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    Bob Graham driving route

    Just a quick one, which is the best way to Dunmail raise from Wasdale, is it via Keswick/Hardknott pass or the Duddon Valley?

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    Re: Bob Graham driving route

    Keswick/Hardknott pass ? methinks you've got things mixed up!

    The southern route would be via Eskdale Green, Birker Fell, Duddon Bridge, Broughton Mills, Torver, Coniston, Ambleside, Dunmail.

    The northern route would be via Gosforth, Workington, Cockermouth, Keswick.

    On balance I'd go the northern way as the roads are much better.
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    Re: Bob Graham driving route

    You can get from Wasdale to Dunmail via upper Eskdale, Hardknott and Wrynose passes, through Little Langdale and Elterwater then to Dunmail via Ambleside.

    A big support vehicle might prefer one of Bob's other more amenable options though, as might any passengers.
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    Re: Bob Graham driving route

    Quote Originally Posted by BGSec View Post
    You can get from Wasdale to Dunmail via upper Eskdale, Hardknott and Wrynose passes, through Little Langdale and Elterwater then to Dunmail via Ambleside.

    A big support vehicle might prefer one of Bob's other more amenable options though, as might any passengers.
    I drove from the top of the Duddon Valley at Cockley Beck back to Ambleside last Saturday having been over to Wasdale recceing on the Friday. Allow plenty of time!
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    Re: Bob Graham driving route

    In 26 years of being involved with BG support, with a multitude of different drivers, access to and from Wasdale ( i.e. Dunmail to Wasdale then Wasdale to Honister - doing it BG's way ) it's always been the northern route .... and that can get a bit 'tight' at certain times of day in the height of summer with a lot of tourists travelling at 'rubber-necking' speeds. I'd hate to think how snarled up you could get 'going over the passes'!! Correction, only once .... 13 years ago, on a Clayton counter-clockwise round with a mid-night start, we left Wasdale around 7.30 a.m. and went over the passes (Hardknott, Wrynose & Redbank); lost the exhaust system going over Hardknott!!

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    Re: Bob Graham driving route

    Cheers guys, sorry Bob I meant Hardknott or Keswick or Duddon valley!, done all 3 in the past, was looking at the quickest..

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