These are all of the Dark Sky Reserves in the UK for unspoiled starry nights

An International Dark Sky Reserve is a public or private piece of land which boasts “an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment”

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 12:16 pm
These are the locations of all of the dark sky reserves in the UK

These areas are protected for their scientific, natural, educational, cultural and heritage purposes, and the UK now boasts numerous dark sky reserves - perfect for astronomy lovers. These are the locations of all of the dark sky reserves in the UK.

The Yorkshire Dales has recently been given International Dark Sky Reserves status by the International Dark-Sky Association (Photo: Shutterstock)
The expansive terrain of the North York Moors National Park has also recently been awarded the status (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Brecons Beacons National Park offers plenty of large, open spaces, which are perfect for taking in the night sky (Photo: Shutterstock_
Cranborne Chase is a chalk plateau located in central southern England, straddling the counties straddling the counties Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire (Photo: Shutterstock)
Exmoor National Park boasts the darkest skies in the country, offering an unpolluted night sky (Photo: Shutterstock)
South Downs National Park is England’s newest National Park, which came into full operation in 2011. The ‘Downs’ gets its name from an area of chalk downland (Photo: Shutterstock)
Snowdonia National Park sprawls over more than 2,100 square kilometers of territory, and is among the darkest places remaining in southern Britain (Photo: Shutterstock)