We are very pleased to announce that Pont ar Elan on the Elan Valley estate has been designated a Dark Sky Discovery Site.
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It is one of six new sites to have the nationally recognised designation, forming part of a stunning Cambrian Mountains-wide astro-tourism trail which covers a driving distance of 50 miles.
Not only is it located within an IDA International Dark Sky Park, but it also has the Dark Sky Discovery Site ‘Milky Way’ designation, meaning the Milky Way is clearly visible.
The new Dark Sky Discovery Sites are located at Coed Y Bont, Pontrhydfendigaid and the Arch near Devil’s Bridge, Llyn Brianne car park, Rhandirmwyn and Llanllwni Mountain, Pont ar Elan at the Elan Valley and the aptly named Star Inn Pub in Dylife.
The new sites add to the Cambrian Mountains previously established night sky locations of the Dolgoch ant Ty’n Cornel Hostels and the National Trust’s Llanerchaeon property.
In celebration of this news, a Cambrian Mountains and Elan Valley Dark Sky Guide has been published, providing information about the Dark Sky Discovery Site locations, which constellations can be seen and handy apps to help you get to know the night sky and become a stargazer.
For more information, visit: https://www.thecambrianmountains.co.uk/discover-dark-skies