Trip Planner: Europe / UK / England / Cumbria / Lake District / Eskdale / Scenic Drive / Wrynose Pass
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.For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Great Langdale holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Wrynose Pass and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Create an itinerary including Wrynose Pass
(Great Langdale is the nearest city to Wrynose Pass)
Unable to display map at this time. Please try again later.
Plans in Eskdale by other users
4 days in Lake District BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Eskdale BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Eskdale BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Eskdale BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, kids, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Eskdale BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United Kingdom & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 17 days in England BY A USER FROM ITALY July, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
Plan your trip to Eskdale
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Related Tours to Book
Where to stay in Great Langdale
Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
Millions of travel reviews
The craziest roads I have ever been on, but worth the views & time. Make sure you are not in a hurry ~ everyone is very courteous too. more »
You drive this road back to back with the Hardknott pass. A great drive, especially if the roads are quiet. Be aware that the road gets very narrow and corners tight and steep - part of the magic! Pas... more »
On a par with Hardknott Pass, but not quite as scary in terms of the gradients. The scenery is stunning esp. on sunny day. more »
Are you the owner of this business?Click here for promotion tips.