Hardknott Pass

Hardknott Pass :

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The foot of Hard Knott Pass in Eskdale

Hardknott Pass, and then Wrynose Pass in the Lake District, is a single track road right through the middle of the Lake District, and is very steep and twisting, but great fun.


Hard Knott Pass from the Roman Fort.

Hardknott Pass carries the minor motor road between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley. Wrynose Pass then continues, taking the road to the Langdale Valley, and on to Ambleside.


The Hardknott Pass vies with Rosedale Chimney in North Yorkshire for the title of steepest road in England, with both achieving a gradient of 1 in 3 (about 33%).


The road snakes its way up the Duddon Valley side of the pass.

Hard Knott Fort (known to the Romans as MEDIOBOGDUM) is near the Eskdale end of Hard Knott Pass The fort, one of the loneliest outposts of the Roman Empire, built between AD120 and AD138, is on a spectacular site overlooking the pass which forms part of the Roman road from Ravenglass to Ambleside and Brougham at Penrith.

Dashcam video of the climb from Eskdale to the top of Hardknott Pass:

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