The ways in and out of Patterdale by bridle pass and packhorses were quite numerous and as most people kept fell ponies for riding, people could get about if they wished. The pack horse tracks were only 5 feet wide and the bridges no wider.
Celia Fiennes said that ‘There could be no carriages but only very narrow ones like wheelbarrows, that with a horse, they convey their fuel and all things else. They also use horses on which they have a sort of Pannier, some closed some open, that they strew full of hay, turf, lime or dung, and everything they would use, and the reason is plain from the narrowness of the roads; where there is good lands they will lose as little as they can, and where it is hilly and stony no other carriage can pass so they use these carriages and an abundance of horses.
The little carts, whose wheels are fastened to the axletree and so turned altogether, they hold not above what 5 barrel loads would carry. Little boys and girls and women does go about with, drawn by one horse to carry anything they want’