Dark Skies and Panoramas
At a glance:
Discover hidden heritage and history on winding backroads and tranquil walks in the beautiful protected landscapes of Wales and England.
Experience star-gazing in world-class Dark Sky Reserves and try your hand at Astrophotography with a local expert.
Join a guided night-time hike for a unique view of the Brecon Beacons National Park or learn about nocturnal species on a twilight nature ramble.
Enjoy the panoramic views of traditional rural England and discover ancient hillforts of Offa’s Dyke and the Shropshire Hills.
Retreat to the comfort of luxury historic inns and world-renowned country houses.
Discover the extraordinary in the Welsh Borders with world-class dark skies and panoramic views of tranquil patchwork landscapes sculpted by history.
The Welsh border country is a landscape of rolling hills and hidden valleys, heathland and mountains, forests and woodlands, lakes, protected landscapes and National Parks offering a variety of big-sky panoramas by day and stunning dark sky views by night.
Explore the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the dominant riverside Chepstow Castle to the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey, as painted by Turner. Experience the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park, hike or drive through the Black Mountains. After twilight on cloudless nights, Dark Sky Discovery sites come alive with unobstructed views of far-off constellations, bright nebulas, meteor showers and The Milky Way.
Take a guided walk at dusk to discover some nocturnal wildlife, from glow-worms and mammals to bats and owls. Visit the tranquil Elan Valley, Wales’ only International Dark Sky Reserve. Photograph the stars with an expert Astro-photographer or take a ranger-led moonlit hike. Create your own personal star-gazing experience at one of our partner hotels, they will lend you a telescope and turn off the outdoor lighting. Cross over into England’s Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for panoramic views of a rural patchwork of ancient woodlands, natural meadows and traditional hedgerows. Explore castles, rural villages and charming market towns filled with half-timbered houses. Walk part of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail, a route that traces an 8th century boundary between England and Wales. Discover Iron Age Hillforts among the heather-clad hills and see how Victorians shaped the landscape at the Historic Working Farm. With four Dark Sky reserves, the Shropshire Hills offer some of the country’s darkest night skies. In the right conditions, the breath-taking Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights can often be seen here.
Extend the trip to include the seascapes and coastal dark skies of Pembrokeshire or the mountains of Snowdonia for the ultimate panorama from Wales’ highest peak. For Dark Skies, take the trip in early Springtime or the Autumn when the nights are longer.
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