Lakeland Run

Lakeland Run

An 84-mile circuit of the incredible landscapes of the Lake District National Park, starting and ending in Ravenglass.

4 to 7 nights
85 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £475 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

Drawing inspiration from our Lakeland Round walking holiday, we have devised this Contours-exclusive trail running route to enable you to take in everything the Lake District National Park has to offer the discerning off-road runner.

This route remains reasonably low-level – or as low-level as a Lake District route can be! It darts through valleys, bounds over mountain passes, dashes across moors and skirts around the feet of such imposing fells as Scafell Pike and the Old Man of Coniston, offering truly inspiring views throughout.

This is a magnificent running route with plenty of terrain changes and undulations to test your endurance, while also passing through plenty of welcoming towns and villages to keep you powering on.

© Contours Walking Holidays Lakeland Run map
Circular Run beginning at Ravenglass
85 miles (135 km)
27th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Enjoying the unique sense of challenge and freedom as you run at your own pace across a diverse range of breath-taking landscapes.

Jogging along the tranquil banks of many of the National Park’s iconic lakes, including Wastwater, Derwentwater and Ullswater.

Visiting the settlements of Rosthwaite, Keswick, Grasmere and many more of the Lake District’s famous towns and villages.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-LR1 A circular trail beginning at Ravenglass 4 nights, 3 days running Demanding£475
R-LR2 A circular trail beginning at Ravenglass 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate£585
R-LR3 A circular trail beginning at Ravenglass 7 nights, 6 days running Easy / Moderate£815

Lakeland Run 4 nights, 3 days running

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

Important information

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, Coniston 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 Ravenglass where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Ravenglass to Keswick. 29 miles (46.5km) / 3281 ft (1000 m) ascent

Day 2

Keswick to Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll. 24 miles (38.5km) / 5354 ft (1632 m) ascent

Day 3

Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll to Ravenglass. 31 miles (49.5km) / 4259 ft (1298 m) ascent


Depart from Ravenglass 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
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll)
Price on request

What's included?

  • 4 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

Whether you use an extra night to explore the sights and sounds of the Lake District, or to simply rest your weary legs, an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday.

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/runs from the town and it is possible to explore Borrowdale by taking a boat trip on the lake.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 84.5 miles (135 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 24 miles (38.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 31 miles (49.5 km)
Code: R-LR1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 27th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Ravenglass
End of holiday: Ravenglass

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 Manchester, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at Ravenglass.

By Bus - Unfortunately no bus services run to or from Ravenglass.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Ravenglass.

Return To The Start - The Lakeland Run is a circular tour beginning and ending in Ravenglass.

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.