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Wrynose Pass, Lake District

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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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  • Whenever I am in the area I make a point of driving the Wrynose and Hardknott passes. Both are challenging, but immensely enjoyable as long as you are a relatively experienced driver. And as well as t...  more »
  • If you could guarantee that you would be the only one on the road with nothing coming in the opposite direction you could relax a bit more. However, 4x4’s (who seem to own the road don’t you know) not...  more »
  • There are a number of things in life you must say you’ve done, and this is definitely one of them. The drive is not for the faint hearted and I would definitely not drive through if your car is past i...  more »
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  • Lovely drive, was a bit hairy in places but well worth it when you get to the top. The decision that's worth a good thought is whether to carry on down and through Hardknott Pass or turn around and come back down Wrynose Pass. Having said that the views leading up to Hardknott or just as amazing.
  • Beautiful place small roads to test your driving skills great views and scenery
  • Both Wrynose and hardknott are a piece of cake. Don't believe the hype. So long as you stay aware of the road conditions and what's going on around you it's easy and fun. Though I have to admit, I would hate to do it towing a trailer or at the night of tourist season as the roads are incredibly narrow and the hairpins are interesting to try and navigate your way around should you have traffic meeting you there. The views at both are spectacular and do have the strange ability to make you feel quite insignificant. Edit: NOT for the novice rider/driver and the gradients you will encounter are steeper in places than your imagination will allow you to perceive making hull starts hard on your clutch so try to avoid them.
  • Not for the faint hearted,this road is near too impossible to navigate ,be warnen & take extra care.
  • excellent drive
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