Wrynose Pass

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One of several road-signs warning drivers of the extreme conditions ahead.

The Wrynose Pass is a mountain pass in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England between the Duddon Valley and Little Langdale.


There is a single-track motor road over the pass with gradients up to 1 in 4. The pass reaches an altitude of 393m or 1,281 feet. Its name comes from 'pass of the stallion.' The road continues over Hardknott Pass, whose 1 in 3 gradient is the steepest road in England, and goes on to Eskdale.

The pass separates the Furness Fells from the Bowfell-Crinkle Crags massif.

At the top of the Wrynose Pass is the Three Shire Stone, marking the meeting point of the historic counties of Cumberland, Lancashire and Westmorland.

Wrynose Pass, Wrynose Bottom and the River Duddon.


At the bottom of Wrynose is Fell Foot Farm, a 17th-century, Grade II listed, National Trust property.

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Coordinates: 54°24′46″N 3°07′07″W / 54.41276°N 3.11861°W / 54.41276; -3.11861