In the English county of Derbyshire’s Peak District sits the hilly pass known as Winnats Pass. West of the township of Castleton, between the small settlements of Hope and Sparrowpit, is the limestone gorge known as Winnats. The highest segment of the winding, 28 percent incline road passes through a fissure. Although it is paved and generally busy, it is off-limits to buses, coaches, and large trucks weighing more than 7.5 tons. The route shouldn’t be used in the winter since the ice on their steep hills makes them extremely hazardous.
Where is Winnats Pass located?
In the Peak District of Derbyshire, England, there is a limestone pass and gorge known as Winnats Pass (or Winnats). Because of the turbulent gusts that blow over the pass, the name is a perversion of wind gates.
In fact, it is located in the High Peak borough of Derbyshire, west of the settlement of Castleton, on the High Peak Estate owned by the National Trust.
Also, high limestone mountains surround the gap that the road goes through. The entrance of Speedwell Cavern, a karst cave reached via a flooded lead mine, is located at the base of the pass.
You can locate Winnats Pass on the map below:
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Information about Winnats Pass road :
From Hope to Sparrowpit, the Winnats Pass, or summit road, goes east-west for 9,3 kilometers (5,7 miles). It is regarded as one of the Peak District’s top motorbike routes. Cycling enthusiasts are also familiar with it. Even though it’s only a few kilometers long, it’s worth the trip.
The climb is quite difficult: several ramps have a maximum grade of 28%. The 1,6 kilometer (1 mile) ascent begins in Castleton . The elevation gain during this trip is 188 meters (616 ft). The standard deviation is 11.7 percent. This ascent was an annual feature of the Tour of the Peak bicycle event, which is no longer contested each fall.
Winnats Pass drive preview:
You can obviously have a preview of that drive. Here is a YouTube video that shows a part of the road:
History of the Winnats Pass:
In the early 19th century, a road was constructed here. But, landslides caused it to often be destroyed and rebuilt.
According to local lore, Alan and Clara, a young couple who eloped in 1758, are haunted by the pass after they were robbed and killed by miners as they crossed it on their way to Peak Forest Chapel. The bodies of the men were hidden in a mine shaft, where they were found ten years later.
How to get to the road?
Just west of the village of Castleton, between the tiny settlements of Hope and Sparrowpit, is where you’ll find Winnats Pass.
Take the A6187 out of Castleton and toward Buxton to access the pass. The beginning of the road will be reached shortly after turning left onto Arthurs road.
Take in the breathtaking vistas from your car as you travel the 9,3 kilometers (5,9 miles) Winnats Pass Road. You could also drive to the Speedwell Cavern Car Park at the foot of the road and start your journey there.
You can visualize how to get there on this map of the drive:
Is Winnats Pass open?
The pass is located in Peak District National Park, and access is usually available all year long with the exception of a few winter closures because of hazardous weather.
Also, the entrance to the National Park is free.
This pass is located in the Peak District National Park in northern England, near the village of Castleton. The road winds through a steep valley, surrounded by towering limestone ridges and pinnacles. It is a must-see on any road trip or cycling tour of the area!
Picture credit: By Andrew Collins – https://unsplash.com/photos/Tj00xS71Ne8, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48169283
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