Top 10 Dark Sky Places

Y Star Inn Car Park, Dylife, Powys

OS map 215. Grid ref: SN 863940

An appropriately named pub for your stargazing. Enjoy a pint and the night skies at this remote place in the Cambrian Mountains.

Image credit: Nigel A. Ball

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The Arch, Cwmystwyth

OS map 213. Grid ref: SN 765755

Drive carefully along the B4574 and you will suddenly come across a looming stone arch to the side of the road. This arch, once a majestic gateway to Hafod Estate, provides an atmospheric subject for night time photography and the skies are dark enough for an incredible stargazing experience. Easy to reach location near Devil’s Bridge.

Image credit: Nigel A. Ball

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Pont ar Elan, Elan Valley

OS map 200. Grid ref: SN 902715

Located in the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park, this peaceful and remote location enables you to have a magical experience under a sky rich with stars.

Image credit: Sorcha Lewis

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Coed Y Bont, Pontrhydfendigaid

OS map 187. Grid ref: SN 737659

Lovingly managed by local volunteers, this community woodland is situated near Strata Florida Abbey.

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Hostel Dolgoch, Tregaron

OS map 187. Grid ref: SN 805562

This hostel is situated in a remote wilderness valley near the source of the River Tywi. Away from most man-made light pollution, this is a special location.

Image credit: Dafydd Wyn Morgan

 

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Hostel Ty’n y Cornel, Llanddewi Brefi

OS map 187. Grid ref: SN 750534

Well off the beaten track, this remote hostel is located in the upper Doethie Valley near Soar y Mynydd chapel.

Image credit: Dafydd Wyn Morgan

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Llyn Brianne Reservoir, Rhandirmwyn

OS map 187. Grid ref: SN 793484

A lovely location at the deepest man-made reservoir in Wales. Park in the car park near Llyn Brianne dam in the Upper Tywi Valley and enjoy the quiet, dark skies.

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Llanllwni Mountain, Llanllwni

OS map 186. Grid ref: SN 507389

This viewpoint has far reaching views and a massive, open sky, making this the perfect place to take in the sights both day and night.

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Llanerchaeron National Trust

OS map 198. Grid ref: SN 480602

This site is on lush, forested banks of the River Aeron near a beautiful Georgian villa.

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Bwlch Nant Yr Arian, Ponterwyd

OS map 213. Grid ref: SN 717813

Easily accessible by car and just off the A44, view the night sky on the ridgetop that drops into a stunning valley of forestry, hills and lakes.

Image credit: ©Dafydd Wyn Morgan

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