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Wrynose Pass, Eskdale

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The Wrynose Pass is a mountain pass in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England between the Duddon Valley and Little Langdale.EtymologyThe unusual name of the pass is taken from that of the adjacent Wrynose hill, also called Wrynose Fell. The name was recorded in 12th century documents as "Wrenhalse" and in the 16th century as "Wrenosse Hill". It is thought, based on a suggestion by Eilert Ekwall, to mean "stallion's ridge", being formed on the Old Norse words (v)reini ("stallion", probably here used as a byname for an individual), and hala. It is one of a number of place names of Scandinavian origin in the area. Although most academic sources characterise "Vreini" in this context as a personal name, it has also been explained as suggesting "the horse power needed to climb it". Other suggested origins are from Old Norse ravn hals, "pass of the raven", and wreye nes, the "twisted headland". Over the years, the name has been altered to the form "Wrynose" through folk etymology, though it is still locally pronounced "Wreynuss", much like its older form.RoadThere is a single-track motor road over the pass with gradients up to 1 in 4. The pass reaches an altitude of 393m or 1,281 feet. The road continues over Hardknott Pass, whose 1 in 3 gradient is the steepest road in England, and goes on to Eskdale.The pass separates the Furness Fells from the Bowfell-Crinkle Crags massif.
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  • Amazing countryside views walks driving and sheep. Back of beyond and quiet at this time out of main holiday season. A real treat to visit and experience. Gods country. 
  • Was disappointed we couldn't complete this pass due to the road being to snowing and slippery had to help another car out as they had hot stuck. But it's an excuse to regurn in better weather to try a...  more »
  • If you want to go from Ambleside to Wastwater this is the shortest route. Beware some of its is very steep especially the hairpins. Some stretches are quite thin too. It's doable on a bicycle if you'r...  more »