Nestled in the undulating terrain on the easternmost side of the Black Mountains, sits the long abandoned Llanthony Priory. At one time a serene retreat for knights and royals, this formerly magnificent monastery is one of Wales’ greatest surviving examples of medieval architecture, as well as an enduring symbol of Henry VIII’s devastating ‘Dissolution’ which threatened to destroy so many of the UK’s remarkable religious buildings.
The journey to Llanthony makes for a delightful day’s detour – as you wind your way through market towns and round the Ewyas vales, skimming along the England-Wales border – but, oddly enough, it is at night when the true beauty of the location is revealed.
As one of only a handful Dark Sky reserves in the world, this small segment of the Brecon Beacons is unquestionably one of the greatest places to see the stars. So whether you’re keen on constellations, or just fancy a good old fashioned gaze, this should be one place right at the top of your list.