Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wild Swimming - Slippery Stones




Chances are that if you live in Sheffield you have heard of Slippery Stones. During long summer evenings or the hottest day of the year, it seems to come up in conversations quite a lot. I have only recently gone for the first time and was surprised as to just how lovely the place is. There is a small pool of water where the water is deep enough to jump into and have a little dip. This little pool represents Peak District really well- dark peaty coloured water surrounded by moorlands and hills. It really feels strangely magical out there.



To jump or not to jump? 

How to get there 

From Sheffield - Drive or cycle to Ladybower and turn right towards Howden Reservoir.  Park at Fairholmes car park. If you don't have a car or you don't feel like cycling up, there are buses from Sheffield all the way to the car park. From there it is about 6 km walk or a bike ride. During the week you will actually be able to continue to drive further up the road to Kings Tree where the road ends. From this point, it's about 1km walk. Follow the path and just after a little bridge turn left and walk up the stream. The track from Kings Tree is more suitable for off road bikes although it has seen some desperate road bikes before.



Dangers 


Watch out for the slippery stones, I guess the clue is in the name. The water seems good quality and the water levels vary depending on rainfall. As always with wild swimming, do your research and exercise caution. Other than that, enjoy the experience! 
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