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Fforest Fields - Dark Skies

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We have just spent 3 nights at Fforest Fields, in a Yurt.

The night skies were the darkest I have ever seen.

The night time temperatures were around -6 and skies incredible!

Log burner in the Yurt was more than adequate.

There is virtually no light pollution and the site is open all year. Well worth visiting.

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Oh, that sounds interesting, and might be worth a trip if a weekend promises to be clear.

What's the lighting around the campsite like? Sometimes it can be a bit hard to keep your dark adaption if you can't get away from them.

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The further away from the central area the better. The Yurts are well away and as the weather improves some of the grass pitches are available where you are well away from the lighting. There is nothing to stop you from taking your equipment  outside the camping area as all the surrounding land is Fforest Fields.

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I'd have been interested in taking my family down, the only thing that worries me is that I would need mains power and it would appear that the Yurts only have a small solar unit, is that the case?

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The Yurts do have a small electric radiator and a power socket. There is also an electric fridge in the kitchen and power socket which I use for an electric cool box. I don't know what the actual output is though, I guess it depends on what you propose to run. I have noticed that the cleaner uses an electric vacuum cleaner when servicing the Yurts. I hope this helps. I understand that the Yurts will be closed from 14 Feb for a couple of weeks or so when they propose to dismantle them for cleaning etc for the new season.

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I use the site frequently, and have been there with a few members of the South Wales Astronomy Group (SWAG).

Unfortunately, we were there during  Storm Callum last October but still managed a few good nights.

I agree the skies there are dark and among the best in the country. 

Campsite lights are very minimal with the best pitches to avoid stray light are in the events field.

 

 

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Great Location, good facilities, and there are power connections at the hard standings in the grassy events field.

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