5 top spots for stargazing around Brecon 

Brecon Beacons National Park is only the fifth destination in the world to be granted international dark sky reserve status. Manager for Dark Sky Wales, Allan Trow picks his best star-gazing spots.

  • Usk Reservoir at dusk with a shooting star
    Usk Reservoir, Brecon Beacons by Potty Lou

    A superb dark location which is protected from the light pollution of the South Wales Valleys. It also has ample parking and is easily reached from the Trecastle area. Have an evening family picnic as the sun goes down, then set up your telescope to enjoy outstanding dark skies.

    Geo coordinates: N51.56.58, W03.41.55

  • This reservoir is extremely dark but unfortunately it has few locations accessible to the casual observer. The village however has a field nearby that provides great views and has ample parking.  There are also laybys alongside the A4607 which are ideal vantage points to enjoy the beauty of the dark skies.

    Geo coordinates: N51.54.52, W03.35.12

  • Star filled sky above Brecon Beacons National Park
    Brecon Beacons National Park by Dave2142

    A great place to set up your telescope. The centre is signposted from the A470 at the village of Libanus and offers easy access for the public both day and night. It’s only an hour’s drive from every one of the South Wales valleys. Enjoy some superb vistas and skies with a limiting magnitude of 6.37.

    Geo coordinates: N51.56.02, W 03.28.40

  • Star filled sky above Pontsticill Reservoir
    Pontsticill Reservoir, Brecon Beacons by Jeff Morgan

    A great location accessed from Merthyr Tydfil. The reservoir is popular with anglers and picnickers by day, and stargazers and their telescopes by night. That’s because the site provides excellent viewing of the night sky with many parking places located along the banks of the reservoir.

    Geo coordinates: N51 48 56, W3 22 17

  • Extremely accessible with plenty of parking, the lakes provide superb views of the Milky Way and numerous deep sky objects that can be seen with the naked eye. It shares the location with an outdoor pursuits centre which has some stray light but that only makes a little intrusion into this well-known beauty spot.

    Geo coordinates: N51.56.07, W03.16.13

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