Our next stop was Castle Howe, near Bassenthwaite Lake. According to legend, a man was once climbing to the top of the fort on the hill, when he stumbled and overturned a rock. He continued on but happened to look back, and saw a man dressed in green sitting on the rock that he had overturned. When he looked again, the man had disappeared.
Another story tells of some children who were digging on the hill when they found a hut with a slate roof. When they returned to the same spot after lunch the hut had disappeared, though their spades were exactly how they had left them so they knew they were in the right spot. A few days later the children's father was walking his dog on the hill. He spotted two small people dressed in green, and for some reason decided to set his dog upon them. The dog ran forwards then stopped in its tracks in front of them, and backed away to his master. The small people then stepped into the ground, never to be seen again!
Sources and Further Information
The Secret Country, Janet & Colin Bord