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Newlands Pass

The Newlands Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1,093ft (333m) 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. The road links the Newlands Valley, to the west of Keswick and Derwent Water, with the village of Buttermere. 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. 

 

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