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Stargazing from Cumbria's dark skies

Far from the bright lights of the city, with secluded valleys and remote fell tops, Cumbria is home to some of the darkest skies in the UK.

Meteor showers hit their peak from October, through November and into December with light Taurid showers, followed by the bright, fast trailing blazes of the Leonids. 

Situated in a quiet orchard, you can take full advantage of the starry skies from just outside of your pod, but if you do want to venture further into the dark, Patterdale – just down the road, is one of the darkest valleys in the country with little to zero light emissions. 

Enjoy a lakeside evening spectacular or take part in one of the many guided night sky activities from walks to swims and canoeing trips.

Here are some of our top tips for making your stargazing experience the best:

  1. Give yourself time to adjust to the dark – It takes at least 20 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark so get comfy and take your time.
  2. Wrap up warm – It can get very chilly at night so wrap up in warm clothing, snuggly blankets, sip on some hot chocolate and make it a cosy affair. 
  3. Pack some binoculars – Yes, they aren’t as powerful as a telescope but even your average bird watching binoculars will show up more than 50 x times more than the naked eye!

If you would like to know the best stargazing spots or would like to book on some of the local stargazing experiences, please feel free to ask one of the team for more information.