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Lake District Circular Walks

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

4 to 7 nights
25-77 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £390 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 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

“It was an excellent introduction to the area (neither of us had been before). Great walking, just challenging enough!”
Mrs Hansen, UK
“Absolutely beautiful country to explore.”
Mrs Chapman, Australia
“Absolutely wonderful hikes and outstanding response by Christine Saul when my husband had knee problems. She arranged our continuation of our Lake District trip.”
Ms Vaughn, USA
“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
“Everything went very smoothly. The accommodations were all very good and my suitcase was transferred without fail each day. The walking directions were good. I even cheated and took a bus on the rainiest day, so I appreciated that option as well. I really enjoyed the trip!”
Mr Ganzer, USA
“We absolutely loved it and felt taken care of every day.”
Mrs Slob, Netherlands
“Likewise, my companions and I (6 of us walked together) enjoyed our Contours Lakes District walk. The route and area where we walked are beautiful”
Ms Ames, 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
“The countryside was beautiful.”
Ms Ames, USA
"View of Lake Windermere" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Hiking Down to Borrowdale" by Victoria Seton (2019)
"Slater Bridge in Little Langdale" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"Final Approach to Keswick" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Between Grasmere and Great Langdale" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Wasdale Head Inn" by Dave Harris (2016)
"River near Borrowdale" by Victoria Seton (2019)
"Leaving Wastwater" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"Between Langdale and Coniston" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Wasdale Head Bridge" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Eskdale Valley" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"River Stock Ghyll in Ambleside" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Between Buttermere and Keswick" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"Old Fence on Green Gable" by Dave Harris (2016)
"Packhorse Bridge" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Between Boot and Buttermere" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"Approaching Buttermere" by Jackie Mersich (2019)
"Between Windermere and Ambleside" by Stephanie Gordon (2019)
"Sunset over Hawkshead" by Stephanie Gordon (2019)
"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)
"Fleetwith Pike" by Paul Sanders (2018)