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Lake District National Park, Eskdale, England
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 December 2014

we came over the pass my mistake while heading to our campsite and I gotta confess will not rush at doing it again (I was ok but wife was a nervous wreck).

4  Thank G4VEN
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 December 2014

I've been on some pretty hairy roads abroad but the Hardknott Pass in Cumbria beats them all. Sat navs see it as the fastest route across the Eskdale Valley because it has no speed limits and cuts through rather than going around... but my advice...More

30  Thank VickiH527
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All reviews hairpin bends lake district single track roman fort confident driver amazing views take your time stunning drive cows and sheep narrow road lovely sunny day road users amazing road helter skelter bad weather most places real challenge
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We fully enjoyed the stunning views never seen in Japan and Hardknott Roman Fort. But the driver distracted by right side cliff, our car rode left side stones, and the rear tire was punctured !!! Fortunately, our rental car was equipped with a spare tire....More

Thank azuki c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First of all a warning not to attempt this if you are not an experienced,confident and brave driver!!!!! Having done the Honnister pass, I wanted to take on the Hardknott & Wrynose Pass, but it was also my sons 13th Birthday. All started well gradually...More

Thank Charlie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went out for a drive and as my partner has never been over the pass I thought I would treat her to a nice drive over the top of Rhinos and Hardknotts she loved the views but was very apprehensive at the drive with...More

Thank TheMechanic54
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Stunning views, trickling streams, acres upon acres of wildlife. Just serene! Beware those crafty hills - ups and downs, u-bends and drops! Gives your stomach muscles a workout for sure from clenching! Worth a pass across even if it’s just the once!

Thank Little_Miss_Hoggle
Reviewed 8 October 2018

This is a mountain pass, that is , literally built to pass between mountains, so you can expect steep climbs and descents, hairpin bends, road edges that have rocks on one side and go down on the other - all this on a road that...More

Thank Jeni S
Reviewed 3 October 2018

although wet a great place to ride a motorbike with fantastic views across the lake district, great hotels and quaint villages along the shores of the lakes

Thank RogerSoftail
Reviewed 2 October 2018

When touring on motorcycles we purposely seek out mountain passes and found this one on the map but should have known from experience by the type of road it was showing. However, doing it on a GTR 1400 Kawasaki with a pillion it was a...More

Thank Tom W
Reviewed 22 September 2018

To those accustomed to driving in rural Lincolnshire this presents unknown challenges, hills and sharp twists. Also, unlike Lincolnshire, there are few potholes. It's a road, there's not much more you can say about a strip of asphalt, my passenger kept remarking about the views...More

1  Thank Joseph P
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

The views were terrific. The road was equally thrilling and scary! Not for the faint hearted driver (or passenger) however the views were worth it

Thank asw94
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

My partner decided this was the shorter route home - I was terrified !!! It is spectacular scenery - I am sure the sheep were laughing at me !!! Not for a novice driver but worth it if you enjoy a scare !!! We stopped...More

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azuki c
3 September 2018|
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Response from johnicester | Reviewed this property |
1. i would say 6-8 steep turns 2. SLOWLY 3.I don't think there is any cell signal at all ! there are many travelers on this road,you are never really alone here. 4.i did it... and never drove in England before
29 April 2018|
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Response from Linda-Donnelly | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sarah, in my opinion both options are a nightmare. Cars are always coming in both directions and passing can be a challenge. Probably best if you can get there earlier as I would expect less traffic would be around then... More