Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Cumbria  /  Lake District  /  Eskdale  /  Miscellaneous  /  Hardknott Pass
Hardknott Pass, Eskdale
(4.6/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
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.
Put Hardknott Pass into our Eskdale tour planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Source
map
Create a full Eskdale itinerary

Plan your trip to Eskdale

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Lake District by other users

60 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in London, Windermere & Reykjavik BY A USER FROM HONG KONG April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Northern England BY A USER FROM LATVIA March, teens, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Cumbria BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM DENMARK April, culture, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Keswick BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 24 days in England BY A USER FROM INDIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Lake District BY A USER FROM KENYA June, culture, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • We did this drive in our new car to test it out. Much better than the old one. Try and go midweek so there is less traffic and the need to pull over especially on the hairpin bends. I wouldn't suggest...  more »
  • I made the mistake of following my sat nav (Garmin I hate you) on my way to Blea Tarn and took this from the East, I saw the warning signs and thought it couldn't be any worse than Porlock Hill ...a d...  more »