Caldbeck is closely associated with neighbouring village Hesket Newmarket, which is 1.5 mi (2 km) to the east. The nearest town is Wigton, 7.8 mi (13 km) north west of the village, Carlisle is 13.8 mi (22 km) to the north, Cockermouth is 17 mi (27 km) to the south and Penrith is 15.7 mi (25 km) to the east.
The parish church is dedicated to St. Kentigern.
Caldbeck's closest fell is High Pike.
" 'The cold stream'; ON 'kaldr', 'bekkr'. The village and parish are named from the 'Cald Beck'..."  (ON=Old Norse). " 'bekkr'...is the usual Lakeland name for 'stream', occurring some 200 times..."
Caldbeck transmitting station
The Caldbeck transmitting station is 2 mi (3 km) outside of the village. The Caldbeck transmitting station is a 1,106 ft television and radio broadcasting station that covers most of northern Cumbria and south west Scotland.
Also located further outside the village is the Sandale transmitting station.
Northern Fells Group
Prince Charles has visited the village several times in recent times, overseeing the launch of the Northern Fells Rural Project, and in later years the end of the project, which became the Northern Fells Group.
- Chris Bonington, the climber lives in the village
- Julia Marlowe, the American Shakespearean actress was born in Caldbeck, daughter of the 1860s village shoemaker.
- John Peel, the huntsman is Caldbeck's most infamous/famous former resident, his grave is in the local churchyard.
- Eddie Stobart
- Edward Stobart
- William Stobart
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Whaley, Diana (2006). A dictionary of Lake District place-names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society. pp. lx, 423 p.63. ISBN 0904889726.
- Whaley, 2006, p.389
- "Caldbeck Parish Council".
- Caldbeck Characters 1995 p.25 ISBN 0952600900