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A57 Snake Pass

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A57 Snake Pass
Updated: 7:06pm
This Winter
Closed: 0.01%
Open: 99.99%


Saturday 4th April
UK Deaths:
Last 24 hours:

Peak District
Driving into the area for daily exercise contravenes the current ban on non-essential travel. Police enforcement is in operation

A57 Snake Pass

High Moorland Fire Risk
Observe Fire Precautions

Later Today
Strong Winds > 47 mph

On Pass Traffic
Extra Biker Traffic

Through Traffic M60-A61
No Reports

Increased Accident Risk
Weekends: 61%

Hazardous Winds > 60 mph

The pass is open, have a safe journey this evening

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If there's something happening on the pass that needs sharing here, please let us know

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Need to Know

High Moorland Fire Risk

The last significant rainfall on the pass was on 18th March. No rain for 17 days means the moorland is tinder dry and very easily ignited

Winds, currently gusting around 31 mph, would result in even a small fire spreading rapidly

There is no rain in the forecast until Monday morning

Please take all necessary precautions to prevent the start of wildfires:

Don't start fires, discard glass bottles or throw cigarette ends out of the window

Campfires & BBQs are currently banned in the Peak District National Park

Don't block gates, lanes or tracks leading to moorland. These are essential access points for emergency vehicles


Traffic towards Manchester
Sheffield Ring Rd to M60

No Westbound Delays

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to Sheffield Ring Rd

No Eastbound Delays

Manchester Airport

Flights at Manchester International Airportare severely disrupted because of the COVID 19 outbreak. Many airlines are cancelling a lot, if not all, flights because of travel restrictions around the world. Do not travel to the airport unless the airline confirms the flight will operate. The government say to avoid all but absolutely essential travel. Easyjet have cancelled all of their flights until further notice.


Cloudy this evening
Temperature now ≈ 8°c
Latest wind gusts 30.6 mph

Adverse Weather Forecast

ICE RISK ≈ 6am on Tuesday
STRONG WINDS >60 mph ≈ 9pm today

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 6:42pm

Start times are approximations and are likely to change as the forecast develops

Tomorrow's Pass Forecast

1:33pm A windy start with strong southerlies and embedded gales, especially about the summits. Skies will be generally clear with plenty of sunny spells. Cloud will develop late evening together with scattered rain, turning heavy at times.


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

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M4


Think Bike!

Extra biker traffic on the pass this evening

14 serious bike accidents on Pennine routes in the past month

Snake or Woodhead?

The Snake Pass accident rate is 1.48 times higher than the Woodhead Pass

Increased Accident Risk

Of the 18 serious accidents we have reported on the Snake Pass in the last 12 months, 61% occurred at weekends

Most accidents on the pass are the result of inappropriate overtaking. Remember, if you have to drive all thirteen miles of the pass at just 30mph, the most this will delay you by is around seven minutes

Please drive sensibly, not like this ...

Snake Pass Dashcam Image

Safety Cameras

The speed limit on the pass is 50mph

Mobile speed cameras may be on the pass and on the A57 Dinting Vale until 9th April

Deep Pot Holes

Some deep and damaging pot holes have developed along the whole length of the pass during the recent bad weather

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

Report an injured animal to the police, who will contact the local person best able to help at the roadside. Do not approach injured animals as they may be dangerous. Nearby animals may also try to protect an injured member of their group

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

Sunset Today

If you're out on the moors, or just don't want to be on the pass after dark, sunset today is around 7:45pm

Good to Know

Planned Trunk Closures

M62 WB 8pm Mon 6 Apr

Road Policing

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


We've published 938 traffic reports and 1484 weather updates so far this week. We don't have the resources to verify these third party reports and apologise for any that may not be 100% accurate

Traffic Reports

A57 Snake Pass
Glossop to Ladybower

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

The last reported accident was 12 days ago

In the past year the pass has closed on 3 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Thursday 27th February


First Snow: Sun 27 Oct 2019
First Ice: Mon 28 Oct 2019

Last Snow: Fri 03 Apr 2020
Last Ice: Fri 03 Apr 2020


Pass last gritted: Fri 03 Apr 2020

Snow Closures

Over the winter (Nov 19 - Mar 20) the pass has been closed twice for a total of 13 hours due to snow. It has therefore been kept open to traffic for 99.99% of the time

Tue 25 Feb 20:54 (10 hours)
Thu 27 Feb 06:51 (3 hours)

E&OE: We compile these reports from live data automatically received from various organisations such as Inrix, 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

About this Page

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 the purposes or reports on this page, we define the Pass as the section of road between the Royal Oak Inn at Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton

Always referred to as the Snake Pass, its official name is Snake Road

Snake Pass from Glossop to LadybowerSnake Pass from Glossop to Ladybower


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 there is a speed restriction of 50mph between Glossop and Ladybower

A section of the pass alongside Ladybower Reservoir is a clearway

How this page works

Our systems 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 information updated on the page every couple of minutes

The page is fully automated. We don't stand around with a clipboard waiting for something to happen, but we are usually available to respond to traffic reports direct from drivers on the pass


The pass rises to nearly 1700ft at its exposed summit, so it's frequently affected by snow and ice in winter, fog and strong winds all year round

Because travel over the pass is so weather dependent, we take live reports from multiple sources to update drivers about conditions now and in the future

We combine data from the Met Office, highways sensors and independent weather stations, all between Manchester & Sheffield, to keep our pages automatically updated

It is acknowledged that using worst-case scenarios can over-emphasise poor weather, but we feel the advantages of using so many data sources outweigh the occasional exaggeration of current weather conditions

Winter Closures

The Snake Pass has a reputation for closing at first sight of a single snowflake, but this is a complete fallacy

Admittedly, it may seem strange that the pass is closed when both Glossop and Ladybower are basking in winter sunshine. However, conditions on the pass can be completely different just a few hundred feet higher on the exposed, steep & winding sections over the summit

Additionally, as a named transpennine 'A' road, closures are always reported on TV, radio & in the press, while other local closures usually go un-reported

In our experience the pass is rarely closed due to snow until significant difficulties arise and vehicles crash, become stranded or are abandoned

In 2017/18 the pass was closed on fourteen occasions but kept open for over 89% of the winter

In 2018/19 is was closed six times but kept open for nearly 97% of the winter

The pass does close in winter, but not as often as is thought