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Lake District National Park, Eskdale, England
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All reviews hairpin bends single track roman fort confident driver lake district amazing views challenging drive cows and sheep amazing road steep incline warning signs lovely sunny day up hill love driving vehicles coming enjoy the scenery bad weather
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We drove over Hardknott on a perfect sunny day, with little traffic about. Stunning views all around. Its very tight - single track with passing places and very steep - up and down. We didn't meet another car - it would be considerably more complicated...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank DiarmuidM10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came over the pass at night on our way to Boot. In places it’s has gradients of 1/3 and 180 degree bends on a single track road and sheer drops. Worse when you come to a rise and can’t see the road ahead or which...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Roz_Lancashire
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This rd consists of two passes , the first is a steep one but the second going towards the Roman fort is wow, views are very good indeed,when it says hair pin, it means it. In places you cannot see the end of bend as...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank psw2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our sat nav took us over the this pass yesterday, yes the views are stunning if you are safetly on foot! I have never been so scared on a road in all my life. One family had pulled over to let someone pass and had...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Janet B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not for the nervous or inconsiderate driver Amazing views on the way up and down - and up and down again 🤪 Read the road well ahead and use the passing places - give priority to cars going uphill - you’ll be fine 👍👍👍

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jim19632015
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Best tackled out of the peak season when the roads are quieter and probably best not attempted if you're not a confident driver. Small cars are probably easier to drive around the tighter switchbacks (it's harder to judge the edges of the bends in a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DrPeterDRobinson
Reviewed February 21, 2019 via mobile

I love driving over here in winter without the queues of traffic. Summer can be laborious but the views and scenery is stunning. Definitely the best way to cross the lakes

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Darren99999
Reviewed February 14, 2019 via mobile

Fun, scary in places but well worth it. If you like driving you’ll love this road. Go out of season to enjoy the scenery without having to pull over every two minutes and find a stop to let someone pass. Single track road with little...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 143henryw
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

Full on, hard work. Weather can change dramatically. Good parking nearby. Lovely views. Friendly people. Be prepared

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank geoffe322
Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved driving over the pass today, even though I got a bit nervous about snow up the top! It’s definitely not a road for the faint hearted but if you enjoy these kind of roads it’s a must! Regarding the previous comment about campaigning...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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azuki c
September 2, 2018|
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Response from neil6534 | Reviewed this property |
If you are going to do the passes don't forget about Honister pass, plus Kirkstone pass via a road called "The Struggle".
April 28, 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