What Shaun and I did on Saturday
As we had a day spare between work and the Crooked Vultures gig last weekend I decided to show Shaun around the Lake District as he'd never been before, so I decided to take him first to Grasmere (to get some of their amazing gingerbread) and then wherever we had time to go after that. It was a beutiful day and the place was deserted! We got to Grasmere in half the time it usually takes! As I'd left my sat-nav at home I brought a road map of Cumbria, and on opening it on my car bonnet I immediately saw Hardknott Pass screamign up at me from the map, and not too far away either :)
For those that don't know, Hardknott Pass is one of the most 'challenging' road in Britain. It is single track, has a 30 degree gradient and teh AA and RAC will refuse to recover you from it should you get stuck or break down. Apart form a Ford Fiesta full of students going paragliding who crawled along in front of us at 10mph and kept randomly stopping\breaking and generally not letting us past even though there is a surplus of passing places on the route we did eventually get past them and get to the top, withteh problem now being that we couldn't go back teh way we came up as the 'S' bends were all covered in a very thick shhet of ice! So we had to go the long way around. Anyway, I've included some pictures of me and Shaun on the top and some of the nice view from the other side. Oh, and a pretty good link off YouTube of someone doing the route in a Smart Roadster. And yes, you really can't see the road ahead of you it's that steep!
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJEpB6xAb7g&feature=related"]YouTube- Hardknott Pass in a Smart Roadster[/ame]