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"Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass" Lake District National Park Things to Do Tip by eddilowe

Lake District National Park Things to Do: 242 reviews and 490 photos

  Hardknott and Wrynose Passes
by eddilowe
  • Hardknott and Wrynose Passes - Lake District National Park
      Hardknott and Wrynose Passes
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  • Heed the warning signs - Lake District National Park
      Heed the warning signs
    by eddilowe

My favourites of all the mountain passes in the Lakes.

An article on the Keysound website gives a great blow by blow account of the whole journey by motorbike and there are also good clear directions on here.

WARNING: As I mentioned in my Intro page for the Lake District National Park, make sure your vehicle and nerves are up to the job as the road gets VERY steep in places. It twists and turns, goes up and down. It's utterly fantastic. At it's highest it reaches 1291 feet. It's a bit of a challenging drive but the views are more than rewarding. An everyday car is fine, you don't need some hulking great 4x4 to do these passes but this is no place for bald tyres or dodgy brakes!

Remember the rule, people coming uphill have right of way over people coming downhill. If you see someone coming uphill even a bit of a way off, if you are going downhill and have somewhere by you that you can safely pull over and wait until they have passed it is the most polite and safest thing you should do as these are mainly single track roads.

There is a Roman Fort just off the Hardknott Pass which is signposted.

More information can be found on Cumbria Directory Wrynose and Cumbria Directory Hardknott

Directions: From the East, take A593 from Ambleside, towards Coniston, through Skelwith Bridge. Take a right turn towwards Little Langdale. Wrynose Pass is first this way and then Hardknott.

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  • Updated Jan 3, 2013
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