Beetham

Beetham is a village of grey limestone cottages and cobbled forecourts in south Cumbria, just north of the border with Lancashire. It was once the centre of the ancient parish of Beetham. It is within the Silverdale and Arnside designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Heron Corn Mill, dating from about 1740, on the banks of the river Bela, is one of the few working mills in the area. The fourteen-foor high waterwheel powers all the machinery.

From the village a path climbs to Beetham fell and leads to the 'Fairy Steps'. The second of two flights of stone steps is so named because of a legend. Supposedly, if you climb the steps without touching the limestone sides of the narrow gully, the fairies will grant your wish.

On the same path between Arnside and Beetham are the ruins of Hazelslack tower, a 14th century fortified building beside a farmhouse.

The plant centre in the village, Beetham Nurseries, won a much coveted gold medal at the Tatton RHS show 2004.