Wasdale and Wast Water, Lake District, England

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Hardknott Pass
Be warned, 1 in 3 gradients, sharp bends and a narrow road make this the most difficult pass in the Lakes to drive over. You reach the top at 1291 feet and there are fine views . At the western end of the pass are the ruins of a Roman Fort - hardy people the Romans
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An attractive coastal village. Ravenglass was the Romans main port for northern Britain, and there are many Roman remains in the area today. It continued as a port until the Industrial Revolution, when its importance declined. Eventually the ore from the local iron mines went by train, and by the 1880's its days as a commercial port were over.
One by-product of the mining was the construction of a narrow gauge railway from the port to Boot, seven miles up into the fells. Over the years the railway has survived a number of closures and is still carrying passengers today
An interesting little market town on the southern edge of the National Park where the River Duddon joins the sea. Although Broughton has a Norman church and castle, the town is essentially 18th century
The town developed in the 19th century with the growth of iron mining, but the Iron Works closed in 1968. There is now a museum in the town re-calling the age of the iron mining.
The sit eof the old iron works is being re-developed as parkland, with the emphasis on wildlife, including Natterjack toads
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