From Iain Todd of Sky at Night Magazine;
When you think of dark-sky sites in the UK, you might immediately turn to the Scottish Highlands or north Wales, but the south of England has its fair share of protected places, too.
South Downs National Park may look too close to London to be truly dark, but its Dark Sky Reserve status says otherwise.
The park spans 140 kilometres just beyond the south coast, and regular stargazing events are held throughout the area.
The area was also home to the late Patrick Moore, which is why it’s known as Moore’s Reserve, while the Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre – once the location of the Royal Observatory – is also nearby.
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