United Kingdom Winnats Pass

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James Grant

About this spot
Winnats Pass, meaning ‘Windy Gates’ is a
dramatic, steep-sided limestone ravine that was once a coral reef leading west out of Castleton. Since the closure of the A625 below Mam Tor (aka ‘The Broken Road’) it has been the only way out of Castleton to the west.

Pointy fingers of limestone tower above the road on both sides as you drive up. This makes it one of the most dramatic locations in the Peak District. From the tops of the pass you are afforded great views to the landslip on Mam Tor,
‘The Great Ridge’ and the Hope Valley as well as fearful drops to the pass below.

This location was once a rarely shot haven for photographers but is gaining more popularity. If you’re a brave soul you will capture unique and stunning images by standing very close to or even leaning over the precarious edges - but take care here!

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