In Slack Head, England, a set of stone stairs leads the unsuspecting through two rock faces. What lies on the other end? Fairies who will grant you a wish? Witches? Ghosts?
In fact, hundreds of years ago these tiny steps were created to carry coffins up the narrow pass and lead people to church. Anyone trying to get to church would have to scale the Beetham Fell. How people managed to squeeze themselves and coffins through this gap blows my mind. There are iron rings buried into the rock if you look close enough that were placed back in the day to have rope slung through to help the coffin process. In 1866 though a church was built closer to the town and the steps were no longer needed.
This meant they became over time a local legend. Fairy folk lore is huge in England and so naturally the legend had to involve fairies. It was said that if you could walk through this stone stairway without touching the rocks on either side, fairies would grant you whatever wish you desired. Flocks of people would descend upon the steps hoping to get their dreams come true. This was in the Victorian days when the belief in spirits and the occult was the next hot thing.
Nowadays the steps are just a nice walk to take. The stretch of path through the woods that leads to the steps are filled with fairy decorations and fairy doors which is really cute. And some people say if you have the third eye you can even see fairies dancing on the steps themselves.
So go visit the fairy steps today and if you make a secret wish while you climb, you never know…it may come true…