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, and located only fifteen minutes from the Lake District.

St Michael’s Church is an antique Gothic edifice, consisting of nave, chancel, and side aisles, with a tower, in which are three bells. The tower dates from the late 12th century, and a stained glass window, thought to date from the 15th century, depicts King Charles I flanked by St Oswald and St Alban.

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

Beetham Hall, now a farm house, was once a large fortified mansion with a spacious park, where the remains of a lodge may still be seen.

In the village is the historic Wheatsheaf Inn.

The Heron Theatre in Stanley Street is a small theatre housed in a listed building. It was originally one of the old two-room Grammar schools of the 18th century. The attractive heron sculpture is the work of local artist, Paul Woodmass and the theatre was officially opened by H.R.H Princess Alexandra in July 2001.

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

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.

Useful Links & Telephone Numbers

Explore South Lakeland -

Storth Village Website - 

Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) -

Lake District National Park (a) -

Lake District National Park (b) -

Yorkshire Dales National Park - 

To find local Jobcentre Plus offices -

Useful Numbers

Stoneleigh Surgery Tel: 01539 563307

Park View Surgery Tel: 015395 63327

Westmorland General Hospital Tel: 01539 732288

Royal Lancaster Infirmary Tel: 01524 65944

Dallam School Tel: 015395 65165 

Milnthorpe Family Centre Tel: 015395 64090

Storth C of E Primary School Tel: 015395 62517

Milnthorpe Primary School Tel: 015395 62344

Beetham Primary School Tel: 015395 62515

Queen Elizabeth School (QES) Tel: 015242 71275

Kendal College Tel: 01539 814700

Lancaster & Morecambe College Tel: 01524 66215

Milnthorpe Library Tel: 015395 63040

Market Supervisor Tel: 01539 563719

Milnthorpe Cricket Club Tel: 015395 63072

Cumbria County Council Tel: 01228 606060

South Lakeland District Council Tel: 0845 050 4434  

Useful Information and Numbers


Need legal or other advice

Cumbria Rural CAB Tel: 01539 446464 / 015395 33100 

Kendal CAB Tel: 01539 738772 

Local Councillors - Cllr David Ryder Tel: 65716

Tim Farron MP Tel: 01539 723403


You need respite care

Age UK South Lakeland Tel: 01539 728180

Adult Social Care Tel: 01539 713377

South Lakeland Carers Tel: 01539 815970


St Thomas's Church Tel: 015395 63125 

Christ the King Church Tel: 015395 62387

Milnthorpe Methodist Church (Secretary) Tel: 015395 62985


Out of Hours Doctor - Cumbria Health on Call 6.30pm - 8.00pm Monday to Friday Any time Saturday, Sunday and all Bank Holidays Tel: 03000 247247

Doctor - Feel unwell but don't want to call your GP - NHS Direct - any time Tel: 0845 4647 or speak to the Pharmicist at your local pharmacy

Emergancy: ambulance - Health emergency - Health emergency Tel: 999

Doctor - Advice about failing eyesight - Sight Advice South Lakes Visually Impaired Group Tel: 01539 742633

Doctor - Advice about hearing problems - DeafVision Tel: 01539 773131

Doctor - Find a dentist to register with NHS Dental Registration  Tel: 01228 602193

Doctor - Worried about dementia Talk to GP - Alzheimers Society Tel: 01539 742631

Doctor - Worried about mental health South Lakeland MIND Tel: 01539 740591

Doctor - Worried about cancer Macmillan Cancer Support (9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday) Tel: 0808 808 0000

Doctor - Worried about stroke Stroke Association (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) Tel: 0303 303 3100

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Beetham Parish Council
Brian Meakin. 8 Old Myse, Storth, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7HQ
Tel: 01539 565722
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