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Dark Skies over Brecon Beacons National Park

Written by Ginnie James on

Wales Cottage Holidays visitors to Brecon cottages have something to look forward to on these dark winter nights! Earlier this year, the night sky above the Brecon Beacons was granted special protection when it was awarded status as an International Dark Sky Reserve.

Only the fifth area in the world to be given this status, the National Park is recognised as one of the best places in Europe to see truly dark skies. The night sky is therefore protected and lighting controls are in place to prevent light pollution.

Running from Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye in the east to Llandovery and Llandeilo in the west, Brecon Beacons National Park already possesses some of the UK’s darkest skies, ideal for stargazing. On a clear night you could see the Milky Way, as well as many other constellations, nebulas and even meteor showers.

Wales Cottage Holidays visitors can join in events such as evening Stargazing held by Cardiff Astronomical Society at the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre at various times throughout the year. Weather permitting, telescopes will be focused on interesting phenomena in the International Dark Sky!

Ginnie James

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I am Ginnie & I began working for Wales Cottage Holidays in August 2000. My blogs cover a wide variety of subjects, from Welsh history (I have a bit of a thing for castles) to its modern culture (I also have a bit of a thing for rugby players!)