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A57 Snake Pass
Updated: 5:52pm
Last Winter
Closed: 3.09%
Open: 96.91%

Snake Pass Open

High Moorland Fire Risk
Take Precautions to Prevent Fire

Pass Traffic
Temporary Traffic Lights
Minor Westbound Delays
Minor Eastbound Delays
Extra Biker Traffic

Through Traffic
Major Roadworks through Glossop
Minor Westbound Delays
Minor Eastbound Delays

No reports M60, M56

Increased Accident Risk
Weekends: 55%

The pass is open, have a safe journey this afternoon

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

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Need to Know

Planned Closure

The pass will be closed to all traffic from Monday 22nd July to Friday 2nd August, 2019

High Moorland Fire Risk

The moorland remains tinder dry and very easily ignited

Despite some rain on the pass on Saturday the risk of fire remains high

Although there is some rain in the forecast today, the risk level remains high until the impact has been assessed

Please continue to 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

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

Campfires & BBQs are currently banned in the Peak District National Park and controlled burning ceased on the 15th April

Parking on the Pass

Please park OFF the carriageway
Don't block gates or access roads
Watch out for soft verges

It's an offence to PARK on the carriageway where the road is marked with central double white lines, even if the broken white line is on your side of the road

It's an offence STOP on the carriageway in the designated clearway alongside Ladybower Reservoir

Planned Roadworks

There are temporary lights on the pass near Hagg Farm due to a carriageway collapse

Major roadworks on the A57 Dinting Vale through Glossop until 24th May

Temporary lights at Rivelin listed until 22nd May


Traffic towards Manchester
Sheffield Ring Rd to M60

Minor Westbound Delays
Usual for this time of day
1 hour 29 minutes

A57 Sheffield
Snake Pass
M67 Motorway

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to Sheffield Ring Rd

Minor Eastbound Delays
Usual for this time of day
1 hour 36 minutes

M67 Motorway
Snake Pass
A57 Sheffield


Cloudy this afternoon
Temperature now ≈ 10°c
Pass Forecast

3:51pm A rather cloudy start to the day with cloud expected to cover summits with chance of mist in valleys for a time around dawn. During the morning turning brighter with sunny spells. A few showers developing by the afternoon, and these may turn rather heavy giving a low risk of lightning. Winds mostly light. from the northwest, but brisker across summits for the afternoon. Cloud perhaps clearing during the evening with showers dying out.


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

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M54, M48

Events Today

Great Manchester Run & Tatton Park


Think Bike!

Extra biker traffic on the pass this afternoon

12 serious bike accidents on pennine routes in the past month

Snake or Woodhead?

The Snake Pass accident rate is 1.57 times higher than the Woodhead Pass

Increased Accident Risk

Of the 20 serious accidents we have reported on the Snake Pass in the last 12 months, 55% occurred at weekends

Most accidents on the pass are the result of 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 seven minutes

Please drive sensibly, not like this ...

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Safety Cameras

The speed limit on the pass is 50mph

Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership mobile speed cameras will be on the A6016 on random days until 22nd May

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

Deer-related vehicle accidents peak at this time of year, as young deer disperse and increasingly cross roads to look for their own territories. Deer are more likely to be encountered around dawn and after nightfall, particularly along wooded stretches of the pass on the Sheffield side

Sheep must be expected at any time of the year

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 an injured animal as it may be dangerous

Dead animals on the Snake should be reported to HPBC on 01298 28400, or the Police on 101 if 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 9:03pm

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)

Individual Reports

Manchester Connectors

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

The last reported accident was 16 days ago

In the last 12 months the pass has been closed on 4 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

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


First Winter Snow: Tue 20 Nov 2018
Last Winter Snow: Fri 10 May 2019

First Winter Ice: Tue 20 Nov 2018
Last Winter Ice: Fri 10 May 2019


Pass last gritted: Sat 04 May 2019

Snow Closures

Over the winter (Nov 18 - Mar 19) the pass has been closed on 6 occasions for a total of 116 hours due to snow. It has therefore 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

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 here 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

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