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Hardknott Pass, Eskdale

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Hardknott Pass is a hill pass that carries a minor road between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England. The road, which is the most direct route from the central Lake District to West Cumbria, shares the title of steepest road in England (the other is Rosedale Chimney Bank in North Yorkshire). It has a maximum gradient of 1 in 3 (about 33%).EtymologyThe pass takes its name from Hard Knott which is derived from the Old Norse harthr (hard) and knutr (craggy hill).GeographyA single track road highway runs between Eskdale in the west to the edge of the neighbouring Wrynose Pass in the east. On the western side is Harter Fell and the remains of Hardknott Roman Fort (200m above sea level).The Hardknott Pass stands at a maximum elevation of 393m. The Isle of Man in the Irish Sea can be seen on clear days. The road descends steeply at a gradient of 30% (1 in 3) into the Duddon Valley. At the eastern end of the pass is Cockley Beck farmhouse, it was built in the 1860s and currently owned by the National Trust. The route from Hardknott leads eastward towards the Wrynose Pass and Ambleside.
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  • Loved the views Loved the excitement Few roads in England bring such breathtaking experiences as driving up the hardknott pass. Your clutch and brakes will be floored. 
  • Wow this a must whilst in cumbria. Not sure I would recommend it in the snow. Had a few moments when the car was sliding down the hills in the snow. Excellent views and wicked twisty. Switchback bends...  more »
  • Very frightening drive from Keswick to Wasdale. I am a confident driver but rally driver skills were needed here. I cried so much, screamed and whimpered all the way. My sat nav took me this route by ...  more »