Seeing Stars

Trawsfynydd (© Keith O'Brien)

alt=Ty Cipar Llyn Conwy (© Keith O'Brien)

5 Places to See the Stars

The Park Authority has ensured an International Dark Sky Reserve status for Snowdonia. There are just ten of these magical reserves in the world, and on a clear night in Snowdonia you can see the Milky Way, all the major constellations, nebulas (bright clouds of gas and dust) and shooting stars. Why not come experience our dark skies for yourself?

Tŷ Cipar, y Migneint

Tŷ Cipar, y Migneint (© Keith O'Brien)

Greggennan Lake

Greggennan Lake (© Keith O'Brien)

Llyn y Dywarchen

Llyn y Dywarchen is located above the village of Drws y Coed in Dyffryn Nantlle, near Rhyd Ddu. It is a very popular fishing lake, and has a car park nearby.

Grid Reference: SH 559 533

Parking: Up to 6 vehicles

Nearest public phone: Rhyd-Ddu (SH 569 529), 1 mile

Facilities: None on site

Llyn Geirionnydd

This is a very popular lake in the Gwydir Forest above Betws y Coed. During the summer months it is popular with picnickers as well as those who take part in water sport activities, as this is the only lake in Snowdonia where power boats and water skiing are permitted. There’s a car park on the lake’s shore, and public conveniences available during the summer.

Grid Reference: SH 763 604

Parking: Public car park

Nearest public phone: Nant Bwlch yr Haearn (SH 778 593), 2 miles

Facilities: Public toilets, picnic benches

Llynnau Cregennen

Llynnau Cregennen are two of the most popular lakes in south Merionethshire. They lie on the foothills of Cader Idris, overlooked by the crags of Tyrrau Mawr to the south east, and Pared y Cefn Hir to the north. There is a car park and public conveniences near the largest lake, and fishing is allowed provided that you are in possession of the appropriate permits.

Grid Reference: SH 657 143

Parking: Public car park

Nearest public phone: Arthog (SH 640 143), 2 miles

Facilities: Public toilets only open during the day

Tŷ Cipar, y Migneint

Tŷ Cipar is a former Gamekeeper’s house. It is located between Llan Ffestiniog and Ysbyty Ifan, within the Special Protected Area of Migneint and Arenig Dduallt. It is one of the largest areas of blanket bog in Wales, and birds such as the Hen Harrier, Peregrine and Merlin can be spotted here.

Grid Reference: SH 780 446

Parking: Up to 4 vehicles

Nearest public phone: Cwm Penmachno (SH 767 478), 2 miles

Facilities: None on site

Bwlch y Groes

Bwlch y Groes lies on the minor road linking Dinas Mawddwy and Llanuwchllyn, and is one of the highest tarmacked passes in Wales. The view from the pass encompasses the plain of the Dyfi valley, Cader Idris and Aran Fawddwy, and the Berwyn Mountains to the north-east.

Grid Reference: SH 913 232

Parking: Up to 10 vehicles

Nearest public phone: Llanymawddwy (SH 902 189), 2 miles

Facilities: None on site

The North Wales Astronomy Society have a great list of events in addition to further information about stargazing in North Wales.