This area north of Keswick is a mountainous mass entirely separate from other Lake District hills and completely surrounded by roads. Although Skiddaw and Blencathra dominate the area and are more popular than ever, the Caldbeck and Uldale Fells are still remote and almost as quiet as when AW produced his book in 1962. The only fell on which he saw other people then was Carrock Fell. As for the rest, ‘nobody, not a soul, not once.’
To many walkers an added interest in this area at the ‘Back o’ Skidda’ are the remains of the mineral mines especially in the Roughton Gill area. Some of the tracks and paths used today were put there by the miners who AW suggests may have also been responsible for some of the exotic names on the map – names like Trusmadoor, Brandy Gill and Candleseaves Bog and many more.