The industrious hand of man is evident along most of this route. More so on the Coniston side where centuries of mining and quarrying have left huge scars on the fellside, and although it may not be to the same extent, the Duddon Valley side did not remain unscathed. Anyone with an interest in old mines and quarries will love the walk over here.
Even in the most dire of conditions it's hard to imagine anyone loosing their way along this track. Perhaps with the exception of walking through deep snow in a blizzard.
These days the only wheeled vehicles using this pass are mountain bikers and off road motor vehicles. In the past however, slate from the quarries would have been transported down on horse and cart. Thank heavens the metalled road at each side of the pass ends in a sensible place, otherwise there would be a car park, an ice cream van and litter at the top.