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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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  • I would highly recommend taking the drive over Hardknott Pass. The views are amazing and the drive is an experience in itself! It is a steep single track with severe bends. I was not the driver so I p...  read more »
  • The very steep and narrow road, with hairpin bends, was a challenge, especially on a day such as we experienced, with heavy rain and hail. Although the weather limited visibility, every now and then w...  read more »
  • Went over Hardknott Pass in late September, its was a lovely sunny day and the views were wonderful at the top. Was a clear day and the Isle of Man was clear to see. Only passed two cars, it pays to k...  read more »
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