I don’t think we’re breaking any news that it rains in the Lake District. The lush green fells need a regular soaking to keep themselves looking so good. But what to do when the heavens have opened? First of all; don’t worry, there’s loads of great things you can do when it’s raining in the Lake District, and in the surrounding area.


Things to do around Keswick

There’s lots of things you can do around Keswick when it’s raining. From the bustling markets and quaint cafes of the town itself, to the sophisticated distillery tours and historic mining museums. But for those who like to keep active the old slate mines at Honister are an ideal dryish activity, while the Keswick climbing wall also boasts a cafe! Here’s a few of our ideas for you


The Lakes Distillery
Fine food and extra fine booze. What’s not to love. Not just a maker of exquisite gin, The Lakes Distillery is the crafter of the finest English Whisky. As well as tours of the distillery there are numerous tasting experiences and a delicious bistro.



Keswick Brewery
You can never tour too many breweries! Keswicks brewery not only offers tours, but also has its own bar.



Honister Slate Mines
Learn about the fascinating history of slate mining in the Lake District while exploring the old mine shafts.



Threlkeld Railway and Quarry Museum
Pan for (fake) gold while you wait for the narrow guage train to take you up the steep track to the top of the mine where you can explore old exavators.



The Puzzling Place
Enjoy optical illusions and puzzling puzzles. A great quick town escape.



Keswick Launch
Huddle inside one of the Keswick Launches and enjoy the spectacular scenery around Derwent Water.



Kong Adventures
Whether a total novice or experienced climber Kong Adventure, in the centre of Keswick is a great active wet weather option.



Keswick Climbing Wall
Just a 20 minute walk from Low Nest, next to the Castlerigg stone circles is Keswick Climbing Wall. Great for experienced and newbie climbers, with the added bonus of a cafe!



Lakeland Culture

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museumwww.wordsworth.org.uk

Heaton Cooper Studiowww.heatoncooper.co.uk

World of Peter Rabbitwww.hop-skip-jump.com

Windermere Jetty Museumwww.lakelandarts.org.uk/windermere-jetty-museum

Hill Top Farmwww.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top

Wordsworth Schoolwww.hawksheadgrammar.org.uk

Wordsworth House and Gardenswww.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house-and-garden

Brantwood, Conistonwww.brantwood.org.uk

Muncaster Castlewww.muncaster.co.uk


Trains, Boats and Wildlife

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railwaywww.ravenglass-railway.co.uk

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railwaywww.lakesiderailway.co.uk

Windermere Jetty Museumwww.lakelandarts.org.uk/windermere-jetty-museum

Lakes Aquariumwww.lakesaquarium.co.uk

Coast Aquarium, Maryportwww.coastaquarium.co.uk

Lake District Wildlife Parkwww.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk



Get On The Water

Ullswater Steamerwww.ullswater-steamers.co.uk

Keswick Launchwww.keswick-launch.co.uk

Windermere Cruiseswww.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

Coniston Gondalawww.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondol

Self Drive Motor Boat – All the main lakes have self drive motor boats available to hire. Most have an en closed cabin so you can enjoy the beauty of the lakes, but in the comfort of the sheltered cabin.


Get Active

Kong Adventurewww.kongadventure.com

Keswick Climbing Wallwww.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk

Ambleside Climbing Wallwww.amblesideadventure.co.uk/ambleside-wall

Kendal Climbing Wallwww.kendalwall.co.uk



One last option; grab a coat and get out for a lovely walk in the rain. If the weather forecast is bad then we wouldn’t recommend doing anything to high or out of your comfort zone. But the rain gives a whole new dimension to the views you’d normally get. Particularly round tarns and lakes. As Billy Connolly says: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. So grab ya wellies and enjoy the Lake District at one of its finest moments.