Bob Graham Round

Bob Graham Round

A challenging self-guided walking holiday traversing 42 of the Lake District's mighty fells.

6 to 7 nights
77 miles

From £710 per person

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About this route

Bob Graham was a fell runner who broke the record for climbing the greatest number of mountains in the Lake District within 24 hours. In 1932, he set a new record of 42 peaks. His route took in the most iconic mountains in the Lake District, including Skiddaw, Great Calva, Scafell Pike and 38 other amazing Lake District fells.

And can you walk the Bob Graham Round? Absolutely. Tackled over five or six days, our Bob Graham Round walking holiday offers a hearty challenge for experienced walkers. Though this route is not for the faint-hearted, the views from atop the many peaks serve as ample reward along the way.

© Contours Walking Holidays Bob Graham Round map
Circular trail beginning at Keswick
77 miles (124 km)
27th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Following in the footsteps of Bob Graham and marvelling at the dramatic Lake District scenery.

Tackling 42 fells, 74 miles and 29,100 feet of ascent; setting your own goals and taking pride in your journey.

The sense of achievement having successfully conquered this challenging Lake District walk.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
BGR1 A circular trail beginning at Keswick 6 nights, 5 days walking Strenuous£710
BGR2 A circular trail beginning at Keswick 7 nights, 6 days walking Strenuous£835

Bob Graham Round 6 nights, 5 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Solo walkers are normally not permitted to book this trail with us due to the high level of difficulty and remoteness of the landscape. Should you wish to book this trail as a solo walker, please call our office during opening hours and we can discuss your options.

Please note that due to the popularity of the Lake District as a holiday destination, accommodations in some towns have a two night minimum booking policy at weekends.

When planning your holiday dates we would advise to avoid arriving in Keswick and Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll on a Friday or Saturday night if possible.  If you are unable to avoid arriving on a Friday or Saturday night an additional supplement may be necessary, or alternatively, transfers to and from nearby accommodation may be provided.  Any transfers required are included in the holiday cost. You will be contacted if an additional supplement should arise for your booking. 


Travel to Keswick where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Keswick to Threlkeld(L). 13 miles (20.5km) / 5249 ft (1600 m) ascent

Day 2

Threlkeld(L) to Grasmere. 17 miles (27.5km) / 5906 ft (1800 m) ascent

Day 3

Grasmere to Wasdale Head. 20.5 miles (32.5km) / 7382 ft (2250 m) ascent

Day 4

Wasdale Head to Rosthwaite. 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 6234 ft (1900 m) ascent

Day 5

Rosthwaite to Keswick. 12 miles (19.5km) / 3445 ft (1050 m) ascent


Depart from Keswick after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
(please ring for prices)
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

Due to the high costs incurred by booking a Solo Traveller on this trail, we can only provide prices on application. Please contact us for further details.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The lively little market town of Keswick is an ideal choice for a rest day. It has plenty of interesting shops, a couple of award-winning museums and a lovely theatre by the lake. There are boat trips on Derwentwater, or you could walk to the mystical Castlerigg Stone Circle, the fine viewpoint of Friar's Crag or climb Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England. There are many of good walks from the town and it is possible to explore Borrowdale by taking a boat trip on the lake.

The lovely village of Grasmere is also a good choice for a rest day. You could visit Dove Cottage, the best-known home of William Wordsworth, the school where Wordsworth once taught, now home to Sarah Nelson's famous Gingerbread Shop and St. Oswald's church, the last resting place for the Wordsworth family.

If you fancy somewhere quieter, Rosthwaite offers many lovely walks in the hills around Borrowdale.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 77 miles (123.5 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20.5 miles (32.5 km)
Code: BGR1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 27th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Keswick
End of holiday: Keswick

Route Profile

Bob Graham Round Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Newcastle, Glasgow and Manchester.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to Keswick is at Penrith - North Lakes (about 18 miles away).

By Bus - Buses run between Penrith and Keswick.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Penrith. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Keswick.

Return To The Start - The Bob Graham Round is a circular tour beginning and ending in Keswick.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Derwentwater Round - Stile-Free
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Customer reviews from the Bob Graham Round

“Some excellent walking and scenery. Overall a most enjoyable holiday, we hope to do another of your walks soon. Thank you very much for your help before and during the holiday.”
Mr Johnson, UK
“An amazing experience! Gruelling yet very rewarding. Made so much better by the high standard of accommodation that Contours had booked for us as well as all the other arrangements like taxis and luggage transfers. My favourite part of the route was Day 4 (Wasdale to Rosthwaite) - stunning, dramatic scenery with Bob Graham Round runners passing by - an exhilarating day!”
Mr Ramsdale, UK
“Excellent accommodation and baggage transfer. Great scenery”
Mr Langford, UK
“The luggage transfers were flawless and the accommodation was superb. The maps provided with the highlighted routes were great. I love that you had gone to the trouble of highlighting alternative routes for bad weather and the river crossing. This was well thought out. Booking the holiday was easy and Vikki was great at keeping me informed about the booking and going to extra trouble to accommodate us during this particularly busy/difficult time.”
Mrs Salt, UK
"Final Approach to Keswick" by Dave Harris (2016) "Final Approach to Keswick" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Wasdale Head Inn" by Dave Harris (2016) "Wasdale Head Inn" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Wasdale Head Bridge" by Dave Harris (2016) "Wasdale Head Bridge" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Old Fence on Green Gable" by Dave Harris (2016) "Old Fence on Green Gable" by Dave Harris (2016)