The Newlands Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1,093 feet (333 m) above the sea level, located in the English Lake District. The pass itself has a series of hairpin bends that can be unnerving for drivers of cars and minibuses (heavier vehicles are advised not to use the pass), especially as the tarmac has become quite smooth in places.
The road over the pass, also known as Newlands Hause, is asphalted and it’s a narrow, perilously steep road snaking up. There are some narrow sections -scarcely wide enough for two cars- where if two vehicles have to pass each other, one might have to reverse for some kilometers of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass.
Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. The road links the Newlands Valley, to the west of Keswick and Derwent Water, with the village of Buttermere.
This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. Only the suicidal, the insane, or the paid-to-do-this should ever drive down. The road is single-track and narrow in places with unforgiving dry stone walls. Rising steadily to start with, after a section with a good view ahead the first, more serious inclines appear. It’s a really fun drive with fantastic views but not for a faint hearted driver especially if the weather is bad. A serious drive which can get quite hairy at times when negotiating with cars coming the other way.