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!

  • About the Project

    Dark skies are integral to the tranquility and people’s enjoyment of the many great landscapes of the Lake District and across Cumbria. Read more

  • What's On

    The Cumbria Dark Skies Festival is back this autumn between 28 October and 18 November 2023. Friends of the Lake District is hosting a number of free events which you are welcome to join. Read more

  • Stargazing Tips

    We believe that the Lake District offers some of the most spectacular and precious skyscapes in England and we want you to join us on an interstellar adventure. We're publishing tips and guides to help you make the most of our starry skies! Read more

Project News

  • Lighting the Way - Sedbergh Parish Installs Dark Sky Friendly Lights

    Twenty-two new environmentally and dark sky friendly lights are benefitting nature and people in the town of Sedbergh. Read more

  • Dark Skies Room Brochure

    We've created a new 2024 'Dark Skies room brochure' for hotel and B&B guests to encourage them to step outside, look up and be wowed by how many stars they can see. Read more

  • Cumbria Star Count 2024

    To celebrate our starry skies and help protect and improve our view of the stars, we're inviting residents and visitors in Cumbria to be ‘citizen scientists’ and take part in a Cumbria Star Count 2024 – a cosmic census that will help map our view of the stars and the impact of light pollution. Read more

  • Good Lighting Guide for Cumbria wins National Awards

    Our good lighting guide produced jointly with a lighting designer launches and has already won two national awards!  Providing technical lighting guidance to planners, it will also help anyone installing or replacing lighting to make good lighting choices. Read more

  • Contact information

    Jack Ellerby - Project Officer
    Email: [email protected]
    Telephone: 01539 720788

    Dark Skies Cumbria
    Friends of the Lake District, Murley Moss Business Park, Oxenholme Road, Kendal. Cumbria LA9 7SS






    Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

    Simon Fell, MP for Barrow and Furness

    Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border

    Mark Jenkinson, MP for Workington

    International Dark Sky Association