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Near Howe

Near Howe

Mugrisdale, Penrith, CA11 0SH

Located in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside in the Lake District National Park, Near Howe is an idyllic, quiet, and tranquil retreat with stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding fells. There are seven high-quality, tastefully decorated self-catering cottages set in extensive, spacious grounds. The smallest cottage sleeps 2, the largest 7, sleeping up to 30 people in total.

Near Howe enjoys minimal light pollution and uninterrupted views of the stars on clear, dark nights and is proud to be a Cumbria Tourism Dark Sky friendly destination. Guests can glimpse the Milky Way in all its glory along with sparkling star clusters from numerous outdoor seating areas and our large field, which provides uninterrupted views of the night sky.

Their complimentary Dark Sky package is available to pre-book for your stay at Near Howe on a first-come, first-served basis. It includes the use of a Sky-watcher telescope, binoculars, waterproof rug, blankets, thermos flask with hot chocolate and cups. In addition, all cottages are equipped with red torches and stargazing information.

Near Howe also holds dedicated stargazing weekends at the beginning of December, January and February. Over these weekends, there will be talks about the stars from an astronomer, taking photos of the night sky, and top tips for setting up and using a telescope, and, of course, they’ll also be plenty of time for stargazing (subject to the weather).


Stay & gaze - this location benefits from dark skies, relatively low levels of light pollution, is astronomy friendly and suitable for stargazing breaks. If you visit and find that the location is not dark sky friendly please let us know!

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Weather forecast

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Weather forecast for Blencathra (3.2 miles away) updated 08/12/21 at 20:00.




Forthcoming events

Below is a list of events at Near Howe. View these events on a calendar.

  • Stargazing Weekend at Near Howe

    Friday 10th December 2021 from 17:00pm to Monday 13th December 2021 10:00am

    Near Howe, Penrith, CA11 0SH

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  • Stargazing Weekend at Near Howe

    Friday 7th January 2022 from 17:00pm to Monday 10th January 2022 10:00am

    Near Howe, Penrith, CA11 0SH

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  • Stargazing Weekend at Near Howe

    Friday 4th February 2022 from 17:00pm to Monday 7th February 2022 10:00am

    Near Howe, Penrith, CA11 0SH

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