Honister Pass

Honister Pass, a steep paved road in England

The Honister Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 356m (1,167ft) above the sea level, located in the English Lake District. It is one of Cumbria’s highest passes, with a gradient of 1 in 4.

The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s called B5289 road and it’s a narrow, perilously steep road snaking up the fellside to Honister Pass and Buttermere valley beyond. 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. It shouldn’t be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. The road links Seatoller, in the valley of Borrowdale and Gatesgarth at the southern end of Buttermere.

There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Seatoller, the ascent is 3 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 238 meters. The average percentage is 7.9 %. And starting from Gatescarth Farm, the ascent is 3 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 243 meters. The average percentage is 8.1 %. Come suitably clothed – it’s either wet or windy up here at the best of times.


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