The fairy steps - Beetham - Cumbria.
A pleasant uphill stroll through the peaceful woods above the Lakeland village of Beetham leads to a tranquil little grotto, where a curious flight of tiny stone steps squeezes its way between the bulk of two sheer rock faces. Tradition has it that elfin craftsmen constructed this strange formation and, as a result, for as long as anyone can remember they have been known as the fairy steps.
It is said that if you make a wish as you begin the descent, and reach the bottom without having touched the sides, your wish will be granted. Sadly, only someone whose stature matches that of a fairy stands any chance of accomplishing the impossible feat, and those who attempt it would be better employed keeping a keen eye peeled for a more menacing inhabitant of thos idyllic spot. He is a demon dog known as ‘the Cappel’, and he prowls this rocky lair when the receding light of the day has plunged the glade into nebulous shadow. To encounter his sinister form is an omen of approaching bad luck. But to gaze into his fiery eyes, hear his low baleful growl and smell his stinking breath is a portent of certain death!
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