Killhope Cross

A nerve racking road to Killhope Cross

Killhope Cross is a mountain pass at an elevation of 629m (2,063ft) above the sea level, located on the County Durham/Weardale/Cumbrian border, in northeast England. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Nestled in the north Pennines range, the road to the summit is totally paved, but very steep. It’s called A689. High winds hit all the way up to the pass. It’s said to be one of highest paved passes in England. The pass divides Weardale to the east and Cumbria to the west. The road to the summit is very steep hitting a grueling 14.3% through some of the ramps.

The pass is 8.69km (5.4 miles) long, running west-east from Nenthead, one of England's highest villages in the county of Cumbria to Cowshill, a village in County Durham at the top of Weardale. Along the way you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the Pennine. The landscape around is incredibly bleak. Across the road there is a weathered carved boundry marker, in the shape of a cross, possibly medieval.

 

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