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6th March 2017

Things to do in the Lake District when it Rains

A holiday when the weather is wet doesn’t need to be a washout and there are still plenty of things to see and do in the Lake District when it rains.

Here, we’re looking at some of the attractions you can visit across Cumbria come wet weather or sunshine.

Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine is located on the main road from Borrowdale to Buttermere, at the top of Honister Pass and is a still working mine which offers underground tours throughout the day. It gives you the chance to see exactly how the mine works and how the Westmorland Green Slate is extracted. The tours also include a historical element and there is even the chance to follow the original miner’s track using a series of metal cables, rungs, ladders and bridges – if you’re feeling particularly brave.

Muncaster Castle and Gardens

Muncaster Castle has been in the Pennington Family since 1208 and quickly gained a reputation as one of the most haunted castles in the whole of the UK. With stunning gardens (perhaps not on the rainiest of days), an owl centre and beautifully decorated rooms to explore, many ‘strange happenings’ have been recorded at Muncaster over the years and it is great even in wet weather, especially if you take a walk under the cover of the canopy in Bluebell Wood.

The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes practises holistic spirit making, with the whisky-maker at the helm throughout the journey through the distillery and beyond. There’s the chance to sample a mix of tipples along the way and the onsite bistro serves up lunch, afternoon tea and dinner once you’ve had your fill of the drinks – and you’re not far from the River Derwent if you’re in need of some fresh air to walk it all off.

Ruskin’s Residence

Brantwood in Coniston was the former home of the area’s most famous resident, renowned artist and critic John Ruskin. It is a true gem offering up artistic and natural feats of beauty and the chance to explore the former home of a highly-acclaimed visionary. You can explore the Ruskin Museum and learn all about his time living in the Lakes. While discovering fine furnishings, beautiful paintings and many of Ruskin’s most treasured possessions. Brantwood also boasts 250 acres of gardens which are beautiful whatever the weather.

Aira Force

Aira Force in Ullswater is even more stunning when it’s wet! Simply walk under the shelter of the leafy canopy and view the waterfalls with added drama as it drops a staggering 65 foot. The rain further amplifies the crash as it tumbles to the ground below and the atmosphere is quite unique thanks to the wet weather.

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum offers the opportunity to discover even more about the history of the Lake District and experience underground tours. Where you can view a varied collection of machinery and the quarry even has its own narrow gauge railway, via which you can take in some stunning views of Blencathra.

A holiday during the colder months doesn’t have to spoil your visit. It can even make some attractions more unique and there are plenty of things to do in the Lake District when it rains – even if you’re forced to swap hiking the fells for stately homes and museums. Feeling inspired to book a trip come rain or shine? Look no further than our collection of Cumbrian cottages. 

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