West Lake District Circular Drive – Coast, Countryside and Coniston – Part 2

Hi,

Carrying on from part 1. From Wast Water we drove to Santon Bridge, then turned East towards the village of Boot in Eskdale and on to the Hardknott Pass. This has reputedly the steepest stretch of road in England at a 30% gradient, and has a fearsome reputation among masochistic cyclists. We make no apologies for letting the pictures tell the story, even they don’t do the wonderful views justice. Go to the Lake District and see them for yourself, if the weather co-operates it is a beautiful area to visit. Go in June for the longer days, we know, change the nagging record.

The drive to Hardknott along Eskdale is scenic too.

SAM_3243 SAM_3251 The red triangular sign in the distance is a warning of a 30% gradient. (bottom of image by the telephone box). Next to it there is a blue warning sign that the road is ‘unsuitable for all vehicles in winter conditions’.SAM_3252
On the way up Hardknott Pass is the English Heritage/National Trust co-managed Hardknott Fort, in this rather bleak outpost of the Roman Empire. This site is free to visit in daylight hours. Take your pick for a Roman Centurion’s worst posting weatherwise, Hardknott or Hadrians Wall?

Image from the visitcumbria website.

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http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/hardknott-roman-fort/

http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/hardknott-pass/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardknott_Pass

SAM_3255At the top of the road is a little parking area for a couple of cars. Some ignorant people could see others were waiting nearby and deliberately took their time and mucked about so that they could try to ruin everyone’s day trip with their selfishness. Unfortunately for them, we all got our own back on the other side of the pass.  They were behind so many fed up people who used up all the car parking viewpoints and stayed there like the idiots had done to them. Does your own medicine taste bitter?  Ignorant morons. Ha!
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A scenic drive, a laugh at ignorant people and no rain, what a great day out and it’s only halfway through. A short drive from Hardknott Pass brings you to our next location of Wrynose Pass, to be posted soon, perhaps.

Thanks for reading.

Mark&Yvette

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