Whinlatter is one of the easier passes to travel over with the maximum height being little more than 1000ft asl. The road is broad enough along its whole length for two cars to comfortably pass each other and therefore, it makes for a quick and easy crossing between the Keswick area and the Vale of Lorton. Unfortunately, the amount of traffic using the pass prevents it from being a good pedestrian route.
Whinlatter Pass formed part of one of the 'tours' that early Lake District tourists used to undertake as part of their visit to the area. These are from a time when, despite the mountains becoming less fearful, visitors still needed to be 'told' exactly what to do and where to go. Blacks Guide to the Lake District of 1865 says "Returning to Keswick, the traveller takes the long ascent of Whinlatter, from the summit of which the spectator has a noble combination of objects before him"
Eleven years later, Jenkinson's Practical Guide to The English Lakes stats the following "During the ascent beautiful prospects are had of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Skiddaw, and Derwent Vale. A toll-gate, 5m from Keswick, stands at the top of the pass, over-shadowed by the Whinlatter fells and the Grisedale Pike.