The road on the Amblside side of Kirkstone Pass has the very apt name of "The Struggle". Its 1 in 4 gradient twists and turns its way between high walls and dykes and eventually reaches the Kirkstone Pass Inn at the highest point on the route. The 1800s was the era of horse and coach travel and as this route was popular with the tourists of the time, a coach house was built next to the Inn. No doubt both the people and the horses were in need of a rest after toiling up the pass.
The pass is named after a large stone found close to the summit on the road to Ullswater. The Kirk Stone's distinctive shape is the most likely reason for its name with 'Kirk' being the Scottish-English word for Church.