The Cambrian Mountains destination of Wales has just opened a new astro-tourism trail recognising its recent accolade as one of the UK’s top spots to go star-gazing. Six stellar places have been awarded Dark Sky Discovery Site status, putting them right up there on the celestial map.
The trail, which covers a driving distance of just over 50 miles, can be visited over the course of a few nights for a glimpse of Orion, The Great Plough and the North Star. It is accompanied by an illuminating Cambrian Mountains & Elan Valley Dark Sky Guide which details what to look out for throughout the year with a pair of binoculars or telescope.
The public can find the new Dark Sky Discovery Site locations at
- Mynydd Llanllwni Mountain, Llanllwni, Sir Gâr/Carmarthenshire
- Cronfa Ddŵr Llyn Brianne Reservoir, Rhandirmwyn, Sir Gâr/Carmarthenshire
- Coed Y Bont, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion
- Y Bwa/The Arch, Coedwig Ystwyth Forest, Ceredigion
- Pont ar Elan Car Park, Cwm Elan Valley, Powys
- Y Star Inn Car Park, Dylife, Powys
The new sites have been added to the Cambrian Mountains’ three previous established night sky locations of the Dolgoch and Ty’n Cornel Hostels and at the National Trust’s Llanerchaeron property.
Not only is the trail suitable for night viewing, but it can also be enjoyed during daylight hours, where walkers can discover many things on route including the UK's tallest reservoir, mining heritage dating back to Roman times and a 12th century abbey.
The Cambrian Mountains & Elan Valley Dark Sky Guide can be downloaded here.
Dafydd Wyn Morgan, Project Manager for the Dyfodol Cambrian Futures project
The clear skies offer incredible views of the Milky Way, meteor showers and the International Space Station when it passes over.”
Published 19 November 2019