Protecting our dark skies
The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park (NIDSP) is the largest area of protected night sky in Europe. It includes the whole of Northumberland National Park and 67% of Kielder Water and Forest Park, totally 572 square miles or nearly 15,000 square kilometres. Our Gold Tier status as an International Dark Sky Park adds a jewel to the worldwide network of dark sky oases recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association for excellence in night sky stewardship.
An IDA International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) is a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.
Because of the unpopulated nature of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, if you travel to any place away from street lights, you will be amazed by the number of stars you see on a clear night. Please remember to be courteous to others living in the area, especially late at night when people may be asleep nearby.