Special England Lake District Tour

Guided By

Heather Ohly

Tour dates May 25-31, 2020


Run the Alps is making a pilgrimage in May, 2020 to the home of fell running: England's beautiful, rustic Lake District. Join us for this special trip!


25-31 May, 2020


7 days, 6 nights

Tour Category

Village based, inn-to-inn

Tour Challenge

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$3,200 per person, $400 single supplement

Whats included

Six nights in a variety of accommodations, including one spa hotel, one mountain inn and one family-run guest house. All breakfasts, trail snacks and dinners included, along with all transfers to and from trailheads, and transfers to and from Manchester Airport. You will receive supporting materials, including trip itinerary, by email, along with a copy of Run the Alps' Guide to Trail Running in the Alps, which will help you prepare for your trip.


We are excited to bring Run the Alps to the United Kingdom for a special tour of the Lake District this coming summer!

The Lake District is England’s home for mountain running, known locally as “fell running”. Over the course of many decades, fell runners have created a unique community of hardy mountain folks who take on races and challenges year-round… and drink some awfully good artisan craft beer when it’s time to rehydrate!

Fell runner and Run the Alps Guide, Heather Ohly, has designed this tour to showcase some of the best trail runs in the Lake District, including classic horseshoe routes, the highest mountain in England and a section of the infamous Bob Graham Round, a 66-mile circuit taking in 42 of the highest peaks in the Lake District within 24 hours.

To join this tour, you need to be able to enjoy long days in the mountains. As well as rocky trails, you will encounter rough ground, steep climbs and descents, and a few marshy bogs. There is always the possibility of wild weather, too. We don’t recommend this tour for fair weather runners who require groomed trails and warm sunshine!

If this sounds like the sort of challenge you want, then we can promise you a fantastic week of mountain running in one of the world’s great hotspots of our sport.

Most of the tour will be based in the picturesque mountain towns of Ambleside and Keswick, to enable us to explore the South and North Lakes and enjoy an array of restaurants and pubs when our runs are over. A midweek excursion will take us into the remote, wild valley of Wasdale, for a slice of mountaineering history and a night in a 19th century mountain inn.

We have planned each day to offer the best possible running experience. Don’t be fooled by the distances: They are full, high-quality mountain days. We don’t have cable cars or mountain trains like in the Alps, so it won’t always be possible to offer shorter route options. However, if you would like a day off to enjoy the tourist attractions or an easy jog around a lake, we can make that happen using local taxi services.

This special Run the Alps trip requires four guests for the trip to run. We expect to reach that number quickly, and anticipate this trip selling out with ten guests and two guides. Please contact us for the latest information.

(Top image photo credit: Steve Ashworth.)

Day 1

Arrive into Manchester Airport and meet other members of the group for a shared transfer to Ambleside of 2-3 hours. You’ll arrive mid-afternoon with time to relax before meeting Heather for an early evening briefing and dinner. Ambleside Salutation is a four-star spa hotel in the center of the village, surrounded by the mountains of the Lake District.

  • Ambleside Salutation
  • Dinner
Day 2

Happy runners ascending above the cloud inversion (photo: Steve Ashworth)

We’ll kick off our trail running with the Fairfield Horseshoe, a classic fell running route starting right from the steps of our hotel. We will be treated to panoramic views of the Central and Eastern Fells and Lake Windermere. It would be rude not to check out one of Ambleside’s excellent cafes on our return!

  • Ambleside Salutation
  • Breakfast, trail snacks, dinner
  • 18-22km, 1000-1250m
Day 3

This morning we will take a taxi over to Glenridding, near the shores of Ullswater Lake. From here we will run into the Helvellyn Range. This is a stunning part of the Lakes, managed by the famed John Muir Trust. We have plenty of options on this day, guaranteed to include rocky ridges and serene valleys.

  • Ambleside Salutation
  • Breakfast, trail snacks, dinner
  • 15-25km, 900-1300m
Day 4

Small trails and wide vistas high above Langdale (photo: Shane Ohly)

Today is an exciting day, which starts in Langdale and ascends the highest peak in England, Scafell Pike (978m), before descending into the remote Wasdale valley. We’ll enjoy spectacular scenery as we stay in an authentic mountain inn dating from 1856. This end-of-the-valley inn is full of character and we are sure you will love it!

  • Wasdale Head Inn
  • Breakfast, trail snacks, dinner
  • 20km, 1100m
Day 5

A hearty breakfast will set us up for the steep climb out of Wasdale as we tackle Leg 4 of the Bob Graham Round. This will be a tough day as we tick off 11 rugged summits. A taxi will collect us from Honister Pass and deliver us to our cozy guest house in Keswick.

  • Sunnyside Guest House
  • Breakfast, trail snacks, dinner
  • 18km, 1500m
Day 6

Catbells with views to Derwentwater and Keswick below (photo: Steve Ashworth)

Our final day of fell running will be in the Northwest corner of the Lake District, as we run Newlands Horseshoe, another classic route with incredible views over Derwentwater. We will also be able to marvel, as we take in the route we ran the prior day! We’ll enjoy a celebratory meal together in Keswick as we bring our special Lake District tour to a close.

  • Sunnyside Guest House
  • Breakfast, trail snacks, dinner
  • 17km, 1000m
Day 7

After one last English breakfast, we will travel back to Manchester Airport via a shared group shuttle. You’ll have plenty of great memories to take with you!

  • Breakfast

The closest airport is Manchester, UK. Run the Alps will arrange for a shared shuttle from Manchester Airport to Ambleside, a 2-3 hour journey. Please plan to arrive no later than 2 pm.


Plan your departure flight from Manchester for late afternoon of the last day of the tour. If you need to stay an extra day at the Manchester Airport, Run the Alps can provide booking suggestions.

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Additional Information

Question-and-Answer with Lake District Guide Heather Ohly 

Read our blog: Trail Run England’s Lake District in 2020

Watch: Salomon Running TV, “Of Fells and Hills.”