Highway to Heaven: The Kirkstone Pass

Highway to Heaven: The Kirkstone Pass 

Highway to Heaven: The Kirkstone Pass 

If you’re looking for breathtaking scenery and a thrilling driving road in the Lake District, you must explore the Kirkstone Pass.

This mountain pass in Cumbria boasts panoramic views as it climbs to an elevation of 1,489 feet, making it one of the highest passes open to traffic in the Lake District.

The drive up Kirkstone Pass is not for the faint of heart! The road is narrow and winding with steep drops and no guardrails. As you ascend to the summit, you’ll navigate hairpin bends and constant twists and turns.

Highway to Heaven: The Kirkstone Pass

The road is occasionally obscured by fog and low clouds adding to the adventure. As you reach the top, the views become increasingly dramatic. On a clear day, you can take in sweeping vistas of several lakes and valleys with mountains towering in the distance.

The hamlet of Kirkstone lies near the summit and is one of England’s highest settlements.

Within the village sits the centuries-old Kirkstone Pass Inn which has welcomed many a weary traveller escaping from the mountain pass.

Highway to Heaven: The Kirkstone Pass

The Inn is a popular stop to enjoy a pint or hot meal while taking in the magnificent scenery.

The drive back down Kirkstone Pass heading towards Ambleside is no less nail-biting!

The steep descent, known as ‘The Struggle’ allows gravity to pull you forward at speed despite touching the brakes.

But it’s all part of the thrill of this iconic mountain pass.

So if you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping with a heart-pounding driving challenge, head to Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District National Park.

It’s one of the most scenic drives in the UK that you’ll never forget!

Just be sure to drive carefully and safely navigate the narrow winding roads.

The rewards at the summit are well worth the white-knuckle journey!

If you are looking for a holiday cottage with easy reach of Kirkstone Pass, enquire here.

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