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Things to do in the Lakes when it rains

Rainy day ideas

We may be bias but the Lake District is worth a visit whatever the weather. For those washout wet days, here’s some ideas for things to do in the Lake District on rainy days.

Sail the lake with Ullswater Steamers

Just because it’s wet doesn’t mean you need to be trapped indoors. Catch a steamer on Ullswater and sail around the lake taking in all its beauty, from the lush green woodlands to the mountains peering through gaps in the cloud, whilst staying dry in the cabins. 

Be creative at Rheged

The Lake District has inspired writers, artists and craftspeople for centuries. At Rheged, not only can you wander around their exhibitions learning how the landscape has inspired the regions creators, you can also get stuck in yourself with a number of workshops throughout the year. There is also a cinema and a calendar of guest speakers ranging from Everest summiteers to regenerative farmers, plenty to peak your interest.

Discover what goes on beneath the surface at Honister Slate Mine

One way to escape the rain is to hide underground, at Honister there’s plenty to see and do below the surface. Westmorland Green Slate has been extracted from Honister mine since the Roman times. Today you can discover the subterranean world, scaling the cavern walls and traversing secret tunnels.

Learn about William Wordsworth in Grasmere

William Wordsworth, a name synonymous with the Lakeland landscape and one of the founders of English Romanticism, spent much of his life in the Lakes. Particularly Grasmere, where he lived with his wife Dorothy. Today you can visit their home, Dove Cottage, to learn more about the great writer.

There's no such thing as bad weather

Alfred Wainwirght, a Lakeland fell walking godfather famously said ‘there’s no such thing as and weather, only unsuitable clothing’, and we couldn’t agree more. Even in the rain the Lakeland valleys are mesmerising, the sounds on the tree canopy, the torrent of water crashing over the water falls. Pop on your waterproofs and get out there. We’ll be here to welcome you back to dry off.