GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Fairy Steps Beetham Walk

4 miles (5.7 km)

This pretty Cumbrian village sits within the Arnside and Silverdale AONB, close to the border with Lancashire.
This circular walk from the village takes you to the wonderful limestone scenery at the Fairy Steps. The steps are located just west of the village and reacheable on the Limestone Link public footpath. The natural limestone staircase is a popular geological feature of the area. The challenge is to climb to the top of the narrow stairs without touching the sides. From the elevated position of the ridge there are some great views towards the Lake District mountains and the nearby Arnside Knott.
The trail will then take you through Underlaid Wood before picking up Dollywood Lane and Leighton Beck Road to return you to the village.

Postcode

LA7 7AP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Beetham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Beetham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Beetham

Pubs/Cafes

The Beetham Nurseries and Garden Centre is a lovely place for some post walk relaxation and refreshment. The centre has a fine cafe with a good range of meals and snacks. You can also enjoy a stroll around the fragrant gardens where you will find a splendid variety of plants and flowers. You can find them on Pool Darkin Lane with a postcode of LA7 7AP for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and hills make for a fine walk for fit dogs. The garden centre mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north there's the neighbouring market town of Milnthorpe. Here you can enjoy a lovely walk along Milnthorpe Sands to the River Kent Estuary and the wonderful topiary at Levens Hall.

Photos

Stanley Street, Beetham - geograph.org.uk - 3728414

Stanley Street, Beetham

Fairy Steps - geograph.org.uk - 150648

Fairy Steps. A geological feature of limestone pavement. If you can reach the top of the steps without touching the sides then your wish will be granted. You need to be thin as a rake and very agile!

Looking West from The Fairy Steps - geograph.org.uk - 328905

Looking West from The Fairy Steps. Arnside Knott beyond the trees

Fairy Steps - geograph.org.uk - 328893

On the top of Whin Scar. The steps are in the cleft.

Dollywood Lane - geograph.org.uk - 2348839

Dollywood Lane

Cairn, Whin Scar - geograph.org.uk - 3339303

Cairn, Whin Scar

The Wheatsheaf at Beetham - geograph.org.uk - 1247802

The Wheatsheaf at Beetham

Beetham Hall - geograph.org.uk - 862919

Beetham Hall. The Hallis a 14th-century fortified manor house, now largely ruined, adjoining later buildings. It lies to the south east of the village.

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