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Honister Pass, Cumbria | by Lincolnian (Brian) - BUSY, in and out
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Honister Pass, Cumbria

The imposing Honister Pass lies between the steep sided slopes of Dale Head to the north and Fleetwith Pike to the south & connects the Borrowdale and Buttermere valleys. Rising to 1167 feet at the summit, and with a gradient is 1 in 4, the pass is one of Cumbria's highest & forms part of a beautiful circular scenic drive from Keswick that also includes Buttermere and Crummock Water, areas that aren't as dominated by visitors compared with other parts of the Lake District. On the pass can be found Honister Slate Mines which have, for centuries produced the beautiful green stone famous throughout the world. Unlike slate taken from quarries, the Westmorland Green Slate is wholly extracted from beneath the hills - from eleven miles of mine tunnels. It was from a workman at the mines that the path from Honister was attributed the nickname "Moses Trod". Tradition has it that a man called Moses Rigg, a Honister quarryman, distilled whisky & conveyed the illicit liquor down to Wasdale Head in loads of slate. His ‘still’ must have ranked as the highest buildings in England for it was located at the top of the formidable Gable Crag !

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Taken on May 30, 2008