If your planned walk in the Lake District has been rained off, or you are just looking for something fun for the family to do while your embark on a scenic walk in the area, this list of rainy day activities in the Lake District is just for you.
Indoor Climbing at Keswick Climbing Wall
Even it if it is raining outdoors, you can still get in a spot of outwards bound-style fun without getting wet. The Keswick Climbing Wall centre has a new indoor wall which is over eight meters tall with over 40 top rope climbs. If you’ve never climbed before you can take a one hour lesson which covers everything you need to know in order to get started on the wall and with prices starting from £15 a lesson it is something well worth investing in.
You can also try your hand at a spot of indoor archery at the Keswick Climbing Wall if the rain lasts all day, and with the centre open from 9am, seven day a week, it is a great option for rainy days in the Lake District.
To find out more, visit the website at http://www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk/
The Lakeland Climbing Centre is also worthy of a visit.
Head Underground at White Scar Cave, Ingleton
Just outside the Lake District National Park, near the village of Ingleton, lies the White Scar Cave, Britain’s longest show cave. While this isn’t extreme caving or potholing, it is one way to get in a bit of exercise and keep the troops entertained while it’s raining above ground.
Most of the route is fairly easy going but there are a couple of sections where it is necessary to bend low at the waist while walking in order to pass through two low-roof passages. Overall the route though White Scar Cave takes about 80 minutes and covers one mile.
For more details visit the White Scar Cave website.
Try your Hand at Open Water Swimming
If you’re already wet, why not get totally soaked and try some open water swimming? While it’s not recommended to try this rainy day activity during bad weather, if the morning rain has cancelled your days walking plans, you could try this Lake District adventure activity in the afternoon. If you are new to open water swimming, you could try joining up with a local club for some tips and guidance on where best to try this challenging pursuit.
When it comes to equipment, you will need more than just your regular swimming gear as unsurprisingly the cold water can affect the swimming alibies of even the most intrepid explorers. A regular wetsuit can be a good place to start but if you want to seriously get involved with open water swimming in the Lake District, then a swimming or triathlon wetsuit might yield better results.
To find out more, visit the open water swimming webpage.
Other indoor, but less active things to do in and around the Lake District include:
- Indoor karting at West Coat Karting
- The leisure pool at the Park Leisure Centre
- Indoor (and outdoor) kid’s activities at the Rheged Centre
- See the aquatic wildlife at the Lakes Aquarium
- Rufty Tuftys indoor kids play area
Hopefully these Lake District rainy day activities should keep you occupied while waiting for the rain to stop during your visit.