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Hardknott Pass

Lake District National Park, Eskdale, England
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Lake District National Park, Eskdale, England
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"hairpin bends"
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"single track"
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"roman fort"
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"lake district"
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"confident driver"
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"take your time"
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"amazing views"
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"warning signs"
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"narrow road"
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"challenging drive"
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"oncoming traffic"
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"lovely sunny day"
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"road users"
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"bad weather"
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"helter skelter"
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"stunning drive"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was on a bike tour around England, Wales and Scotland on a Rocket 3. It is always fun to ride the Hardknott pass due to the scenery. The road is not in the best condition but this is to be expected. We were lucky...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have driven over Hardknott numerous times and never once in a four wheel drive vehicle. It is a tarmac road and usually shut in winter when a 4x4 would be useful if it had winter tires. What you do need are good brakes and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

HardKnott and Wrynose passes are a drive that cannot be effectively portrayed in pictures and cannot be adequately described in words. They just cannot substitute for the real thing. It is a hard/challenging drive, for the driver, any passengers and the vehicle. It is NOT...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very steep , narrow and sinuous road allowing access from Langdale to Eskdale. Usually it is the other drivers that cause trouble, especially 1st timers.

Thank hem0116
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The views are breathtaking over the pass. However the road is very steep and bendy in places. We encountered many potholes which made the journey quite hazardous as these have to be avoided whilst an eye on the twists and bends in the road. We...More

Thank Frances D
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

This drive was a real challenge particularly when you are behind someone doing 2 miles an hour. The road is very tricky and there was not much room to pass vehicles which had pulled over to take photos or oncoming vehicles. My wife was frightened...More

1  Thank shane s
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

This was a dual purpose visit, firstly to visit the remains of the Roman Fort, I wanted to fly my drone and get some good aerial shots. It’s amazing that hundreds of years ago a fort was built in such a remote location, your mind...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Travelled from Eskdale over Hardknott down into Wrynose Bottom. A narrow road with very steep blind summits. Front wheel drive car got a bit spinny at times. Wrynose section especially narrow with a few passing places and oncoming idiots. The views are staggering bu5 not...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

There are sections of this road that are really difficult - 30% gradient, narrow and hairpin bends. You need a bit of experience to get over this. Wrynose Pass isn’t easy and then you can take a break in the stunning valley before Hardknott Pass....More

Thank DdB854
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We only drove part of the way up this road to see the Roman fort. We have a 4 x4 and thought the road would be a breeze. It would have been if it wasnt for the other idiot drivers not thinking ahead and driving...More

Thank Claire D
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tentgirl
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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
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