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Near Howe

Near Howe

Mugrisdale, Penrith, Cumbria, 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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  • 15/08/22

    14° 55%

Weather forecast for Blencathra (3.2 miles away) updated 13/08/22 at 20:00.




Events nearby

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  • Eddington Astronomical Society meeting

    Thursday 1st September 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Kendal Museum, Kendal, LA9 6BT (23.9 miles away)

    More info
  • Milky Way Workshop – Ullswater

    Saturday 3rd September 2022 from 21:30pm to 23:30pm

    Glencoyne Bay Car Park - Ullswater, Penrith, CA11 0NQ (6.2 miles away)

    More info
  • Eddington Astronomical Society meeting

    Thursday 6th October 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Kendal Museum, Kendal, LA9 6BT (23.9 miles away)

    More info
  • Eddington Astronomical Society meeting

    Thursday 3rd November 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Kendal Museum, Kendal, LA9 6BT (23.9 miles away)

    More info
  • Eddington Astronomical Society meeting

    Thursday 1st December 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Kendal Museum, Kendal, LA9 6BT (23.9 miles away)

    More info