This route goes through a wonderfully remote area and offers the modern fell walker that illusive seclusion most of us crave. I suspect however, the people who regularly used this route to transport goods using packhorse trains or the Drovers who took their cattle and sheep through here would have preferred it to be a little less bleak and a little drier under foot. I also suspect that due to regular use by such large numbers of animals, the route was more distinct in those days than it is now.
There were a couple of different options for the Drover to use but this route was definitely in regular use and does provide as straightforward a route as you could expect across this area. This route was the final leg of a series of passes and roads used to link the cattle and sheep fairs held on the west coast with the main road running from Scotland to the major cities of England; all of which needed meat.