Star trails above Kielder. Photo: Mike Dickson

Star trails above Kielder. Photo: Mike Dickson

Outdoor fans are being invited to boldly go on a star trek near one of England’s remotest villages.

The second People’s Star Camp will take place at Kielder Campsite close to the final frontier between England and Scotland.

A battery of powerful telescopes will be set up to enable campers to view the wonders of the night sky at what is claimed to be the darkest spot in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.

Last year the weekend camp-out under inky black skies drew more than 50 people, many seeing the Milky Way for the first time.

Joint organiser and stargazer Richard Darn said: “Kielder Campsite is already home to a major international star camp, but this version is aimed at beginners.

“We’ll use telescopes to get brilliant close-up views and keep our eyes peeled for shooting stars and artificial satellites scuttling across the night sky. Last year we had some unforgettable views.”

The People’s Star Camp will take place on 9 and 10 October at the community-owned campsite near Kielder village, 3km (2 miles) from the Scottish border.

The 580-sq-mile dark sky park was designated in December 2013 by the International Dark Skies Association.

Bookings for the event can be made by email or by phoning 01434 250291.

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