Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park in southwest England is located 154 miles (248 km) west of London and 40 miles (65 km) north of Exeter, in an upland area that includes over 30 miles (50 km) of coastline. High sea cliffs, together with interesting plants and animals, have aroused much interest in the region. Dark sky awareness in the park bloomed in 2009 during IAU/UNESCO’s International Year of Astronomy, and in 2011 the area was designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky association (IDA). Like all the national parks, Exmoor is free to enter, there are no gates and no opening and closing times. Camping and roadside parking is only allowed with landowner permission, but accommodation services are available. A Dark Skies Festival has been held yearly since 2017; see details here: https://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/stargazing/dark-skies-festival

September 1, 2016

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