Wednesday, 28th July 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Gait Barrows Nature Reserve, visiting Hazelslack Tower, the Fairy Steps, Hawes Water and Arnside Tower
Start Point: Car park near Black Dyke Crossing Grid Reference: SD 465 783
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: <1,000 feet
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Scroll down to see photos of the walk

On route to the Fairy Steps via the Limestone Link

 

 

Take Carr Bank for the Fairy Steps

 

The ruins of Hazelslack Tower

 

Still on route for the Fairy Steps

 

Information about the Fairy Steps or Coffin Route which states:

Please do not stray away from the way-marked route.
The public right of way passes up and down the ? steps.
However because the passage is very narrow the land-owner, Dallam Park Estate, has allowed an alternative concessionary route as shown on the map. This route is clearly marked with way-marker posts in the ground.
The path over Fairy Steps used to be known locally as 'The Coffin Route', as Arnside Parish had to carry their deceased to consecrated ground in Beetham.
Folk lore has it that if you can climb the steps without touching the sides then you will see a fairy!

 

A tight fit - a bit narrow for a coffin

 

Hazelnuts

 

Arnside viaduct over the River Kent

 

John acting as back marker

 

A quaint name

 

Walking through a rain soaked meadow

 

Lunch in the rain under the trees between East and West Coppice

 

An overgrown path near Hawes Water

 

Approaching Hawes Water

 

Arnside Peel Tower

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