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13 January 2014

Cornwall acquires stargazing Dark Sky status in two new areas

There’s some great news for lovers of the stars (the ones in the sky not on the TV). So now when you come and stay in 5 star cottages Cornwall you will be able to venture to the two areas that have just secured their “Dark Sky” status. This new status means that the locations are now recognised as being among some of the top locations for stargazing in the United Kingdom.

Chapel Porth and St Agnes as well as the Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, are the areas which have been approved the new status by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) that are both currently owned by the National Trust.

The trust said that the sites, on the north coast, were fortunate enough not to be affected by light pollution.

The locations needed to fit some criteria in order to gain listing. First of all a site must have good public as well as disabled access, secondly permission from the landowner for access must be granted and finally the Milky Way has to be visible from the area.

Exmoor Reserve and parts of the Isles of Scilly are already among the places in the South West to claim stargazing dark sky status.

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