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!

A terror of the dark when I was four

Brought crawling creatures all around my bed;

I’d lie awake, await the tiger’s tread,

Smell spiders crammed behind the wardrobe door.

And lightless dreams would bring the monster’s roar,

With nothing there to see outside my head;

Imagined movements filled my mind with dread,

Each touch upon my hand a threatening paw.

But now, for me, the dark must be complete:

No digital device, no glaring screen;

To sleep, I need the absence of the light;

No passing cars, no lamplight from the street;

No glimmering moon or starlight to be seen:

The darkest sky will give the perfect night.


John Scrivens