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The hamlet situated on Howtown Wyke bay on Ullswater
Howtown is located in Cumbria
Howtown shown within Cumbria
OS grid reference NY455218
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PENRITH
Postcode district CA10
Dialling code 017684
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°34′11″N 2°51′45″W / 54.569732°N 2.862544°W / 54.569732; -2.862544Coordinates: 54°34′11″N 2°51′45″W / 54.569732°N 2.862544°W / 54.569732; -2.862544

Howtown is a hamlet in Cumbria, England, situated at a small harbour on the east shore of Ullswater in the Lake District. It lies within the civil parish of Martindale.[1]

Howtown is about three and a half miles from Pooley Bridge and is best reached by water. The Ullswater 'Steamers' regularly stop there on their way from Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater to Pooley Bridge at the northern end of the lake.

The name Howtown means "farmstead on the hill". The place name is from the Old Norse word haugr, meaning "hill" or "mound", and the Old English word tün, meaning "town".[2][3] It contains the Howtown Hotel. Howtown was founded by the How (or Howe) family.

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  1. ^ "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 14 June 2016. Opened at appropriate location, with civil parish boundaries and names shown.
  2. ^ Ullswater Area
  3. ^ Place Names in the Lake District Archived 2008-05-04 at the Wayback Machine.

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