A new project is highlighting Wales’ three National Parks as outstanding dark sky destinations, with opportunities to enjoy activities that reach beyond the traditional activities of stargazing and astronomy.
The Discovery in the Dark Wales website has been produced by the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia National Park Authorities to help people discover the variety of dusk-till-dawn adventures that are available to residents, visitors and businesses.
The project has been supported by dark sky experts and local businesses, with the website including advice on how everyone can maximise the potential of the dark skies above Wales’ most cherished landscapes.
Hannah Buck, Health and Tourism Policy Officer for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority said:
“Wales’ National Parks are well-known for their spectacular landscapes; but this project aims to make everyone aware of the potential benefits that lie in the starry skies above them.
“They include an opportunity to lengthen the tourism season beyond the summer months and how energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by limiting light pollution.
“This website provides information on a diverse range of dark sky pursuits such as astrophotography, as well as active and wildlife based adventures. There is also a toolkit for businesses and a video which shows examples of how Wales’ National Parks can be enjoyed 24/7.”
The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks are designated Dark Sky Reserves while the Pembrokeshire Coast is home to a necklace of designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites.
The project was funded by Visit Wales as part of the development of the Welsh Government’s Partnership for Growth tourism strategy.
For more information including information on the best dark sky locations in each National Park, visit www.discoveryinthedark.wales