Wrynose Pass

Wrynose Pass, which is a mountain pass between the Duddon Valley and Little Langdale in the Lake District, is a single track road with gradients up to 1 in 3, which makes it one of the steepest roads in England. This road continues over Hardknott Pass and goes on to Eskdale.

This pass also separates the Furness Fells from the Bowfell-Crinkle Crags massif. At the summit of Wrynose Pass is the Three Shire Stone, this marks the meeting point of the historic counties of Cumberland, Lancashire and Westmorland.

Apparently, the unusual name of Wrynose is derived from “pass of the stallion” as a well muscled horse was required to reach the top of this pass. The Wrynose Pass road forms part of the old Roman road named the Tenth Highway, which served the troops who were stationed at the Hardknott Roman Fort.

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