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Message posted by dk168 on 10/8/2014 at 10:18pm
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I am camping at Eskdale C&CC in September, and came across the Hardknott Pass when planning my driving routes to places of interest, and decided to find out more about it.

Some route planners advise to avoid it, whereas Google Map does not.

I have driven up and down steep and narrow roads in the past, in the Peak District and in Europe, however, that was a good few years ago.

I am wondering if I should avoid the pass and go the long way, as my car is not a 4x4, just a 2002 MINI Cooper with a 1.6L petrol engine.

And no, I shall not be towing my trailer.

Thanks for everyone's help and advice in advance.

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Stunning bit of road.

Absolutely fine if you`re solo and going for the experience/scenery. If you want to get from A to B as fast as possible then don`t bother.

It`s not a `track`, but a road, so why should you need a 4X4?

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Hardknott and Wrynose passes are steep with some very sharp bends but should not be any problem for a Mini.

I have been over many times and the only problems that I have encountered were due to nervous drivers, not the cars.

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I am not familiar of the area, hence I am asking for advice.

Good to know I do not need a 4x4 in order to drive on this stretch of the road.

Thanks for the advice so far.

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First went over both in friend's mini 37 years ago with three adults and 2 kids on board - no problems - except other drivers. Well worth it for the scenery.

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Just been up it on Google. Looks like it was made for a mini cooper. Can't see a problem.

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Cant see any problem in the mini .only problem you might get, if it is raining front wheels spinning up on some of the tighter uphill hairpins ,like others have said well worth it for the views , just dont get stuck behind some boneheads in old motorhomes that are never going to make it ,as no where to overtake

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Going up is not a problem I have been up in a Moggie 1000 traveller 1966 vintage,but the idiot coming down gripping the wheel for the fear of death while filling their pants and wont give way to you  (as they should) I had to pull over to within an inch of a drystone wall to let him pass and ended up with a damaged off side wing mirror

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Went through the pass last year and would never do it again. I don't feel it's suitable for two way traffic. Met a group pushing a car up with driver spinning wheels and burning rubber. Beautiful but terrifying.

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Quote: Originally posted by millermicm on 11/8/2014
Just been up it on Google. Looks like it was made for a mini cooper. Can't see a problem.



+1

Your mini will go up there like a 'go-kart'!!!



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I went up years ago and am still recovering, whenever I see HardKnott Pass mentioned I get the shivers!

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Just watched 'driving the hardknott pass in the lake district' on YouTube.
Think I might give that road a miss.

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Quote: Originally posted by Wendyhouse on 12/8/2014
Just watched 'driving the hardknott pass in the lake district' on YouTube.
Think I might give that road a miss.



I did that before I started the thread and had concerns.

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You could always take a ride on the Mountain Goat 4x4 bus service, these small minibuses run from the villages at each end of the passes and give you the thrills and views of the beautiful scenery without having to drive.

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Quote: Originally posted by romany girl on 12/8/2014
You could always take a ride on the Mountain Goat 4x4 bus service, these small minibuses run from the villages at each end of the passes and give you the thrills and views of the beautiful scenery without having to drive.

Julia


Thanks for the information.

Unfortunately, they do not accept dogs except guidedogs.

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Message posted by sarahsop on 13/8/2014 at 12:39pm
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Eskdale C&CC is my favourite place to camp and we've driven the pass numerous times. The scenery is breathtakingly spectacular!

If you are brave you can easily drive your Mini over. It is very steep in places so you'll need nerves of steel!!!

Good luck!

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