Parc Penallta

Penallta, Ystrad Mynach, CF8, Wales

Location description

Ideal location to observe the night sky with a playing field size area affording excellent views to all horizons. Featured as a dark sky discovery site although how ideal a site is questionable due to the proximity of nearby light polluted towns (we haven’t been there — let us know!).

Dark sky discovery site

Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a suburban setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.


When to visit

The best time to visit Parc Penallta can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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