Top 9 things to do in the Lake District when it’s wet

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Things to do in the Lake District when it's wet - child splashing in puddles
Things to do in the Lake District when it's wet

Our lakes are lovely, but they are often getting topped up by the rain. If you agree with the saying: “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing”, what can you do? Well, quite a lot! Here are some of the best things to do in the Lake District when it’s wet, which are indoor or undercover.

But first: a tip about the weather

The weather in the Lake District can vary a lot. It can be pouring down with rain in one valley. But a few miles away, it’s dry.

This is all down to our geography: the prevailing westerly winds tend to blow in saturated air from the Irish Sea. It cools going over the mountains, condensing the droplets into rain. It’s, therefore worth checking out these webcams from across the Lakes to see if it’s stopped raining elsewhere.

1. A calming cruise

For a low-maintenance way to soak in the scenery, you can’t beat a boat cruise! Check out:

Boat trips in bowness on Windermere, the view from the boat, Cumbria, United Kingdom, selective focus

2. Undercover history

The main hall of Windermere Jetty Boat Museum – Photography Vivienne Crow

3. Kid-friendly indoor attractions

4. A rail-ly good time

These steam train lines charm and entertain whatever the weather!

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Also don’t forget the more modern railway lines of:

5. Retail therapy

A rainy day is perfect to stock up on your outdoor walking gear, or have a browse around the shops of Ambleside, Keswick, Grasmere or Kendal.

Kendal - Things to do in the Lake District when it's wet
Kendal in the Rain

6. Wet your whistle in the wet

Tour the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite to see how they make their whisky, gin and vodka. We’ve also heard good things about their bistro!

Keswick Brewery Company blends English and international hops to create delicious craft beers. It also runs regular tours of the brewery, including a tasting session.

7. Stretch your legs – and arms

Indoor climbing walls often offer beginner’s sessions. Check out:

8. A different view

The Lake District has inspired artists for centuries. A rainy day is the ideal opportunity to wander around some lovely galleries. Who knows, it may inspire your own family’s Turner or Beatrix Potter!

Some recommendations include:

9. Make like Jemima Puddleduck

OK, this one will mean getting wet, but it’s a firm family fav. May we introduce the noble art of ‘puddle splodging’? When you’re all in waterproof trousers and wellies, jumping in puddles is a lot of fun! 

Looking for things to do in the Lake District when it's wet?
Go for a splash

If you’ve forgotten to pack ‘forest school’ clothing for your little ones, Ambleside and Keswick have some great outdoor equipment and clothing shops.

What’s your go-to Lake District activity when it’s we

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Disclaimer: We’ve tried to be as accurate as possible when writing this article, but information can change. Please check for yourself before making any decisions based on this blog.