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. 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 extensive 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 using 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. 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.
Weather forecast for Blencathra (3.2 miles away) updated 06/12/23 at 20:00.
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Best time to visit
The below chart shows when the skies will be at their darkest at this location and therefore the best time to visit. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing. See our dark sky calendar for more details.