Honister Pass

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The ascent to the top of the pass from the north-west side
The top of Honister Pass and the slate mine
Honister Pass, circa 1895

The Honister Pass is a mountain pass in the English Lake District. It is located on the B5289 road, linking Seatoller, in the valley of Borrowdale, to Gatesgarth at the southern end of Buttermere. The pass reaches an altitude of 1,167 feet (356 m), making it one of the highest in the region, and also one of the steepest, with gradients of up to 1-in-4 (25%).[1] The saddle at the watershed is known as Honister Hause, using the Cumbrian word hause for such a feature.

The Honister Pass is one of three passes that link the tourist area around Keswick, including Derwent Water and Borrowdale, with the valley of the River Cocker, including the lakes of Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater. From north to south these passes are the Whinlatter Pass, the Newlands Pass, and the Honister Pass.[2]

The Honister Slate Mine and Honister Hause Youth Hostel are located at the summit of the pass.

Footpaths lead from the summit of the pass to Fleetwith Pike to the west, Grey Knotts to the south, and Dale Head to the north.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Whinlatter Pass". Visit Cumbria. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey map

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Coordinates: 54°31′N 3°13′W / 54.517°N 3.217°W / 54.517; -3.217