Dark Skies Cumbria

Saving Our Night Skies

Cumbria's dark skies allow us to see the natural wonder of the stars, but are also critical for the health wildlife and our own natural well-being. Sadly light pollution in Cumbria is increasing each year, threatening to obscure our view of the stars and blinding and confusing animals so they can’t feed or find a mate. We need urgent action now to stop light pollution. Stargazers, photographers, wildlife lovers and local communities… please help.


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The Lake District and Cumbria offers some of the most spectacular and precious skyscapes in England and we want you to join us on an interstellar adventure. Download our Dark Sky Discovery Pack and get started today!

6 - 8 pm, Friday 25 February 2022

Type: Guided Walk

Location: Whinlatter Forest & Visitor Centre, Whinlatter Pass, Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5TW


Join us as part of Cumbria's Dark Skies festival. Enjoy a walk through the forest as night draws in. We will hopefully see some stars, look for well known constellations and other features of the night sky. Star maps will be provided.

We will also experience the very different sounds and sights of the forest after dark.

The route is 3-4 miles on good trails. We will have volunteers on hand to help manage the group, and they can help you return to your car early if you need too.

Come wrapped up for the weather, bring a flask or snacks if you want too. Head torches with a red filter for star gazing ideal, but any torch is fine. There will be a stop around half way, or enjoy a warm drink when you've finished.

All welcome, we've had guests from 6 months to over 6 decades! Very young children may find it a bit scary if not used to being outside in the dark.
Wear clothes suitable for the weather and being outdoors
Head torches with a red filter for star gazing ideal, but any torch is fine.

Adults and children 12 and over £10
Self propelled children under 12 £5
No charge for carried children
Booking essential

Event run by Forestry England.