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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 tarmacked highway, 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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  • Travelled Hardknott Pass two days ago and were still talking about the experience. Luckily it was a beautiful day, dry under foot and tarmac which is an advantage. When you come over the hillside and ...  more »
  • Whenever we are in this area I will always drive the Hardknott and Wrynose passes. I choose to do so because I enjoy driving on mountain roads. Having read many of the other reviews in which other peo...  more »
  • Whilst staying in Boot we decided to tackle Hardknott on foot as the road was closed to vehicles. Have to admit it was hard going due to heavy winds and -20 windchill bit was so worth it. The views at...  more »
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