We and our guests have always enjoyed the fabulous views from Baddegai and some of the best ones come at night. There is so little light pollution that on a cloudless night the sky is perfect for star gazing.
Now this aspect of the Brecon Beacons has been internationally recognized and granted special protection.
It has become Wales’ first and only the fifth destination in the world to be granted the status of an international dark sky reserve – the only other one in the Uk is the Exmoor Natioal Park.
This means that special controls will be introduced to curb light pollution. Residents in the National Park have already been advised on what measures they can take to help reduce the lighting levels such as tilting outside lights downwards rather than upwards.
Martin Morgan-Taylor of the United States International Dark Sky Association who awarded the Brecon Beacons their status said ‘the best views of the night sky come from places such as the Brecon Beacons, who have dedicated themselves to protecting and restoring the night sky for all to enjoy.’
Officials claimed that on a clear night above the Beacons people could see the Milky Way, as well as numerous constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers.The best views of the night sky come from places such as the Brecon Beacons, who have dedicated themselves to protecting and restoring the night sky for all to enjoy
So come and stay at Baddegai in the Brecon Beacons National Park and enjoy some time looking at the night sky.
The National Visitors Centre at Libanus which is less than two miles away hosts evenings of star gazing with members of Cardiff Astrological Society.
In the future we are hoping to buy a telescope to keep at Baddegai but in the meantime there is plenty to see with the naked eye.
Also do not forget to keep the outside lights off as much as possible – so we are going our bit to preserve the dark sky status of the Brecon Beacons National Park.