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Transpennine Crossings

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This is a list of notable hill crossings in the Pennines. These can be major West-East transpennine routes, or a route between valleys or dales. Some of the routes do not form a hill pass in the traditional sense, but are added for completeness.

The listing is ordered roughly from North to South along the Pennine Chain.

Image Road Name From To Max. Altitude More Info
Carter Bar, 1960 - Geograph - 1279830.jpg A68 Carter Bar Jedburgh Otterburn 1373' This pass marks the border between England and Scotland.
A69 - Geograph - 1463876.jpg A69 Brampton Haltwhistle 719' Highest point situated just west of Greenhead on Thirlwall Common.
A Road Summit - Coppermine - 8477.jpg A689 Nenthead Pass Alston Weardale 2043'
Hartside - Geograph - 1392590.jpg A686 Hartside Top Alston Penrith 1886'
Langdon Beck Hotel (view NW) - Geograph - 1655930.jpg B6277 Tynehead Alston Teesdale 1961'
A66 Roman road looking towards Old Spital - Geograph - 401533.jpg A66 Bowes Moor Brough Bowes 1450' Highest point on a trunk road in England.
The B6270 Pennine Pass.jpg B6270 Kirkby Stephen Swaledale 1700'
By Fossdale Gill - Geograph - 1046181.jpg Unclassified Buttertubs Pass Hawes Swaledale 1729' Named after the local rock formations, this road has been used several times during filming of Top Gear.
Junction 37 - Geograph - 748358.jpg A684 Garsdale Head Sedbergh Hawes 1100'
Newby Head Moss - Geograph - 48854.jpg B6255 Widdale Head Ribblesdale Wensleydale 1437' Also known as Newby Head Pass, named after the farmstead and former coaching inn.
A65 - Coppermine - 7247.jpg A65 Settle Skipton 588' Highest point to the east of Hellifield
A59 on Kexgill Moor - Geograph - 91792.jpg A59 Blubberhouses Moor Skipton Harrogate 961' Highest point to the west of Blubberhouses
Halifax Road, Sandbed - Geograph - 1692179.jpg A646 Calder Valley Burnley Halifax 764' One of the lowest of the Pennine crossings as it follows the valley floors between Burnley and Halifax and as a result rarely closed by snow but susceptible to flooding!
Duck Hill, Hebden Bridge - Geograph - 1231687.jpg A6033 Cock Hill Hebden Bridge Oxenhope 1416'
A58 sowerby snow.JPG A58 Littleborough Ripponden 1282'
Bird i'th Hand - Geograph - 450501.jpg A6033 Todmorden Littleborough 600'
M62 Summit Sign - Coppermine - 97.jpg M62 Windy Hill J21 J23 1221' Notable as being the highest motorway in Britain, though the sign at the summit only claims England.
The A672 Ripponden Road - Geograph - 1651103.jpg A672 Bleakedgate Moor Denshaw M62 Junction 22 1380'
A640 Closed at Deanhead - Geograph - 1651432.jpg A640 Buckstones Pass Denshaw Outlane 1480'
Oldham Road in 1968 - Geograph - 279488.jpg A62 Standedge Pass Delph Marsden 1302'
Saddleworth Moor - Geograph - 837440.jpg A635 Saddleworth Moor Greenfield Holmfirth 1619'
Bend on Woodhead Road A6024, Holme - Geograph - 1412940.jpg A6024 Holme Moss Woodhead Holmfirth 1719'
Woodhead Pass, A628 - Geograph - 1193982.jpg A628 Woodhead Pass Tintwistle Flouch Inn 1486'
Snake Pass - Geograph - 431557.jpg A57 Snake Pass Glossop Ashopton 1678'
Vale of Edale - Geograph - 11083.jpg Unclassified Rushup Edge Castleton Edale 1492' This is the western part of the horseshoe shaped road serving Edale.
Broken Road at Mam Tor and Little Mam Tor - Geograph - 404070.jpg Ex-A625 Mam Tor Chapel-en-le-Frith Castleton This road is now closed due to severe landslips causing the road to subside.
Winnats Pass - Geograph - 924061.jpg Unclassified Winnats Pass Chapel-en-le-Frith Castleton 1352' A narrow, steep pass providing a diversion route for the closed Mam Tor route (ex-A625). This is now the only route heading west from Castleton.
A623 Calver - Geograph - 58197.jpg A623 Chapel-en-le-Frith Baslow 1242' Highest point between Sparrowpit and Peak Forest.
The Cat and Fiddle - Geograph - 695734.jpg A537 Cat and Fiddle Macclesfield Buxton 1689'
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