To do this they would follow paths and tracks up the hill then clamber up the Fairy Steps, most likely having to breathe in tight to squeeze through the tight gaps in the fissure the steps ascend through (the gap is not much bigger than a foot in several places).
The fact that Arnside was in the Beetham parish also meant that the dead would have to be taken over the fell to be buried in the church also. This meant coffins would be carried up the hill and then lifted up to the top of rocks at Fairy Steps. This was done using ropes and pulleys attached to metal rings hammered into the rock.
Fairy Steps remained though and have been used ever since by walkers and climbers alike to reach both Arnside and Beetham or for the fun of clambering these wonderful little steps!
I highly recommend a wander up the hill from either Arnside or Beetham to see and climb these lovely little Fairy Steps, it's great fun! Why not try and ascend without touching the sides too? If you succeed do let me know if the fairies came and granted your wish! If they do I may have to go back and try harder...