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“Getting there is half the fun” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hardknott Roman Fort

Hardknott Roman Fort
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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Eskdale
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Getting there is half the fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

Make it part of a loop - it's easier approaching from the East, over Wrynose and Hardknott passes, but once you get to the fort you probably won't want to go back up Hardknott pass, so drive through the Eskdale valley to the coast and take the long way 'round to get back where you started. There are no facilities, so bring a picnic lunch with you.


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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Touching History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

The views are superb and the enormity of the actual site is something to behold. The drive up there is not for the fainthearted. Do take extra warm/dry clothing the weather does have a mind of it's own!
Most certainly worth a visit.. it is also one of the few historical sites that you are able to walk within the actual structure and touch (gently!) history.

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Lymm, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Roman fort - on top of an interesting pass!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2009

This review is for the fort - it is a archiological site, over a number of acres, with a few low walls, grassy mounds, and interpritation boards telling you what each area is for. The views are great, but there are NO visitors facilities here. Access is from the parking area - don't try to access from other parts of the road, as it is fenced.

The road up to it from Eskdale is a little steep, but quite drivable - the whole route of the pass is quite a drive - and is part of a number of famous cycling routes.

1 Thank GrahamSK8
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“dont go here by car...hardknott pass is a big no..”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2008

hardknott pass is for the truely brave .... it scared our family ...the views if you can see them through closed eyes...are barren...the road looks like a short cut but be warned it's single track most of the way and extremely tretcherous with steep inclines and drops. if you come accross a car going the other way one of you has to be brave and back up!!! your brakes and clutch won't thank you,....neither will the passengers!!! it's so bad that wardens in 4x4's are sited arround the area. so be warned avoid it.....

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