Elan Valley Dark Sky Park

Mid Wales Holiday Lets are on the doorstep of the Elan Valley Estate which was granted the silver-tier status by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) based in Arizona, USA.

45,000 acres of the Elan Valley are protected against light pollution for the benefit of those who live and work here, in addition to the many visitors each year. The status also provides sanctuary for the abundance of wildlife and nature which can be found by day or night here on the estate.

An IDA International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) is a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment. The land may be publicly owned, or privately owned provided that the landowner(s) consent to the right of permanent, ongoing public access to specific areas included in the IDA designation.”

Currently the Elan Valley is the only International Dark Sky Park in Wales. Mid Wales Holiday Lets are able to facilitate your stay with luxury apartments based in Rhayader. We have apartments to suit all size parties; The Cwtch a great couples retreat, Old Drapers an accessible apartment, Bakehouse great for a family or small group, Afonwy House ideal for larger groups and families or Glandwr House which has 6 ensuite bedrooms! We have something for everyone.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable stargazing experience, then look no further than Elan Valley Dark Skies. Located in the heart of Mid Wales, Elan Valley offers some of the darkest skies in the UK, making it a prime spot for stargazing enthusiasts.

What makes Elan Valley so special is its remote location and lack of light pollution. The valley is located in a sparsely populated area, far away from the bright lights of cities and towns. This makes it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in the beauty of the night sky.

One of the best ways to experience Elan Valley Dark Skies is by attending one of the regular stargazing events held throughout the year. These events are hosted by the Elan Valley Visitor Centre and feature expert astronomers who will guide you through the night sky, pointing out constellations, stars, and planets.

Another great way to experience Elan Valley Dark Skies is to simply head out on your own and find a quiet spot to stargaze. The valley has plenty of open spaces and stunning vistas, providing the perfect backdrop for an evening under the stars.

Some of the highlights of Elan Valley Dark Skies include the Milky Way, which can be seen stretching across the sky on a clear night, and the Andromeda Galaxy, which is one of the closest galaxies to our own and can be seen with the naked eye.

If you’re planning a visit to Elan Valley, be sure to bring warm clothing and a good pair of binoculars or a telescope. You’ll also want to check the weather forecast and choose a clear night with minimal cloud cover for the best stargazing experience.

Elan Valley Dark Skies is a truly magical experience that is not to be missed. So pack your bags, head to Mid Wales, and prepare to be amazed by the beauty of the night sky.

Telephone: 01597 810880

Website: https://www.elanvalley.org.uk/darkskies