Star Gazing in Northumberland

Posted 27 Jan 14, written by Amanda Lambert

Northumberland has for a while been regarded as the perfect place to star gaze and now its official!

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), has declared that the vast skies above the Northumberland National Park are the darkest in England creating the perfect conditions for star spotting. As a result The International Dark Skies Association have officially awarded parts of Northumberland with ‘Dark Sky Status’ and it has now become Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park. The night sky across Northumberland is now protected and lighting controls have been put in place to prevent light pollution. To view a map of the Dark Sky Park please click here.

As featured on Robson Green’s Tales from Northumberland, the infinite open skies of Northumberland are home to some amazing star gazing opportunities. Billions of shimmering stars make up our Milky Way, an array of planets, glittering meteor showers and the glow of galaxies like Andromeda, a truly spectacular sight to see. Watch this amazing video on You Tube posted by the Northumberland National Park to get a real taste of what you can expect to see. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkPYmBvBa3g

It is estimated that around 85% of the UK population has never experienced a true dark sky. So for an out of this world experience, come and stay in Northumberland for unrivalled stargazing.

The best times to visit Northumberland for star gazing is in the autumn and winter months, when the night sky is at its best. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a telescope, all you will need is a pair of binoculars. Oh and you might want to take a deckchair and a flask, as we guarantee you will love Northumberland’s star studded show!

For more information, you can visit http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/darkskies  where there are lots of useful guides and fact sheets for you to explore.

To take a look at our cottages in and around the ‘Dark Sky Park’ Click Here or call us on: 0191 231 3020.

 

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