Visiting Beetham Fairy Steps Visiting Beetham Fairy Steps

Visiting Beetham Fairy Steps

Under 10 miles directly north of Hawthorns Park you’ll find the historic village of Beetham. Heading west from here, you can take the superb woodland walk to the landmark of Beetham Fairy Steps – a natural limestone staircase with a truly magical feel. It’s said that if you’re able to navigate successfully up and down the steps without touching the sides, you’ll be granted a special wish!


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The walk to Beetham Fairy Steps takes roughly an hour to fully explore and provides interest for visitors of most ages. Adults will enjoy the walk and history, and children will be intrigued by the fairy tale of what feels like a hidden secret. Discovery of an abandoned house along the way adds to the mystery of the walk. At the top of the steps you’ll be rewarded with great photo opportunities of the beautiful views stretching out towards the estuary into Morecambe Bay.


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The village of Beetham

Beetham is a quaint village of limestone cottages located in south Cumbria, part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Also in Beetham you’ll find St Michael’s Church, thought to be built in the 12th century and Heron Corn Mill – a working mill with giant waterwheel.


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The Wheatsheaf Pub

The Wheatsheaf Pub in Beetham is perfectly situated to enjoy refreshments and a bite to eat after exploring. If you prefer afternoon tea, Beetham Garden Cafe is not far from the pub and also worth a visit.

Getting to Beetham Fairy Steps

A good starting point from the village of Beetham is The Wheatsheaf Pub car park. There is also limited parking available in the village and near the church. You’ll head across a field and then steadily uphill via the pathway, signposted along the way. There are several different routes to take, each ranging in difficulty. The walk is probably not suitable for very young children as it covers muddy fields and a rocky climb. It’s worth approaching with extra care on wet days as the steps are likely to be slippery.

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