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Dark sky meanders Saturday 30th October 5pm

in partnership with High Dalby House and Richard Darn

Dalby Forest, North York Moors 

Have you ever wanted to go on a Dark Sky event but felt put off because of the walk length or big hills? Or wished you could take your kids, but been unable to? Well, here's your chance to have a go.

We're very excited about these experiences. Run in partnership with Adventures for the Soul, High Dalby House - a fabulous boutique retreat - and Richard Darn - an entertaining, professional astronomer - you're in for a real treat.

And the location couldn't be more perfect. Set in the middle of Dalby Forest, it's been confirmed it's the darkest place in North York Moors. High Dalby House even has its own observatory!

But first, there'll be hot drinks, barbecued burgers and hot dogs, plus pizza from a wood burning oven. All prepared by our wonderful hosts, Ian and Linda, from High Dalby House.

Afterwards, we'll take you on a short, sensory saunter* that'll fine tune your senses. Why? Because it helps you to see and hear so much more and you'll get more out of the experience. Children will love it too! You may even feel a bit awe-struck and forget about your problems for a while.


This will the be followed by the master himself, Richard Darn. If you've never been on one of his events before, be prepared to be amazed!

At the end of the evening, not only will you have  learnt lots, you'll feel-good factor will be ramped up too!

Obviously we can't guarantee if we'll see stars or that we'll have good weather. During or after extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to change the route, postpone or cancel the event. You'll find our cancellation terms here.

Event details

Start times

Saturday 30 October 5pm

The moon will be nearly full, but this time will be magical. We're heading towards the Autumn Equinox, a time of celebrating harvests and the year so far. It's also a great time to start anything new. So why not have a go at doing something different at this time? The skies will also be awesome - and you'll be surprised what you can still see!

Walk details and suitability

These meanders will be very similar to what we already run in format. But the walk will be more of a saunter up to half a mile long so it'll be more accessible to youngsters and for those who would find our other walks too challenging (see here).

The event is open to all, but please note, this is NOT an easy access walk, although they are easier than Adventures for the Soul's usual dark sky events. There are well defined paths, some steep slopes, steps and a bit of rough ground. We'll also be walking in the dark as well (with a torch!).


Please remember to let us know if you have any dietary requirements. Call Linda and Ian to discuss further if you have any queries and to give them advance warning of your needs.

Bring with you

An open mind. Come with a willingness to do things differently and a desire to go on an adventure. You'll also need these things too:

                    additional warmer layers 

                    waterproof jacket & trousers - just in case!

                    a rucksack to put it in

                    a torch

                    wear comfortable and waterproof shoes 


                    insect repellant (just in case!)

                    hand sanitiser

                    face mask

Staying over

If there's space, you can stay over at High Dalby House (see below for more images and details). It comes highly recommended! If they're full, check out North York Moors National Park's website for other accommodation choices. 

Please make sure you know the  accommodation provider's cancellation policies before booking.

Staying over at High Dalby House

Set in an idyllic location right in the heart of Dalby Forest, you'll find High Dalby House. A boutique retreat set in 6 acres of private grounds. Your stay here will be truly magical.

There'll be plenty of opportunity to relax and recharge in the beautiful garden. You can explore the stunning grounds or Dalby Forest, which is on your doorstep. Venture further to the coast on the iconic North Yorkshire Moors Railway or visit some of the beautiful villages in North York Moors National Park.

You'll receive a very warm welcome from Ian and Linda too. One thing's for sure, your stay here will be truly memorable.

To book of find more details here.


Includes: Food and refreshments at High Dalby House. Services of a 'wellbeing in nature' guide and expertise from a professional astronomer. A sensory adventure that ramps up your feel-good factor. Feeling amazing. Information about planets, star systems and other interesting facts about the universe. Peace of mind. Safety. Feeling calmer and awe - which is priceless!

£34 per adult

£24 per child (10 - 16 years old)

Please refer to our Covid FAQs and Terms and Conditions before booking and for further details. This is for clarity and your safety. Thank you.

Your event leaders and hosts

Richard Darn heads up Dark Skies UK, a consultancy delivering astronomy events, advice on dark sky designations and delivering high quality training. He has many years experience of leading Dark Sky events and is a fantastic speaker. If you want to know what you can see in the night sky, he's your man.

The sensory meander element will be led by Alison - owner of Adventures for the Soul. She's passionate showing people how to reconnect with the natural world. Since 2009 she's taken people to some of the most stunning areas of the UK on mindfulness walking holidays. You can read more about her here.

Your hosts - Ian and Linda - moved to the tiny hamlet of High Dalby, following their dream of creating a place of blessing. They love welcoming guests to their little retreat. It's a place to escape and a perfect base to explore. See the 'Staying over' section for more details.

Latest Work Progress

Work has been progressing apace and we have now completed Phase one so the new snug is in full use, as is the utility room and the storage area for all the bed linen. This has been a real boon although removing the old oil tank proved to be a mammoth undertaking – removal of the outside wall and 3 days of hard graft for our great team of builders BEAR builders of old Malton.

Not wanting to rest on our Laurels we have installed solar panels on the main building to assist with our green credentials, to begin to address the ever-rising cost of electricity and installed an electric car charge point for the green traveller.
We decided that the log stove was not offering sufficient heat in our main guest sitting room so we have recently installed a brand-new model and replaced the flue liner.

Last summer we submitted plans for the Hermitage to create a leisure/corporate space which offer the opportunity of a chapel. Permission was granted but with conditions including ecological surveys and yes….. you guessed it – we discovered a bat. With surveys complete we are awaiting the necessary license to proceed and make provision for the local bat inhabitants. The plans include steam room/sauna, outdoor hot tub, changing and drying facilities, large decking area with outside kitchen, mini gym and a chapel/meeting/conference room.

Most of the new walkways have been created although some still need more work on the paths most of the handrails are in and new steps have been created.
There is a new decked seating and picnic area adjacent to the beck at Kingfisher corner, a new quiet seating spot at the bend in the beck, a garden niche with a new arbour, and a Monet bridge onto a small island.

Other works are planned with major groundworks ready to commence to repair the lower pathway, reclaim the menage and build the labyrinth as well as creating a new fire pit seating corner.

However, there is always more that can be done so if you’d like a few days away working alongside Ian do get in touch – Bed and board provided.

Unfortunately the planners were not prepared to let us erect a Yurt so we now have a reasonably sized Marquee that can be raised either on the tennis court or alongside the house, and a separate gazebo that came in handy when holding a barbecue in uncertain weather.

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Tennis Court Hobbit House

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