Hardknott Pass

Cumbria CA19, UK, United Kingdom

The Hardknott Pass is a col with a length of 2.2 kilometer. This is a category 2 col. It is located in Cumbria CA19, UK, England, United Kingdom. The average grade of this col is 13.2% with a maximum of 22.6%. The Hardknott Pass ascents from 105 meter at the start, to 403 meter at the top, with a total of 298 ascending meters.


Hardknott Pass Profile


Distance 2.2 km
Elevation gain 298 m
Average grade 13.2 %
Maximum grade 22.6 %
Climb category 2
Minimum elevation 105 m
Maximum elevation 403 m

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Hardknott Pass is a hill pass between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley in the Lake District, England. The tarmac-surfaced road, which is the most direct route from the central Lake District to West Cumbria, shares the title of steepest road in England with Rosedale Chimney Bank in North Yorkshire. It has a maximum gradient of about 33%.

The pass is described as one of the most challenging roads in Britain. A series of hairpin bends make visibility difficult in various places. The challenging 33% gradients make the route popular with cyclists. The road over the pass was built by the Romans around AD 110 to link the coastal fort and baths at Ravenglass with their garrisons at Ambleside and Kendal. The Romans called this road the Tenth Highway.