1. South Downs National Park
Who would have thought that one of the world’s top stargazing spots would be but 90 minutes from London? The South Downs National Park was officially appointed a Dark Sky Reserve in 2016, and ever since would-be astronomers have come a-calling to gawk at those big skies. Plan your own trip before a full moon to ensure you get cosmic views.
Wake up here: Withywood Shepherd’s Hut
Bordering the South Downs and occupying a scenic position on a working dairy farm, this isn’t your standard shepherd’s hut – it has been kitted out with a woodburning stove, double bed and (albeit miniature) kitchen. But it’s really just a place to sleep – outside is where you’ll want to be, mountain biking, hitting the beach or just sitting, slack-jawed, as you admire Mother Nature. Just outside the hut is a cute campfire area, so you can even rustle up some s’mores while constellation-spotting. Dreamy.