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A lovely plunge pool, busy on bank holidays and weekends, is at SK 168 950. During the week the road is open up to Kings Tree SK 167 937, but at weekends you have to park at Fairholmes SK 171 892 and get the bus. From Kings Tree you carry on up the valley on a forestry road for about half a mile and then the pool is about 200m up the river from the stone bridge.
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  • Added: 03/08/2017

    Slippery Stones is a lovely spot with the pool a couple of hundred metres upstream of a pack horse bridge (which has good paddling opportunities). In the summer access restrictions leave you with a long walk or cycle from the visitor centre at Fairholmes unless you are a blue badge holder. I don’t think it’d be worth the walk as the road around the reservoir would be a long and boring slog of about 8km each way to King’s Tree and a further 1km to the swimming spot. But it would be an easy (and family-friendly) cycle, or choose a time when the access restrictions aren’t in force. There is a bike hire place at the visitor centre.

    The path from King’s Tree is well surfaced with some gentle hills and was easy to follow. From there, follow the main path until the cycle way turns right up hill – you want to cross the small wooden bridge then follow the grassy path left.

    If travelling by car, the postcode for the visitor centre is S33 0AQ. For GPS, King’s Tree (parking spot/turning circle) is 53.441302, -1.749125. The pool itself is 53.454616, -1.747259, you can find it on bing (with OS mapping) at https://binged.it/2hqsbKp , with the visitor centre and King’s Tree also marked.

    The pool was a pretty decent size – enough to actually swim a bit when I visited. It’s surrounded by nice banks for picnics (though bring a blanket as there’s quite a lot of duck poo!). In the summer this area will get pretty busy.

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  • Added: 21/11/2017

    Amazing spot for wild swimming - deep plunge pool with plenty of places to jump from (check the pool first for hazards and rocky ledges). Have seen the air ambulance take a patient who jumped from the high bank and landed in the shallows.

    Can get busy which doesn't bother me as it's great to see people enjoying wild swimming. On the downside there is often litter and remains of campfires so bring a bin bag and leave no trace : )

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