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Whinlatter Pass


Whinlatter is one of the easier passes to travel over with the maximum height being little more than 1000ft asl. The road is broad enough along its whole length for two cars to comfortably pass each other and therefore, it makes for a quick and easy crossing between the Keswick area and the Vale of Lorton. Unfortunately, the amount of traffic using the pass prevents it from being a good pedestrian route.

Whinlatter Pass formed part of one of the 'tours' that early Lake District tourists used to undertake as part of their visit to the area. These are from a time when, despite the mountains becoming less fearful, visitors still needed to be 'told' exactly what to do and where to go. Blacks Guide to the Lake District of 1865 says "Returning to Keswick, the traveller takes the long ascent of Whinlatter, from the summit of which the spectator has a noble combination of objects before him"
Eleven years later, Jenkinson's Practical Guide to The English Lakes stats the following "During the ascent beautiful prospects are had of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Skiddaw, and Derwent Vale. A toll-gate, 5m from Keswick, stands at the top of the pass, over-shadowed by the Whinlatter fells and the Grisedale Pike.

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14th April 2012
  Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 9 - Whinlatter Pass 13 mile 3800 ft
Braithwaite - Kinn - Sleet How - Grisedale Pike - Hopegill Head - Ladyside Pike - Boon Beck - Lorton - Scawgill Bridge - Whinlatter Pass - Braithwaite

9th September 2007
  Grisedale Pike in the cloud 7.1 mile 2570 ft
Braithwaite - Whinlatter Pass - Grisedale Pike - Coledale Hause - Birkthwaite Beck - (below) Outerside - High Coledale - Braithwaite

6th May 2007
  A wet day on the Whinlatter fells 5.6 mile 1800 ft
Whinlatter Pass - Whinlatter Top - Tarbarrel Moss - Lords Seat - Barf - Beckstones Plantation - Comb Gill - Comb Plantation - Whinlatter Pass

7th January 2006
  Sail, Eel Crag, Wandope, and Grasmoor 10.4 mile 3658 ft
Whinlatter Pass - Coledale - High Moss - Sail - Crag Hill - Wandope - Grasmoor - Coledale Hause - Coledale - Whinlatter Pass

17th November 2005
  Sunrise and the Coledale skyline. 10.8 mile 4626 ft
Whinlatter Pass - Grisedale Pike - Coledale Hause - Grasmoor - Wandope - Eel Crag - Sail - Outerside - Barrow - Braithwaite - Whinlatter Pass

27th August 2005
  The fells around Whinlatter Forest. 5.6 mile 1768 ft
Whinlatter Pass - Whinlatter - Tarbarrel Moss - Lord's Seat - Barf - Whinlatter Forest Park - Whinlatter Pass

22nd January 2005
  The Lord's Seat fells. 9 mile 3114 ft
Whinlatter Pass - Whinlatter - Graystones - Broom Fell - Lord's Seat - Barf - Whinlatter Forrest - Whinlatter Pass

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