Warm walking jackets
may be very useful garments to have at any time in the Lake District in autumn, but perhaps even more so on a cold, starry night.
A good reason for joining in one such exercise may be found in its proposed combination with beer, as part of a festival
planned by Friends of the Lake District.
The Dark Sky Beer Festival
will be held at Wainwright's Inn in Chapel Stile, Langdale over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October, with Kendal's Eddington Astronomical Society supplying the expertise on stars and planets, but not the beer.
That honour will go to the likes of Stringers Brewery Mutiny Dark Stout and Cumbrian Legendary Ales Grasmoor Dark Ale, in keeping with the dark sky theme.
Warm outdoor clothing
may be ideal for those making the most of a lack of light pollution to explore the night sky, although the combination of a few beers may lead to false UFO sightings.
Britain's first reported photograph of a UFO (allegedly) was taken in the Lake District, at a point near the Walna Scar Road above Coniston in 1954.