7 brilliant things to do on a rainy day in the Lake District


Just because there’s a la’al bit of rain outside doesn’t stop us from having fun in the Lake District. The Lake District is still wonderful on a rainy day, and certainly most people expect a little rain when they come to visit. Don’t let it put a dampener on your holiday, just be prepared for it and then if the sun is out it’s a bonus! There are plenty of rainy day activities in the Lake District, including going outside and getting wet, but here are our favourites that we recommend for you and your friends and family to ensure you’ve got plenty to do when you’re visiting the area.


‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothing’

Depending on how keen you are don’t let a bit of rain stop that walk. In the rain the scenery is just as impressive if not more dramatic sometimes. When we suggest this we obviously strongly advise common sense with regards to what and where you walk or climb. If however the routes are clear from danger and the weather is not severe, by all means put on your waterproofs and get out there.

Explore the culinary delights

If you are a foodie chances are you won’t mind the rain too much because it means you can with a guilt-free conscience sit and enjoying the view, that extra course, or last coffee before you head back outside. Our hotels offer fantastic afternoon teas and are great for indulging for any afternoon. See our website for serving times and prices.

Get stuck in at Brossen at Inn on the Sqaure
Get stuck in at Brossen at Inn on the Square

Indoor climbing

Determined to burn those calories and gain some altitude on a rainy day. King Kong Climbing wall in Keswick town centre is a fantastic place for beginners and advanced climbers alike. A great place to take the kids to keep them busy, there are supervised climbs and caving routes to keep them happy for an afternoon. For those of you craving the cold get your crampons on and ice axe at the ready and have a go at ice climbing at their indoor ice climbing wall.

Go deep underground

Take a beautiful drive in the jaws of Borrowdale and up to Honister slate mine where you can enjoy an epic day of adventures. Take a tour deep into a real working mine or get strapped in and have a go at climbing the via ferrata on the inside of the mine, a great activity for all you adventurers out there.

Shop till you drop

A great advantage of staying with us at Lake District Hotels is that you can use our 21 discount vouchers to local shops in Keswick, Cockermouth, Penrith and Glenridding. With these you can get a great deal on some fabulous goodies.


Go on a brewery or distillery tour

What could be better, an indoor activity with a tasty tipple at the end of it. There are 3 tours around the Keswick area, Keswick Brewery is a small and compact tour, Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth has just reopened following a refurbishment, and for spirit lovers try the Lakes Distillery at Bassenthwaite for a taste of whisky, gin and vodka.

Hygge (get cosy in Danish)

Step into one of our hotels with your family or friends, find a comfy seat, order a pot of tea or a hot chocolate, sit back and relax. For inspiration on where to choose visit here

Afternoon Tea at Lodore Falls Hotel
Afternoon Tea at Lodore Falls Hotel