Top 10 Sunset Places

Top of Pen y Bannau, Pontrhydfendigaid,  Ceredigion

OS map 187. Grid Ref: SN 741669

This viewpoint is the end point of a 36 mile trail called the Mal Evans Way from Borth to Pontrhyfendigaid and offers far reaching views over pastoral farmland and distant hills, making it a great destination to watch a sunset. It also was the site of an Iron Age hillfort.

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Top of Sugar Loaf Viewpoint, Cynghordy, Carmarthenshire

OS map 187. Grid Ref: SN 834427

The A483 skirts around the north-western edge of this small, but mighty hill. Park at the north-eastern edge, take the public footpath to the viewpoint at the top and discover western views of the Mynydd Maellen range and forestry.

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Wynfford Vaughan Thomas Viewpoint, Powys

OS map 215. Grid Ref: SN 836959

Easily accessible by car, this location is so visually stunning you won’t know where to look first! Stand at the Wynford Vaughan Thomas Memorial and look north to the mountain ranges of Cadair Idris and Maesglas, with views of the Dyfi Valley. Wynford Vaughan Thomas, a BBC Correspondent known for his reportage during WW2, thought that this was the best viewpoint in Wales.

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Bwlch Nant y Arian, Ponterwyd, Powys

OS map 213. Grid Ref: SN 717 813

This location is easily accessible from the A44. Park in the car park and sit on the bench, admiring the far reaching western views across a valley to Cardigan Bay. Stay and enjoy the starry skies as this is also a Dark Sky Discovery Site.

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Llynnoedd Teifi, Ffair Rhos, Ceredigion

OS map 213. Grid Ref: SN 789682

This special location is situated on the western side of the Cambrian Mountains and overlooks Teifi Pools, a cluster of upland lakes. A walk of half a mile takes you to a bothy owned by the Elan Valley Trust. After the sun sinks over the western hills, enjoy the night skies as they are the darkest in the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park.

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Pumlumon Summit, Ponterwyd, Ceredigion

OS map 213. Grid Ref: SN 789869

This fantastic location is situated on the highest point of the Cambrian Mountains. At an elevation of 2,468 ft / 752m, you can see much of the Cambrian Mountains and two national parks from this viewpoint: Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. The Shropshire Hills can be discerned in the east.  If that wasn’t enough, you can watch the sun sink into the glittering Cardigan Bay.

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Poet’s Memorial at Hafod Ithel, Trefenter, Ceredigion

OS map 199. Grid Ref: SN 610677

Overlooking Llyn Eiddwen, stand at the slightly elevated outcrop at the monument commemorating four local Welsh poets. This viewpoint has far reaching views across to the coast.

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Llanllwni Mountain Viewpoint, Llanllwni, Carmarthenshire

OS map 186. Grid Ref: SN 507389

This isn’t strictly a mountain but is high enough to give 360° elevated views of the Brecon Beacons, Carningli Mountain and on a clear day, even the Snowdonia National Park, with a fabulous horizon to watch the sun set.

Image credit: John Atherton / Mynydd Llanllwni / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Craig Goch Reservoir, Elan Valley, Powys

Ordnance Survey (OS) map 200. Grid Ref SN: 894686

This is a stunning location to watch the sunset. Located right by a beautiful Victorian dam, sit and look out over Craig Goch reservoir to watch the play of light on the water, as the sun sets into the undulating horizon of the Cambrian Mountains. You can also watch the stars emerge and get to know the constellations by using the on-site sky map!

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Nant y Moch Reservoir, Ceredigion

OS map 213. Grid Ref: SN 754862

Situated in the north-west Cambrian Mountains, half way between the coast and Llyn Clywedog, this seldom visited dam guarantees a tranquil sunset experience.

Image credit: @Janet Baxter

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