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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.For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Eskdale holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Wrynose Pass and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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When my Mum said she dare not go up this pass I thought I would and send her the video! Exhilarating, steep in places- very steep, hairpin bends etc. A roller coaster! We went from Hardknott Pass the ... read more »
With 1 in 3 gradients and square bends on single track it's not for the novice driver. The challenge is well rewarded as there's hardly another road in the UK so breathtaking that I've driven on. Good... read more »
Amazing drive through, takes longer than you expect but the views are soo worth it. You do need good nerves as some of the passing places are rather tight.
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