Wrynose Pass

Wrynose Pass

Location : Little Langdale

Grid Ref : NY 277028

Start of Wrynose Pass in Little Langdale. Photo by Tony Richards.

The Wrynose Pass is a mountain pass between the Duddon Valley and Little Langdale. There is a single-track motor road over the pass, which is one of the steepest roads in England, with gradients up to 1 in 3. The road continues over Hardknott Pass and on into Eskdale.


At the top of the Wrynose Pass is the Three Shire Stone, marking the meeting point of the historic counties of Cumberland, Lancashire and Westmorland.



At the bottom of Wrynose is Fell Foot Farm, a 17th century, Grade II listed National Trust property with a fascinating history and a tradition for hospitality that dates back centuries.


Wrynose is part of the old Roman road named the 10th iter. It served the troops stationed at Hardknott Fort. Bits of the old road remain running alongside the present one.


The unusual name, Wrynose, comes from ‘pass of the stallion’ and referred to the fact that the steep gradients (up to 1 in 3) needed a well-muscled horse to attain the top.


Starting the descent of Wrynose Pass towards Cockley Beck. In the distance (centre) is Hardknott Pass. From “Allan’s Cycling Stuff”

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