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!


There is no consistent policy for preventing light pollution across Cumbria. Responsibility is scattered amongst many different local authorities, councils and statutory bodies. The night sky environment does not follow administrative lines on the ground!

The Dark Skies of Cumbria are a critical resource which needs conserving for ourselves and for future generations to enjoy.

Please use this policy to guide policies and decisions on lighting, whether with new buildings or facilities, or if adding or changing existing lighting.

Dark Skies Lighting Policy June 2020 (pdf)


Towards a Dark Sky Standard
The UK Dark Skies Partnership has produced this guidance document covering both external and internal lighting for non-professional, professionals, domestic and non-domestic users. It aims to encourage good lighting decision making before the installation of any lighting and to help in the design and planning process. Jack Ellerby our Project Officer sits on the Technical Group and thanks to Dan Oakley at the South Downs National Park Dark Sky Reserve for leading on this comprehensive guidance.

TOWARDS A DARK SKY STANDARD Accessibility Version 1.1 (pdf)