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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Pixies and fairies return to Cumbrian woods

The mysterious pixies and fairies of Gelt Woods have returned for their annual visit to Cumbria.

Gelt Wood pixies photo
People leave gifts outside the tiny woodland doorways

Every summer for the past few years, the mystical creatures have descended on Greenwell, a small corner of the woodland on the outskirts of Brampton, with tiny doorways into their homes appearing in trees and under walls.

Parents and children from all over the country flock to the scene, in the hope of catching a glimpse of the pixies.

They are even featured in a book entitled Paranormal Cumbria by Geoff Holder, alongside other famous Cumbrian mysteries like the Croglin Vampire and Solway Spaceman.

There have been a series of unconfirmed sightings of the fairies, but none of the creatures have ever been caught on camera.

That could change this time round, as the magical beings made their annual return this week – a little later than usual, because spring was late this year.

The pixies’ helper, who lives locally and must keep her identity secret, told the News & Star that about 18 have paid a visit this year.

She said: “Some of their spots from last year have been damaged so they have had to move to new places.

“Quite a few people have already come down to visit them and some people have even moved the pixies’ little boots from outside the front door to inside their houses!

“But there hasn’t been any notes or gifts left for them yet, so the word obviously hasn’t got completely out.”

Any ‘gifts’ or small donations are passed on to the Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle.

The pixies are expected to remain in the woods until September.

Have your say

My granddaughter 8 is coming to stay half term week, & was thinking we would visit gelt woods to see the fairies (I have them in my garden) but would have liked to show Daisy that they are around else where. Have they gone into hiding for the winter? Or is it possible to see at another location?
Love & fairy dust
Iris rogan

Posted by Iris rogan on 14 October 2013 at 08:16

I would love to take my grandchildren to see this. Can you give instruction on how to get there

Posted by Elizabeth Little on 11 June 2013 at 12:41

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