In the summer, I often get my kids wrapped up and take them along the back of the fell wall for a bit of night time star gazing. A few layers of warm clothing, a torch, something to sit on and a flask of hot chocolate, make for a really fun and memorable evening!
Try this route in the day time first and please take care as the ground can be uneven in places! Go up Howgill Lane (past the playpark) and continue up the hill until you see a public foot path to your right. Take the public foot path (through the farm) and turn right at the top gate on to the fell. You can walk along the fell wall viewing the stars!
On a clear night you could see as many as 2,000 stars. August is usually a great time to see meteor showers. In most places it is possible to see the Milky Way as well as the planets, meteors – and not forgetting the Moon. You might even catch the Northern Lights when activity and conditions are right, as well as the International Space Station travelling at 17,000mph overhead. Click here for information on upcoming night sky activity!