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Hard Knott pass

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Location type: Mountain
Location address: United Kingdom, Copeland, Eskdale
Number of texts: 4
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Made by | Reference BigglesBear | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

Hardknott Pass is a pass that carries a minor road between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley in the region of Cumbria, England, in the Lake District National Park. The road approaching the pass vies with Rosedale Chimney Bank in North Yorkshire for the title of steepest road in England with both having a gradient of almost 20 degrees.

Linked characteristics: Did you know..., Peculiar, Spectacular, Sportive
Linked themes: Top things to do, Climbs & cols for cyclists

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Ascent of Hardknott Pass . Maximum gradient is about 30%, it claims to be the steepest hill in England. The many hairpin bends on Hard Knott Pass will have you breaking out in a cold sweat. Built by the Romans in the 2nd century, it shares the title of England’s steepest driveable road with Chimney Bank in North Yorkshire. Both have a maximum grade of 33%. The road runs from Eskdale and the Duddon Valley in the Lake District with an average gradient of 13%, but the section approaching the pass reaches 33%. It is so treacherous in the winter that it is closed for several months. Chimney Bank is another seriously steep hill. It has an average grade of 11.9% and is often included in the Tour of Britain cycle race. The ascent is 1.47 km long and the maximum slope is 33%.

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Made by Henk Dekker | © All rights reserved
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The first pass, the Hardknott pass, was the steepest one we ever saw: 30%. To cycle it was therefore not possible.

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