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The Beetham Legend and Beetham Fairy Steps Walk

Looking for an interesting walk to capture the imagination of your kids? The legend of the Beetham Fairy Steps is quite a challenge but will be great fun for the younger members in your party!

Beetham Fairy Legend

copyright Dan Squires Photography Beetham Fairy Steps
According to the legend if you climb or descend the steps without touching the limestone sides of the narrow gully, the fairies will grant your wish.

It has been said that those who have 'second sight' can see the fairy folk skipping up the steps.

How the legend began no-one of course knows but what is known is that this route is part of one of the Lakeland's corpse trails used to carry the coffins from the more rural areas to the nearby church.

Several iron rings are visible on the sheer rock face and are thought to have been used to haul coffins for burial at the nearby church.

To find the fairy steps, take the path from Beetham village. The route climbs up Beetham Fell and at the second flight of stone you will see a narrow passage between two limestone rock faces.

This flight of natural stone stairs is where the legend begins.

Heron Corn Mill - Beetham

Heron Corn Mill, on the banks of the river Bela in Beetham, with its fourteen foot high water wheel, is a fascinating attraction in its own right, but is also a fabulous example of hydro-power. Dating right back to around 1220 the mill can still produce enough power to run the machines on site and staff at Heron Mill are very knowledgeable and happy to explain both the features of this renewable energy and the Mill's industrial past and if you are lucky you will be able to purchase milled grains direct from the stones themselves.

In addition to tours of the Mill the Barn is a great venue for an interesting variety of workshops from bread making science and art workshops which span across the ages.

Entry is via a donation Check here for directions and opening times.

Beetham Tea Rooms & Cafes

The Old Post Office Tea Rooms

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