Drive 3 - Some lakeland passes in Lake District

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Over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes
Not a drive for the faint hearted. Driving due east from Ambleside, you come to the Wrynose Pass. This is a 1281 foot pass, the road is steep ( 1 in 3 gradient) and narrow. You pass the three shires stone where the old counties of Lancs, Westmoreland and Cumberland met. You descend into the valley of Wrynose bottom, then ascend Hardknott pass, the more difficult of the two passes, narrower steeper and with hairpin bends. The scenery is magnificent and after the top at 1291 feet, you descend into Eskdale
Hardknott to Wast Water
Down from Hardknott, with its Roman fort, you pass Dalegarth station, the end of the Ravenglass Narrow Gauge Railway, near Boot. Then follow the signs for Eskdale Green and Wasdale. The road runs along the wild shores of Wast Water, with the famous screes running down to the lake. The road ends at Wasdale Head
Wast Water to Ravenglass
Follow your route back along Wast Water, then follow signs for Gosforth and Seascale, then take the main road to Ravenglass and its Roman past
Ravenglass to Millom
Leaving Ravenglass, take the A595 again to Millom, the road is just back from the coast, turning off for Millom a few miles before the town
Millom to Broughton and return
Form Millom, re-join the A395 to Broughton, and from there take the A593 back to Ambleside via Coniston
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