Dark Sky Status for Northumberland Parks

After a 2 year campaign by Northumberland National Park Authority, Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society, Dark Sky status has been granted to Northumberland National Park and Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park.

Worldwide there are just 12 prestigious designation sites which have been awarded this status by the International Dark Skies Association (IDA) based in the USA. Not only is it an enormous and international award to gain but the IDA further confirmed the quality of Northumberland’s night sky by giving it gold status, this being their highest accolade. This area is now the largest region of protected sky in Europe making it the best place for stargazing.

As anyone who has visited Northumberland for its walking and daytime activities, it is one of the most unspoilt parts of the UK and why light pollution is at an absolute minimum. In recognition of the Dark Sky status, this 580 square mile area has been renamed Northumberland Dark Sky Park.

This latest piece of news further confirms what a rich and varied region Northumberland is and how much it offers visitors 365 days a year, both day and night.

Mickledore offer walking holidays in and through Northumberland such as the Northumberland Coastal Path and the Hadrian’s Wall route.

By Mickledore Walking Holidays

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We had an absolutely perfect time! We enjoyed all our accommodations and their proprietors. It could not have been better. We know our group of 12 was large and complicated but Mickledore’s staff did an absolutely fabulous job of keeping up with our changes. Thank you for a job well done. We will be back for another of your wonderful walking holidays.

West Highland Way, May 2017
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We were all very happy with the level of service and the thorough planning of our C2C walk, so thank you very much.

Everything went very smoothly and as planned, so we really couldn’t ask for more.

As I mentioned earlier, perhaps just having one or two points of contact within the company might be useful. That said, everyone I dealt with seemed to be across our details and was very efficient.

Coast to Coast, August 2017
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Would you use Mickledore again? Yes! We could not have booked such excellent accommodation and arranged transfers ourselves – it was certainly worth it to use your expertise!

Hadrian’s Wall Walk, June 2017
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