Rainy days in the Lake District

Rainy days in the Lake District

Wet weather can be a monotonously regular occurrence here on the shores of Lake Windermere - but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

When you know what to expect, there's no reason why a spot of rain should spoil your enjoyment of the region. 

On the contrary, the Lake District becomes somehow more mysterious, more atmospheric when the rain comes down. The valleys and fells are shrouded in mist, the waterfalls surge with energy, and the rain when it hits the lake sounds like a distant round of applause.

We thought we’d put together a list of things for you and your family to enjoy even in the foulest of conditions here in our local area. As the Norwegians are so fond of saying: ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather; only inappropriate clothing.’

Indie Cinema and Jazz Bar

Boasting two separate multi-screen venues close together in the heart of Ambleside, Zeffirellis was named as one of The Guardian’s top ten independent cinemas in 2010 and shows a range of foreign, mainstream Hollywood, and arthouse films on its five screens. The venue also includes a stylish vegetarian restaurant, a cafe, and a jazz bar with live music several times each week.

Zeffirellis 
Compston Road, Ambleside, Cumbria 
LA22 9DJ
015394 33845
www.zeffirellis.com

Raining Catfish and Dogfish?

What to do when it’s raining cats and dogs? Take the kids to The Lakes Aquarium, of course, where they'll get to see a huge variety of saltwater and freshwater wildlife such as mischievous Asian otters, starfish, leopard tortoises, catfish and more. One of Cumbria’s most popular tourist attractions, the aquarium is situated in the village of Lakeside, on the south shore of Windermere, and you can even have fun getting there with links to the Windermere Lake Cruises and the historic Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

Lakes Aquarium
Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria
LA12 8AS
01539 530153
www.lakesaquarium.co.uk

Nice Weather for Ducks

Windermere is a bird spotter’s paradise, with more than a thousand water birds living on the lake throughout the year and almost twice as many in the winter. It’s true what they say about ducks loving the rain and the geese and swans aren’t especially perturbed by it either. Make the most of the wet weather - get togged up in wellies and waterproofs and take the little ones out to have fun feeding the ducks on the shores of Windermere.

Forces of Nature

Our local waterfalls are at their most dramatic following a heavy downpour and Rydal Falls is among our favourites. Discover a landscape eulogised by Wordsworth, explore the great poet’s historic home of Rydal Mount & Gardens, just a short walk from the falls and make sure you wear sturdy shoes as the ground can be slippery in all conditions. We can also recommend the popular Stock Ghyll Force and the lesser-known Skelwith Force, both at Ambleside.

Rydal Mount & Rydal Falls
Off the A591 north of Ambleside
www.rydalmount.co.uk

Cathedral Quarries

It’s easy to see why Cathedral Cave was featured in the recent Hollywood production of Snow White. With its 40ft ceiling, dramatic central pillar, rock pools, and roof openings, you half expect to meet a giant cave troll on the way in. It’s the main attraction of an abandoned slate quarry now managed by the National Trust and open to the public. There are many miles of tunnels to explore but tread carefully, heed the warning signs, and bring a torch!

Visit Cumbria and the National Trust have some good information about visiting, climbing, walking and exploring the local area.  

Indoor Attractions at Keswick

The attractive market town of Keswick boasts a number of shops, activities, and attractions for a rainy day. Located around 21 miles north of Windermere, the town has a climbing wall, a museum of optical illusions and a leisure centre for the kids, as well as a number of quaint Grade II listed inns, galleries and the largest distillery in England where Mum and Dad can have a tipple and enjoy a guided tour.

Enjoy Our Hotel Facilities

If our guests at Lindeth Howe don’t share our curious enthusiasm for the rain, many will decide to spend the day relaxing in our luxurious lounges and looking out over our 6 acres of gardens. The perfect place to spot the wonderful animals that reside in our gardens and pass through, from deer to pheasants, we can't promise you will see a cheeky rabbit in a blue jacket, but you never know!

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