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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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  • We fully enjoyed the stunning views never seen in Japan and Hardknott Roman Fort. But the driver distracted by right side cliff, our car rode left side stones, and the rear tire was punctured !!! Fort...  more »
  • First of all a warning not to attempt this if you are not an experienced,confident and brave driver!!!!! Having done the Honnister pass, I wanted to take on the Hardknott & Wrynose Pass, but it was al...  more »
  • We went out for a drive and as my partner has never been over the pass I thought I would treat her to a nice drive over the top of Rhinos and Hardknotts she loved the views but was very apprehensive a...  more »
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