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A57 Snake Pass
Updated: 6:21am
This Winter
Closed: 3.09%
Open: 96.91%

Snake Pass Open


Weather Latest
Mist and Fog

Traffic Latest
Temporary Traffic Lights
Minor Westbound Delays
Minor Eastbound Delays

Airport Latest
M56 due to close 8:00pm

The pass is open, but take account of the weather

Please take care and have a safe journey this morning

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Adverse Weather Now

Widespread FOG
Until ≈ 6pm

Based on Met Office, Highways and independent weather stations located at Ashopton, Bamford, Derwent Valley, Summit @ 6:00am

Adverse Weather Forecast

ICE RISK from ≈ 6am on Saturday

Based on Met Office amalgamated forecasts for Hattersley, Hollingworth, Glossop, Crowden, Snake Pass, Bleaklow, Featherbed Moss, Kinder, Derwent Valley, Howden Moor and Hathersage. Updated at 5:51am, start times are approximations

Today's Pass Forecast

3:52am Cloudy with areas of fog at first today. The cloud will gradually lift this morning, becoming brighter this afternoon with many hills clear. Some sunshine may break through at times this afternoon, particularly in the east of the park. Cloud will lower again overnight.

Need to Know

Planned Roadworks

Temporary lights on Manchester Rd, Rivelin Dams, until 20th March

A57 Woolley Lane, Hollingworth, closed this week between 8pm and 6am for resurfacing work

Planned Trunk Closures

M56 WB 8pm Thu 21 Mar (for Airport)


Traffic towards Manchester
Sheffield Ring Rd to M60

Minor Westbound Delays
1 hour 28 minutes
A57 Sheffield
Snake Pass
M67 Motorway

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to Sheffield Ring Rd

Minor Eastbound Delays
1 hour 31 minutes
M67 Motorway
Snake Pass
A57 Sheffield


Reports that may result in extra traffic on the pass or influence your onward journey

Matches & Events Today

Mobile Rocket Stadium & Event City

Evening & Overnight Travel

M6, M1, M602, M62, M56 closures from 8:00pm


Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 20 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months were caused by inappropriate overtaking

If you have to drive the whole length of the pass at just 30mph, the most you will be delayed by is around six minutes

Safety Cameras

The speed limit on the pass is 50mph

Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership mobile speed cameras will be on the A57 through Glossop on random days until 27th March

Deep Pot Holes

Some deep and damaging pot holes have developed along the whole length of the pass over the winter

Sheep & Deer on the Pass

As with all rural roads through open countryside, expect sheep, deer and other wild animals to be on the pass

Accidents involving sheep are covered by s170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and must be reported to the Police

Dead animals on the Snake should be reported to HPBC on 01298 28400, or the Police on 101 if a danger to traffic

Good to Know

Road Policing

Policing the pass is the responsibility of Derbyshire Constabulary, who may be contacted on 101 (or 999 in an emergency)

Traffic Reports

Manchester Connectors

A57 Glossop & Mottram, M67 Hyde & Denton, B6105 Torside, A624 Chunal & Peep o'Day
No reports

Yorkshire Connectors

A57 Sheffield, A6101 Rivelin Valley, A6013 Bamford, A6187 Castleton & Hathersage
No reports

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 20 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 18 days

Last Incident on Wed 13 Mar

Fallen Tree
A57 Snake Pass, Derbyshire
7:03am 13-Mar - 9:23am 13-Mar
A57 Snake Pass reportedly blocked due to fallen tree between Hurst Road, Glossop (Royal Oak) and A6013 Bamford (Ladybower Reservoir)

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Tuesday 12th March

Winter Maintenance

Pass last gritted on Sunday 17th March

Snow Closures Winter 18/19

So far this winter (Nov-Mar) the pass has been closed on 6 occasions for a total of 116 hours due to snow. It has been kept open to traffic for 96.91% of the time

Fri 18 Jan 18:42 (14 hours)
Tue 22 Jan 01:58 (33 hours)
Tue 29 Jan 14:05 (46 hours)
Wed 07 Feb 09:25 (5 hours)
Sun 10 Mar 21:25 (14 hours)
Tue 12 Mar 11:03 (4 hours)

E&OE: We compile these reports from live data automatically received from various organisations such as Elgin, TfGM, Highways England, motoring organisations, Local Authorities, the Met Office & the Police. We are unable to verify the accuracy or timeliness of any third party data or absence thereof. This site is, therefore, for information only

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About this Page

Part of Glossop Online's Traffic Section, this page provides the latest information for anyone planning a journey over the A57 Snake Pass

The Pass

The Snake Pass is a hill pass in the Derbyshire section of the Peak District, crossing the Pennines between Manchester and Sheffield. For our purposes, we define the Pass as the section of road between the Royal Oak Inn at Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton


The pass is used to cross the pennines by - on average - 3984 vehicles per day, 135 of which are HGVs [2017]


There is no weight restriction for vehicles, but here is a speed restriction of 50mph between Glossop and Ladybower

Snake Pass from Glossop to Ladybower
Snake Pass from Glossop to Ladybower

How this page works

Our servers receive live data from various sources about any accidents, roadworks or other disruption throughout the region. This information is processed in real time and relevant reports sent to this page every minute. The page is fully automated - we don't stand around with a clipboard waiting for something to happen! Incidents, accidents and road closures rely on the Police, highways & local authorities reporting these in a timely manner. That said, experience shows most reports come through within just a few minutes

Bad Weather

The pass rises to nearly 1700ft at its exposed summit. It can frequently be affected by ice, snow, fog and strong winds

The pass is frequently closed in winter

When appropriate, we include severe weather warnings on this page and live adverse weather data from nearby weather stations. For advance planning, we also include details of any poor weather over the next few days when this is forecast by the Met Office Mountain Weather Service

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