This extraordinary place is famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and superb walks. From the simple beauty of the Lady's-slipper Orchid to the shining sands of Morecambe Bay, the area is simply awe-inspiring - full of natural spectacles and a surprise around every corner.
Visit the pretty village of Beetham to see limestone cottages and cobbled forecourts and take a step back into Medieval England. The church dates back to Norman times and the tower from the 12th century.
Beetham is also home to Heron Corn Mill, a Grade II* listed building and one of the few working mills in the area. It has been a base for local industry powered by renewable energy for over 900 years. A fascinating visitor attraction, the 14ft high waterwheel powers all the industrial heritage mill machinery whilst the newly installed hydropower turbine generates electricity and takes the site’s use of renewable energy into the 21st century.
A short walk from Beetham village through the woods will take you to the Fairy Steps. This flight of natural stone steps squeezed between two sheer rock faces is so named because, according to local legend, if you descend the steps without touching the sides, the fairies will grant your wish.
Please note there is no access to the Fairy Steps from Highcote Lane, Slackhead.