We are so lucky in the Lake District, Cumbria. By day we have stunning views of the Lakeland fells and by night, because of our lack of light pollution, we have an uninterrupted view of the stars.

Stargazing in the Lake District, Cumbria

Winter is the perfect time to wrap up warm and head outdoors for a night-time adventure and see the night sky in all its glory. Look up and see amazing constellations of stars, milky ways and planets - and if you’re lucky enough, the Northern Lights. You could probably stand almost anywhere in Cumbria on a clear night and enjoy some star spotting but there are some places to go which are geared up for such occasions.

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre nestled between Ennerdale and Buttermere in the Lake District is an accredited Dark Sky Discovery site and offers one of the best locations in Cumbria to observe the natural beauty and wonder of the night sky. This remote, mountainous setting away from the bright lights of surrounding villages, enables gazers on a clear night to see endless, illuminated bands of twinkling stars across the spectacular night sky. With organised events twice a year for keen enthusiasts, you really will be in star gazing heaven at this dazzling location.

Throw on your thermals and venture outside for an evening at Allan Bank in Grasmere, the former home of William Wordsworth, and marvel at the night sky in the ‘loveliest spot that man hath ever found’. Another Dark Sky Discovery site, this historic National Trust property is perched on a hillside above the village of Grasmere and boasts low light pollution and nearby open countryside making it the perfect place to see meteors and stars galore. Once you’ve had your fill of stargazing, warm up with a hot chocolate by the fireside.

Grizedale Forest is a year-round destination for lovers of both the great outdoors and awe inspiring sculptures. Grab your winter woollies for an evening of stargazing with local astronomer Robert Ince who will take you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, whilst also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself. You’ll also learn about our dark skies and see striking images and videos of the objects you may get to see when exploring under the stars.

Head away from the bright lights of towns and villages and up to Church Fell near Sizergh Castle where, on a clear night before a full moon, you can see infamous constellations such as the Plough and Orion’s Belt. With the chance to also see meteor showers and fast-moving streaks of light, this great vantage point overlooking the beautiful Lythe valley will really make you feel like you can grab the stars out of the sky! Just remember to take your binoculars and a warming hot toddy for after.

There are loads of places in the Lake District, Cumbria where you can enjoy views of the night sky and plenty of places to stay too that specialise in stargazing. Find out all you need to know right here.

Stargazing Tip: November is a special time to visit for stargazing enthusiasts. The Cumbria Dark Skies Festival takes place each year, and there are loads of really exciting ways to see the stars. Find all the details here.




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