Hardknott Pass must be one of the most challenging sections of road in England. The route, which runs between Eskdale and Cockley Beck, has a series of steep hairpin bends and if that weren't enough, in places, the road is scarcely wide enough for two cars to pass. Lots of people make the point of journeying around here just for the experience of driving over the pass and needless to say many a shiny wing-mirror must have fallen victim to this road.
As with most places, the first road over here was built by the Romans. This one was built in the 2nd century to link their fort at Ravenglass with the one at Ambleside. The next notable use for the route was by the packhorse trains and the drovers. It wasn't until after WW2 when the war office had finished using the area for tank training that the road was surfaced with tarmac for the first time.