Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park (England)

Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park (England) Image

Stargazing at Cawfields, Northumberland National Park, England. Photo by Cain Scrimgeour.

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Designated

2013

Category

Dark Sky Park

Address

Northumberland, England
United Kingdom

Contact

Mr. Duncan Wise
Northumberland National Park website
Kielder Water & Forest Park website

Land Area

1,592 km2

Documents

Application
Announcement
Lighting Plan
Annual Reports

About

Once at the frontier of Roman Britain where Hadrianʼs Wall repelled Pictish invaders, Northumberland International Dark Sky Park now serves as a bulwark against the incursion of harmful light pollution into one of the darkest locations in England.

A UK National Park and adjacent forestry plantation encompassing nearly 1,500 square km of public lands in northern England, Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park comprise the first IDA-recognized International Dark Sky Park consisting of two independent parkland units. National Parks UK and Forestry Commission England have added dark skies to their inventory of protected natural resources, including the largest manmade woodland and reservoir in northern Europe.

Weather

Click here to find ideal environmental conditions for viewing the night sky at Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park (55.27775, -2.28). Don’t forget to plan your trip during the new moon and astronomical twilight to enhance the viewing experience!