Drives

Attached to the bottom of this page are route maps for some of our favourite drives in the local area.

The drive up the Kirkstone Pass from Patterdale to Ambleside is one of the most majestic cut throughs in the Northern Lake District connecting Ullswater to Windermere.  It is justifiably famous as a driving route and the Lakeland’s highest pass open to motor traffic.

The Honister Pass drive is a great one for combining with a visit to the Honister Slate Mines and their fantastically exciting zip line for those who love height and speed!  This is a beautiful journey linking Keswick and Derwentwater with Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater.

The drive along the West side of Ullswater is delightful with the Aira Force National Trust waterfall as a great stopping off point at about the half way mark.

Map-of-Honnister-Pass-drive-between-Derwentwater-and-Buttermere
Kirkstone-pass-map-between-Ambleside-and-Brotherswater-on-the-way-to-Glenridding
Map-of-the-Pooley-Bridge-to-Glenridding-drive-along-the-west-side-of-Ullswater

One of the great drives - The Kirkstone PassThe A686 between Alston and Hexham, Image courtesy of SkidaA hairpin turn in the moorlands near the summit of the A686 route up the PenninesThe A686 drive up the PenninesAlong the A686 looking up towards the Hartside summit between Melmerby and AlstonThe Hartside Cafe at the top of the A686 - a justifiably popular stopping off point - great viewsThe Kirkstone Pass drive viewed from St Ravens EdgeThe A686 rising above the Eden Valley above MelmerbyView over the Eden Valley from partway up the A686 along the side of the Pennines