If you’re near Beetham in Cumbria, UK you should take a detour to the legendary fairy steps. Local legend has it that if you make it to the top of the fairy steps without touching the sides, the fairies will grant you one wish. One wish! You’re thinking of wishing for unlimited wishes. I hope… The challenge issued doesn’t surprise me, as fairies are deviant and love a good thrill. The famed Fairy Steps are located just south of Beetham in the southern area of Cumbria, situated just 15 minutes from the Lake District.
Carved into a giant boulder, the fairy steps were once part of one of the Lake District’s corpse trails. These trails were a route to transport the coffins of the dead. It was on these trails where the deceased would be carried to their burial at the nearby churchyard. In fact, you can still see some of the iron rings used to thread the ropes to haul the coffins up the rock face.
The legend of the Fairy Steps is one of many fairy legends stemming from the Cumbria region of England which is also no stranger to boggles and holy wells. These fairy steps are not a sacred fairy site, but still a fun legend to pass on when hiking in the Cumbria region.
As I researched this location, I came upon this resource, a PDF of EXACTLY how to access the fairy steps.
If you head to the Fairy Steps, please feel free to share your experience below in the comments section. Be sure to tell me what you wished for if you complete the challenge 😉
As always your experience, suggestions and questions are enjoyed. Happy fairytale travels!