A path that has been trodden for hundreds of years passes through this limestone fisure known as the Fairy Steps.
The legend is that if you can climb the steps without touching the sides then you will see a fairy and they may if asked grant a wish (although I would be wary as fairies are notoriously tricksy). I think only a fairy would be able flutter up here and accomplish this task as not only does it narrow in there is also a high step in the middle that requires leverage unless one has extra long legs. In past times this was the old coffin route between Arnside and Beetham and the iron rings through which ropes were threaded to haul the coffin up are still visible. There are many coffin or corpse routes throughout Cumbria as although there were many churches in remote areas only certain ones (the mother church) held burial rights so the corpse had to be transported, sometimes long distances across wild country, and of course they all have legends of fairy folk or devils associated with them. From Arnside to Beetham I would guess the distance would be about five miles and it is wooded and not particularly wild or exposed (depending on the season) but manoeuvring a coffin would certainly slow one down. Apart from not touching the sides of the Fairy Steps it is said that if you have the second sight then you will be able to see them.