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.