Vintage cars ready for slate mine climb

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From Bentley to Rolls Royce, Aston Martin to Bugatti, around 150 vintage cars from a bygone era are expected to wind their way more than 2,100 feet up one of England’s steepest roads past Honister Slate Mine.

An array of classic sports cars from the 1920s and 1930s will gather at the foot of Honister Pass on Saturday, November 9, as part of the Lakeland Trials around Keswick, Whinlatter and Buttermere.

One of the most dramatic stages of the Vintage Sports Car Club event is Honister Slate Mine, where vintage roadsters must wind their way up the steep quarry road leading up the side of 2,126ft Fleetwith Pike – complete with rocky terrain and tortuous hair pin bends to test both man and machine.

It’s a sight to behold as participants donned in goggles and scarves brave the elements in open-top cars and celebrate a golden-age of motoring against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Lake District scenery.

Jan Wilkinson, co-owner of Honister Slate Mine, said: “Honister is a great place to get up-close and personal with these vintage vehicles, soak up the atmosphere and help recapture the glory days of the roaring 20s and 30s.”

Spectators can park at Honister Slate Mine for £3.

Visit to find out more about Honister Slate Mine’s range of activities.