8th April 2004

Harter Fell and Hard Knott Pass.


Walk Overview
Time 15:00 to 19:40
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent 1949 ft
Walking with Jamie Lockie
Hard Knott Pass - Jubilee Bridge - Harter Fell - top of Castle How Beck - Hard Knott Pass - Hard Knott Roman Fort
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Jubilee Bridge, Hardknott Pass

Hardknott Pass has got to be one of the steepest and most difficult roads in the country. In fact, many people make the effort to drive all the way around to this part of the Lake District just to face the challenge. I should point out that this road can be extremely dangerous during the winter months and is best avoided altogether if the weather is at all frosty. I was caught out myself on one occasion when using the route as a shortcut over to Cockley Beck. Just above the steepest of the bends the road turned into an ice rink and I had no alternative than to reverse back down until I reached a convenient turning place; not an experience I'm keen to repeat.

The car park has room for about ten cars, but should you find it full, there is usually room a little further along the road into Eskdale.

Route Map

Looking back to upper Eskdale. Scafells Esk Pike and Bow Fell are behind

Scafells, Esk Pike and Bow Fell again from further up the route

Whin Rigg in the background

The Scafells.

Harter Fell summit.

Looking down to Hard Knott Roman Fort from Harter Fell summit.

The Scafells again. this time from the route down to Hard Knott Pass.

Wrynose Bottom. The route down leads to the left side of the trees, and then follows the tree line.

Looking back up Hard Knott Pass, from near the Roman fort.

The Roman bath house, next to the fort.

Looking through Eskdale.

The River Esk from near the fort.

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Lake District Walks