12th February 2005

A rainy day on Hard Knott.


Walk Overview
Time 10.40 to 13.20
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 1650 ft
Walking with On my own
Hardknott Pass - Lingcove Bridge - Hard Knott - Hardknott Pass - Hardknott 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

Brotherilkeld farm with Bow Fell in the distance.

From the path into Upper Eskdale, looking back towards Green Crag and Crook Crag.

The River Esk from just before Lingcove Bridge.
Last night was a night of heavy rain which made conditions very wet under foot.

Lingcove Bridge.
This is the point where Lingcove Beck joins the River Esk.

From the higher ground above Lingcove Bridge looking down towards the River Esk and my route through the valley.
It was a day of blustery showers and I could see the first one coming through the valley from here.

The very remote area of Upper Eskdale with Bow Fell, Esk Pike and Lingcove Beck.
This was taken just past the place where I left Upper Eskdale and started to follow the ridge to Hard Knott.

The Sca Fell's just under cloud from near Yew Bank.

Esk Pike and Bow Fell again. This time from Yew Bank.

The very boggy area that lies between Yew Bank and Hard Knott.

Hard Knott summit with Grey Friar behind.

From Hard Knott summit, this time looking towards Eskdale.
Shortly after leaving the summit I was caught in the thick band of rain / hailstones and cloud that can be seen in this picture.

Looking down to Wrynose Bottom from the descent to Hardknott Pass.

Almost at Hardknott Pass now and looking down into the Duddon Valley.
As soon as I had walked over the highest point on the pass, the rain and hail started again and I was walking into a very strong wind. I didn't realise hailstones could be so painful.

Hardknott Pass from near the Roman Fort.

Jubilee Bridge this was just behind the small car park I used.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks