A Tour of the Lake District

A Tour of the Lake District

A self-guided cycling holiday through the Lake District with different daily routes to choose from.

4 to 5 nights
120 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £500 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

This three- to five-day self-guided cycling holiday in the Lake District showcases the very best of this famous National Park, home to England's biggest mountains. The views out here are truly staggering, with deep valleys and glittering tarns.

The climbs can be intense, so our Tour of the Lake District allows you to choose between two routes each day.

Plunge through the heart of the region on our short mileage moderate route, or wind out further through Windermere and Bampton Grange, Hesket Newmarket and Bassenthwaite on the longer alternative. Don't worry, you don't need to commit to one over the other for the entirety of your holiday. Just check your tour pack each morning and pick out the best option for you, providing plenty of flexibility if you wake up unexpectedly aching or raring to go.

© Contours Walking Holidays A Tour of the Lake District map
120 miles (191 km)
1st April to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Challenging yourself with big climbs, winning expansive views across the famous fells and tarns of the Lake District.

Sweeping down absolutely blistering descents through mountain passes.

Rolling down into welcoming Cumbrian towns each afternoon for a delicious meal and a well-earned kip.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
C-TLD1 A circular trail beginning at Ambleside 4 nights, 3 days riding Demanding£500
C-TLD2 A circular trail beginning at Ambleside 5 nights, 4 days riding Moderate£620

A Tour of the Lake District 4 nights, 3 days riding

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Elevation & terrain
  • 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 you avoid arriving in Ambleside 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 Ambleside where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Ambleside to Hesket Newmarket. 56 miles (89.5km)

Day 2

Hesket Newmarket to Cleator(T). 59.5 miles (95km)

Day 3

Cleator(T) to Ambleside. 58.5 miles (93.5km)


Depart from Ambleside after breakfast

Your Itinerary

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 2.5 miles from the trail to your accommodation.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. 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:

Solo Traveller Supplement
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

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

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

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • 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

Because there is so much to see and experience within the Lake District, you may wish to consider adding in a couple of extra nights during your cycling holiday, in order to fully explore this fantastic corner of the UK and discover everything it has to offer.

As this circular route both begins and ends in Ambleside, you could add an extra night or two to the beginning or end of your cycling holiday and spend some time enjoying this fabulous tourist resort. Along with the wide range of shops and restaurants available, Ambleside also boasts plenty of historical landmarks to discover, including St Mary's Church, made with local 'blue' stone and complete with sandstone spire, and the Galava Roman Fort built to defend against invasions by the Picts and the Scots.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 119.5 miles (191 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days riding
Minimum daily distance: 56 miles (89.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 59.5 miles (95 km)
Code: C-TLD1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st April - 31st October
Start of holiday: Ambleside
End of holiday: Ambleside

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

A Tour of the Lake District Route Profile

Moderate Route

Distance: 191 km (119.5 miles)
Ascent: 4180 m
Highest Point: 465 m


Hard Route

Distance: 287 km (178 miles)
Ascent: 4720 m
Highest Point: 435 m


  • Main roads
  • Cycling lanes
  • Minor roads
  • Cycle paths

There are no off-road sections along this route, which follows quieter, well-laid roads where possible and should make for smooth, pleasant cycling. Main roads are occasionally used, so confidence in cycling near moving traffic is required.

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 airport is Manchester.

By Rail – The nearest railway station to the start/end of the route (Ambleside) is Windermere (about 4 miles away). A taxi that accommodate bikes is probably the best option to complete your journey.

From London – Trains run from London Euston station to Windermere.

Return to the Start – This is a circular route starting and ending in Ambleside.

Please note:

Most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check onhttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/cyclists.aspx as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

Most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board, so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

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.