Brown Rigg is located inside the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park which was unveiled in December 2013.
At 572 square miles (1,483 square kilometres), it is also Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. Due to its pristine skies it was awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the heavens.
Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is one of many such parks located across the world. They have been designated by the International Dark Sky Association, the recognised world authority on light pollution.
You can look at the sky from just about anywhere in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. For example, the Kielder Observatory, set high in Kielder Forest, far from the nearest light pollution,and home to Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. Here professional and amateur astronomers work together to deliver a stunning and exciting experience like no other. Experienced astronomers will explain and introduce the marvels of our universe. Inside there are two permanently mounted telescopes that let you see the most distant objects in the night sky. The observatory is open to the public during events. These are popular, so be sure to book ahead at www.kielderobservatory.org.
Other places include sites like Walltown and Cawfields and remote sites like Bulby’s Wood in the Breamish Valley and Elf Kirk in Kielder Forest. The Stargazing Pavilion at Stonehaugh was built through a unique collaboration between the local community with Newcastle University School of Architecture and Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust’s Art and Architecture programme.