High Roads
Part Two: The highest known roads in Great Britain.
Rankings Metres Feet* Rd no Road name Location/road between OSGB grid coordinates Source Remarks Top
Section 2.1: Highest roads in Britain of any kind (including ancient roads)
This site primarily lists through tarred public roads in Britain, but the following are given for interest:
1176m 3680' Beinn a'Bhuird OS 1km sq 36/08 99 NO 085 992 GBR Private estate track. GBR 1990 gives this as highest motorable road in UK, although it is not now marked as road on OS 1:50K. The OS 1:25K map on www.getamap.co.uk shows track ending at c1,080m contour - but this may still be the highest
847m 2780' Great Dun Fell* NE of Appleby-in-Westmorland NY 710 321 GBR MoD rd to transmitters; "highest tarred rd in UK". Summit is on route of Pennine Way Long Distance Path.
>800m >2625' High Street Windermere - Penrith NY 440 110 OS-C Highest Roman road in GB
764m 2507' Corrieyairack Pass Laggan - Fort Augustus NN 415 985 web Highest through public rd in Britain. Gen Wade road, built late 18thC. Motorable by 4x4 - vehicular right of way status contested.
674m 2202' Coldberry End Ireshopeburn - Harwood NY 826 357 OS-SH Unsealed public white rd - on OS 1:50K, appears to go to 680m contour. Highest through public rd in England?
c610m >1950' Walna Scar Road Consiton - Seathwaite SD 258 964 OS-C Old road, passable with difficulty by 4x4s?
561m (1841') Stake Moss Buckden - Bainbridge SD 934 821 OS-SH Rough road, ex pre-WW2 Edinburgh Trial. SH 561 is on OS 1:25K; 1:50K highest is 558 at SD 933 823.