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Welsh valley hoping for Dark Sky tourism boost

Welsh valley hoping for Dark Sky tourism boost
28 Nov 2013

A Welsh valley is hoping to boost its tourism industry by becoming the country's first International Dark Sky Park. 

The Elan Valley estate near Rhayader - 18,000 hectares of land in Mid Wales and the Cambrian Mountains - enjoys some of least light polluted skies in the whole of the UK and hopes to have its stargazing status recognised by the International Dark Sky Association.

Becoming a Dark Sky Park would ensure the night sky is protected, with controls put in place to limit light pollution. 

Sorcha Lewis, head ranger at the Elan Valley, said that the designation would be a real boost for the area. 

'Tourists interested in the night sky would be more likely to come and visit during the autumn and winter months, when tourism tends to be slightly quieter, which would be a huge benefit to local businesses,' she explained. 

Earlier this year, the Brecon Beacons in west Wales became an International Dark Sky Reserve.ADNFCR-408-ID-801666139-ADNFCR

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