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Slippery Stones walk (linear, 2.8km): pram friendly

Slippery Stones walk (linear, 2.8km): pram friendly

Slippery Stones is a beautiful stone bridge over the River Derwent, north of Howden Reservoir. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic and wild swim on a warm day, and the footpath to get here from the road is pram-friendly.

This Slippery Stones walk is one of our shorter pram-friendly walks in the Peak District, and affords incredible scenery. But not only is the walk stunning, the drive to get to the start is equally stunning; the narrow road winds along the western shore of Derwent and Howden Reservoirs through the pine forest. This is especially striking in the autumnal months.

Please note that the road to get to the start of this walk is closed on Sundays (and sometimes in icy weather conditions). If the road is closed you have to park at the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre (10km away).

This is a linear walk (1.4km each way). However, you can continue along the footpath that loops right around Howden Reservoir and then Derwent Reservoir. The full loop is 16.4km and pram friendly, with 6.7km along road and a few steep hills along the way.

On the drive back back Derwent Reservoir, it’s worth pulling in and stopping at the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to do the short walk up to the front of the Derwent Dam(very impressive in full flow). There’s also a short nature trail here with carved woodland creatures. This too is pram friendly, and there are also toilets and a café. Or you may like to do our pram friendly circular Ladybower Reservoir walk, which starts from the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre.

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When planning your visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds if visiting over sunny weekends or school holidays. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs, and park your car in designated parking areas. Also, please use these walks as a guide; access and stiles may change.


PARKING INFORMATION: Please do not rely solely on the postcode for parking directions. In the National Park, a postcode can cover a large area. Postcodes are only provided as guidance. Please either use the Google Maps point or what3words, which are provided on every walk guide.

Do check out our top tips for hiking with young kids, as well as our essential items to take on a family hike in the Peak District.

Slippery Stones walk
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Slippery Stones walk map

On all Peak District family walks it’s a good idea to have an Ordnance Survey paper map with you, even if you have your phone on you. For this walk you need the OS Explorer Map OL 01 (Dark Peak). It’s also a good opportunity to show young kids the map features and get them started with map reading.

This Slippery Stones walk is a linear walk.

Slipper Stones OS Map
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Get a printable download of this walk

Want to print off this walk guide rather than rely on your mobile? Then click here to download the PDF to print out at home. Perhaps print out a copy for the kids to follow the step-by-step directions and/or photos? It’s a great way to get them engaged with the walk and gives them a sense of responsibility.

All printable downloads are £1.50 each. Click here for the full list of Peak District Kids printable downloads.

Please note that your download link expires 72 hours from order, so make sure you save your PDF somewhere where you’ll remember it. If you are unsure where your download folder is on your mobile device, we recommend you download the PDF on your laptop or desktop.

Need to know

DISTANCE OF WALK: 2.8km (1.4km each way) | 1.2 mile (1.1 mile each way)

TYPE OF WALK: linear, woodland, pram friendly

PARKING: Parking is at the end of the road along the western shoreline of Howden Reservoir. Turn your car around the small roundabout and park on the layby on the left. Click here for location on Google Maps, postcode S33 0BB. Please aim to arrive early on sunny Saturdays and school holidays as parking is limited.

WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Views across Howden Reservoir, pine forest, Slippery Stones bridge, and a paddle (or dip!) in the River Derwent.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: Allow 1.5 hours total for this walk, longer if the kids want a paddle and you’re bringing a picnic.

TOTAL ASCENT: 33 metres

ACCESSIBILTY: Pram friendly gravel footpath with a slight incline. There are no stiles.

FACILITIES: There are no facilities at the start of this walk or on this walk. For toilets and café, stop at Upper Derwent Visitor Centre on the way to or from the walk starting point.

Slippery Stones parking
Parking at the end of the road for Slippery Stones. This road is CLOSED on a Sunday.

The route

START: End of road along western side of Howden Reservoir
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SK 1677 9387
Post code: S33 0BB
what3words: ///tokens.toads.sweep
This is a linear walk.

1. Follow the footpath that continues from the end of the road. Please note that dogs must a kept on leads at all times.

Slippery Stones walk

2. Cross the stream and continue the path straight ahead and uphill. This footpath levels out.

3. Keep continuing straight ahead until you meet two wooden gates and Slippery Stones Bridge comes into view. Walk through the closest wooden gate on the right and follow this down to the bridge.

4. You can continue along the footpath over the other side of Slippery Stone Bridge. This leads right around both Howden and Derwent Reservoirs in a loop back to your car (16.4km, pram friendly). Otherwise, if it’s just a short pram friendly walk today, turn back around and follow your footsteps back to the car.

Slippery Stones walk

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Want more ideas for family walks?
Best Family Walks in the Peak District
Pram Friendly Peak District walks
Toddler walks in the Peak District

Or, use the search walks page to find your perfect family walk.

Also, come and join our friendly Peak District Kids Facebook Group for any questions or to share photos of your walks.

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