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“Scariest drive of my life!”
Review of Hardknott Pass

Hardknott Pass
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Eskdale
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are staying in Grasmere and wanted to visit the western fells particularly to take a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway so we followed the sat nav out of Grasmere which took us eventually to Hardknott and Wrynose Pass. The lower part of the journey was challenging enough so suffice to say that when we got to the 'real climb' I can only describe it as the most difficult and most scariest drive ever! I had opted to drive that day and at 65 I consider myself an experienced driver but I had to concentrate very hard whilst negotiating very steep hairpin bends whilst my poor husband gripped his seat and (commendably) said very little. We consider ourselves lucky not to have met another car coming in the opposite direction on the steepest parts. The views of course are breathtaking but my advice is to not take your eyes off the task in hand as a momentary lack in concentration could result in danger. Of course when we got down to the lower ground, the feeling of exhilaration at having driven the steepest climb in England completely overrode the butt clenching moments of earlier. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Thank Monica R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

UNFORGETTABLE !

VERY intense drive ...not for the squeamish ...good vehicle required.
Take a few hours, drive through the whole thing.
take lots of photos...recommended on a clear day all is lost in rain/fog...be advised.

part of UK most don't see or even realize is there

Thank johnicester
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing road, great views, tackled from West to East, including Wrynose Pass. Very steep in parts, particularly on the hairpins in the early stage of the climb. Don't forget Hardknott Fort on the way up! Tackled the drive in a Mercedes C200 Sport (do not use sport mode) car coped well, use M1 gear on the way down, only needed to use brakes occasionally, advice, if picking up speed, come to a complete stop, before continuing. Limited parking on the drive, laybys need to be kept clear.

1  Thank Neil H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing Road not for the faint Hearted. This road twists and wines up and down hill with blind Peaks.
Has amazing views some really lovely countryside. If you decide to drive it please do take care

Thank taz112m
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great drive the views are spectacular and so is the road very steep and twisty care needs to be taken do not try to rush it Unless you intend to go walking special footwear is not required

Thank Peter H
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