Location: United Kingdom
Length: 8 km (5 miles)
Width: 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 10): 8
Highest point: 848 m (2,782 ft)
Operating times: open all year
Route: from Knock to Great Dun Fell
Great Dun Fell Road Description
Great Dun Fell is said to be Britain’s highest asphalted road and this, together with other features you will find during this trip, make it a great route to drive on. But here is more to it than just that. Here’s what you should know about it.
Like most roads we’re featuring on this website, this one is out of the ordinary because it presents some special features you might be interested in. The Great Dun Fell is superbly surfaced and pothole free. As you would expect, this makes a smooth drive, but it doesn’t lack the excitement drivers are looking for on this kind of routes. Another feature to take into account is the high gradient. Even though the distance you get to drive here is quite short, of only 8 km, during this stretch, you will experience an average angle of 8%.
Moreover, the location is beautiful and the landscape dramatic. As you can see, this road has all the features that can make a drive a memorable one.
This mountain pass reaches an elevation of 848 m (2,782 ft) above the sea level, making it the second highest road in the Pennines mountain range, in the Cumbria region.
Where to start from
Starting the drive from Knock, the ascent is 7,29 km long, the elevation gain is 593 heightmeters, and the average percentage is 8.1%. Nonetheless, there are some stretches of road where the gradient reaches 20%, making it challenging to continue the climb. When approaching 20%, you drive through a boulder-littered scenery, on a narrow road. Also, there are several twists and turns fun to drive on. These, combined with the smooth surface and the spectacular landscape, make this a pleasant drive you can enjoy when in the area. Thanks to the gradient and the twists you will come across along they way, will add some adrenaline and excitement when driving.
At the summit, visitors can find a radar station, part of the Air Traffic Control system for Northern England and Southern Scotland. Also, even though the drive is a short one, you will get to see some of the best sights in the region of Cumbria. The landscape is picturesque and makes the perfect addition to this kind of route. You can stop by along the drive and admire it. This way, you will also make the experience last longer and you will want to do this in such a beautiful place.
Overall, this route is a great drive, where a tough climb and a few turns contribute to making it challenging for those that want something a little bit extra. Visually, the ride is stunning too and since there is little traffic in the area, this will allow you to soak in the views of this quiet part of the UK. So, you see, you have plenty of reasons to drive to the Great Dun Fell.
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