5th May 2017

Lingcove Bridge, Hard Knott and Hardknott Pass

Time 1 to 3:30 pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent Somewhere about 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Jubilee Bridge - Brotherilkeld - Lingcove Bridge - Lingcove Beck - Hardknott Tarn - Hard Knott - Hardknott Pass - Jubilee Bridge
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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


I took my walking gear into work with me this morning with the intentions of walking 'somewhere' this afternoon, but it wasn't until I was walking off site that I decided to come here. I passed someone who told me "we were in Eskdale last weekend" , , , , I thought "Mmmmm, Eskdale, I haven't been on Hardknott for a while, I think I'll go there". So, here I am standing on the bridge at the bottom of Hardknott Pass, looking along a very dry river Esk and feeling pleased with the snap decision I'd made to walk here.

Looking beyond Brotherilkeld Farm to Bow Fell, the pointed fell in the distance.

The view behind me.

Not a huge amount of water in the River Esk today but it was still looking as crystal clear as ever.

Lingcove Bridge.

and the waterfall found a couple of minutes walk from the bridge.

At Lingcove Bridge I leave the Esk and begin to follow Lingcove Beck until I reach a convenient spot to start walking over Hard Knott.

Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags.


Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Great End, Esk Pike and Bow Fell.

Looking across to England's highest land.

Hard Knott summit in front of Crinkle Crags.

and this time in front of the Scafells.

I'm almost at the road now (you can see a bit of it down there) and I look across to Grey Friar and Dow Crag.

As I begin the walk back down to Eskdale I'm treated to this long distance view down the pass, right through the valley and all the way out to the Irish Sea.


He must be confident to drive that over here.

And to finish, I walk down the last of the bends on Hardknott Pass to reach the car which was red hot inside after sitting for a couple of hours in the sunshine.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks