˈtɪnjʊəm/: a sequence of elements where the extremes are very different, but each individual stage is barely distinguishable from the next.

Something that keeps going, changing gradually over time…like the seasons.

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10 Responses

  1. This looks like a really interesting and alternative ‘night out’! I’ve tried star gazing in a few places and didn’t know about this spot, and it’s not far from my house, I’ll have to have a closer look!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      I do tend to be drawn towards the ‘alternative’! What’s extra good news about the South Downs National Park is that in May of this year, it became the world’s latest official International Dark Sky Reserve, meaning a continued commitment to minimising light pollution.

  2. I’d love to do this to – the skies are so fascinating. Need to work on my night photography first though! Some lovely photos of the area in this post – I used to live in West Sussex so recognise most of them. Need to get to Halnaker Windmill just for the tunnel of trees!

  3. Lucy says:

    What a fantastic experience, it’s so rare that we really ever sit still and watch the skies. I so should’ve tried some night photography when I was out in the wilds of Canada, it’s so hard to find places in the UK without any light.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      You’re so right, Lucy, we never seem to just look UP! There are a few designated ‘dark sky places’ in the UK – but the International Dark Sky Association website (darksky.org) lists all official such sites worldwide, so it’s worth a quick check before ANY trip.

  4. Anna Parker says:

    This is incredible, the depth you can get, I wish there were more truly dark places around, although then i’d get neck ache! Take me with you on the taster session please, I’m only down the road!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      You’d be welcome, Anna! Light pollution is indeed a nuisance (and negatively impacts wildlife biorhythms) but people are beginning to wise up, I hope!

  5. I’d love to do this one day. I need to learn how to photograph the night sky, although I’m not sure I’d enjoy 3 hours sitting on top of the trundle at night. Been up there a great many times in the day though and the views are spectacular. I walked up to Halnaker Windmill just last weekend. The tunnel of trees you have to walk through to get there must be very spooky by night!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Ditto! We should try a taster astrophotography session this winter – we could be back by midnight at this time of year 🙂 I’ve seen your amazing ‘tunnel of trees’ photo, it’s like the gateway to a fairy realm!

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