Lake District Circular Walks

Lake District Circular Walks

A collection of circular walking holidays visiting the lakes and mountains of the Lake District National Park.

3 to 13 nights
12-77 miles
Easy / Moderate to Easy

From £350 per person

About the trail

The Lake District – a UNESCO World Heritage site – is England's only true mountain region and contains some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. It is an enchanting mix of rugged mountains, deep valleys, shimmering lakes, powerful waterfalls and attractive stone-built villages.

Our selection of circular walking trails in the Lake District National Park provide an enticing mixture of scenery, terrain and challenge. Our short breaks offer a unique snapshot of the region's finest scenes, while veteran hikers can test their endurance on the epic Bob Graham Round. Whether you are looking for fabulous views, picturesque settlements, insightful history or literary inspiration, each of these walks offers something different, and are ideal for an active but tranquil retreat into the Great British countryside.

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Customer reviews from the Lake District Circular Walks

“A combination of good organisation and good weather = perfect!”
Mr Sanders, France
“Our holiday was wonderful. While we found it challenging at times, probably due to our respective ages (58 and 61), it was doable and we were rewarded with some stunning scenery. Trekking in the UK is not like it is in Canada; at home, we have some beautiful trails and a variety of places to go hiking, but we do not have the culture of climbing stiles, slipping through kissing gates and traipsing through farmers' fields and pastures. We only returned home from the UK earlier this week, and we have already started looking online at options for our next walking holiday.”
Ms Seton, Canada
“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
“Stunning scenery and lovely accommodation. We would never book with anyone else now!!”
Mrs Ellington, UK
“On two of the three days, we had clear blue skies with unbelievable heat. It was the best weather (apart from the intensity of the heat) that we have ever experienced in the Lake District! We already have next year's walk booked.”
Dr Maltby, UK
“Overall it went very well. Good job Contours! Overall, the accommodation was very good for a walking holiday with a dog in tow. All of the places were warm and everyone was helpful and considerate, very important after a strenuous walking day. No problems anywhere having the dog with us. We enjoyed much of the walk, especially the fantastic views The Lakes have to offer.”
Mr Young, UK
“This was wonderful.”
Mr Lawshe, USA
“It was a beautiful walk, and we were very fortunate with the weather. The accommodation was all well chosen and we enjoyed each place we got to.”
Mr Mawdsley, UK
“Very hospitable and comfortable accommodation. Excellent choice of route. Clear instructions.”
Mr Borin, UK
"Final Approach to Keswick" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Slater Bridge in Little Langdale" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"View of Lake Windermere" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Heading Up Great Gable" by Sheila Maltby (2020)
"Derwentwater from Nichol End" by Desmond Maltby (2021)
"Wasdale Head Inn" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Leaving Wastwater" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"Between Grasmere and Great Langdale" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Spotlight on Wasdale Head" by Desmond Maltby (2020)
"Buttermere from Fleetwith Pike" by Desmond Maltby (2021)
"Wasdale Head Bridge" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Eskdale Valley" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"Between Langdale and Coniston" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Old Packhorse Bridge in Borrowdale" by Desmond Maltby (2020)
"Pillar and Haystacks from Fleetwith Pike" by Desmond Maltby (2021)
"Old Fence on Green Gable" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Between Buttermere and Keswick" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"River Stock Ghyll in Ambleside" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Grains Gill" by Sheila Maltby (2020)
"Between Buttermere and the Newlands Valley" by Sheila Maltby (2021)
"Between Boot and Buttermere" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"Hiking Down to Borrowdale" by Victoria Seton (2019)
"Packhorse Bridge" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Approaching the Newlands Valley" by Desmond Maltby (2021)
"Between Windermere and Ambleside" by Stephanie Gordon (2019)
"Approaching Buttermere" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"River near Borrowdale" by Victoria Seton (2019)
"Honister Slate Quarry" by Desmond Maltby (2021)
"Sunset over Hawkshead" by Stephanie Gordon (2019)
"Fleetwith Pike from Buttermere" by Desmond Maltby (2021)
"Fleetwith Pike" by Paul Sanders (2018)
"Great Langdale" by Stephanie Gordon (2019)
"Tarn Hows Cottage" by Stephanie Gordon (2019)
"Between Grasmere and Dungeon Ghyll" by Stephanie Gordon (2019)
"On the Way up Great Langdale" by Debby Allen (2018)
"At the Head of Little Langdale" by Debby Allen (2018)
"Climb out of Grasmere" by Debby Allen (2018)