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Wrynose Pass, Lake District

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The Wrynose Pass is a mountain pass in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England between the Duddon Valley and Little Langdale.EtymologyThe unusual name of the pass is taken from that of the adjacent Wrynose hill, also called Wrynose Fell. The name was recorded in 12th century documents as "Wrenhalse" and in the 16th century as "Wrenosse Hill". It is thought, based on a suggestion by Eilert Ekwall, to mean "stallion's ridge", being formed on the Old Norse words (v)reini ("stallion", probably here used as a byname for an individual), and hala. It is one of a number of place names of Scandinavian origin in the area. Although most academic sources characterise "Vreini" in this context as a personal name, it has also been explained as suggesting "the horse power needed to climb it". Other suggested origins are from Old Norse ravn hals, "pass of the raven", and wreye nes, the "twisted headland". Over the years, the name has been altered to the form "Wrynose" through folk etymology, though it is still locally pronounced "Wreynuss", much like its older form.RoadThere 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. 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.
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  • First part of our trip with goat tours see us travel through this stunning pass, so glad we didn’t take our car as we would have missed the scenery, me watching the dangerous twist n turns my wife clo...  more »
  • Had read other reports that Honister Pass was best drive. No comparison to this one as it also passes through Hardnott Pass. Not for the faint - hearted but well worth the drive and views. Just watch ...  more »
  • If you love to drive, appreciate navigating a steep road (1:4) road with narrow hairpin bends, and lovely views - give this a go. It'll get your pulse racing!
  • Simply stunning and outstandingly beautiful winding roads to die for, as a motorcyclist absolutely loved every second of it would recommend anybody who loves countryside to take a journey and visit it
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