Exmoor's Dark Skies

New interactive maps offer most detailed ever picture of England’s light pollution and dark skies.

In 2011, Exmoor National Park became an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first in Europe.  The core area of the Reserve covers some 83 square kilometres of mostly moorland, surrounded by a bigger zone of 98 square kilometres, mainly farmed landscape and small settlements. The National Park Authority has for some years had a strong lighting policy to ensure that no light pollution affects the Dark Sky Reserve designation.

Exmoor National Park is the second darkest place in England, having 92% pristine dark skies.