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Message posted by robnchar on 15/8/2014 at 9:39am
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Hi dk . I assume you will have your trailer ? If so avoid it . In most I've been over so many times and the biggest issue is other drivers . Having to stop on the steepest and narrow sections can be hard with out a trailer .
I would get to site pitch up and drive over empty and with out the trailer . Better to get to site clutch intact

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Thanks everyone for your help and advice.

robnchar,

As mentioned in my first post, I shan't be towing a trailer, not that stupid!!!

I have already planned my trailer-suitable route to avoid the pass as suggested by the Eskdale C&CC site.

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



I agree, Eskdale site is lovely and the surrounding scenery is fabulous. If you like taking photos DK you should get some really good ones round there.



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Hi it's an amazing road with wonderful views if you can take your eyes of the road for a second. just go for it you won't be disappointed

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The Hardknott and Wrynose Passes road is my favourite road - I love challenging roads! I drove it in a small, distinctly unpowerful Nissan Micra, though it just had me in it and I think it would have been unlikely to make it with someone else in the car. I also drove it in a more powerful Micra with others in the car. It's GREAT fun to drive along if you like that kind of thing. It vies with Rosedale Chimney in Yorkshire as the steepest road in England, at over 30%, and it is STEEP. Also with hairpins at the steepest parts. If you are a confident driver it shouldn't be any problem, assuming you enjoy that sort of driving. Just be observant, be considerate to others, bear in mind there may be some drivers around who shouldn't be there, and don't be in a rush. I wouldn't do it with a laden car, nor as a route to actually get anywhere. It's a road to drive along if you like that sort of thing. I'd say the most difficult part is when you are going downhill so steeply you cannot see the road below your bonnet for a bit.

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Its not always drivable .

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Great photo!

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Well, I tried and failed.

Trying to go back to Eskdale C&CC after a visit to Brockhole, gave way to a car at the base before the really steep zig zag section, could not get up, started to roll back with the aim to turn back, and rolled into a ditch instead.

Luckily, there were kind passer-bys who stopped to push me out of the ditch so that I could turn back and pick up another route towards Broughton.

Miraculously, the car does not appear to be damaged, so something up there was definitely looking after me, phew!!!

It could have been a lot worse if I were to get stuck in the zig zag section and roll down a steep edge!!! Still shaking just thinking about it.


Off to eat, drink and calm myself down.

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Its the cyclists going over that always amaze me - really fit guys!

The mini should be fine, however if you're going to be nervous try some of the gentler passes first like Honister - the really problem with these passes is people getting nervous and going too slowly or not giving way.

Hope you have a great holiday Eskdale is lovely.

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Quote: Originally posted by dk168 on 08/9/2014
Well, I tried and failed.

Trying to go back to Eskdale C&CC after a visit to Brockhole, gave way to a car at the base before the really steep zig zag section, could not get up, started to roll back with the aim to turn back, and rolled into a ditch instead.

Luckily, there were kind passer-bys who stopped to push me out of the ditch so that I could turn back and pick up another route towards Broughton.

Miraculously, the car does not appear to be damaged, so something up there was definitely looking after me, phew!!!

It could have been a lot worse if I were to get stuck in the zig zag section and roll down a steep edge!!! Still shaking just thinking about it.


Off to eat, drink and calm myself down.

DK



Oh dear, no damage done though which is good. At least you gave it a try. To be fair though the other driver should have given way to you if you were going up hill, so it's all their fault

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Nah, my fault for being nervous and not sufficiently experienced to tackle such a steep road. I could blame the car for not having enough juice, however, it would be unkind to her.

On the way back, I went up a steep road called Smithy Lane towards Birker Fell without any issues, and felt a bit better afterwards.

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Oh well you tried! sounds scary hope you're ok! Birker Fell is lovely. I missed going to Eskdale this year, we'll be back there next year for sure!


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Message posted by dk168 on 10/9/2014 at 9:33pm
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Just met a couple who towed a trailer with a small van across the pass today!

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Problem is with giving way going up. It will be impossible to do an up hill start. Cars coming down hill should be the ones to stop and give way.

I was driving up a steep gradient this year in the lead District. Had to overtake a cyclist. If I stopped now way on this earth would be move of again.   Overtook, 2 cyclists who where racing down hill at high speed, they did not slow down and insulted me as they passed. If they were in a car, there was no way the have reached me until I passed the cyclists.   At the end off the day roads are not a race track, if they insist on breaking the speed limit, that's their own fault.


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Remember driving up and down that years ago in a very powerful Golf. Vast majority of mdern cars wouldn't have any issues going up from a power perspective, epscially a Mini which would be fine, but as OP found its the driving ability and ability of others that may cause issues!

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