5 to try: wild swimming spots

5 to try: wild swimming spots c The Wild Guide

The health benefits of swimming (yes even in cold water) are manifold and it’s a wonderful way to really experience a place and get a close-up view of nature. September offers one of the best months for both fresh water and salt water swimming, having had months to warm up the sands, rocks and water. Whether looking to have a splash at the beach or swim like an otter in the river we share 5 wild swimming spots to try in Cornwall.

Porthtowan Tidal Pool, St Agnes
Wonderful, secluded tidal pool set among the cliffs, 300m to the north east of the main beach. At low tide you can walk along the sands to Chapel Porth.
(50.2902, -5.2435)

Respryn Bridge, River Fowey, Bodmin
A magical place on a sunny day, with dappled light reflecting on the river as it flows briskly through the woods. There are wooden, bankside decks (for fishing) and a beachy shingle area by the lower footbridge (also good for Pooh Sticks). It’s up to 2 metres deep in sections and fun to swim against the current.
(50.4391, -4.6795)

Lansallos Cove, Fowey
This is a perfect family cove with an incredible smugglers’ passage hewn from rocks. It’s a short walk past the church down a pretty fern-lined, wooded coombe from the charming National Trust hamlet and campsite.
(50.3319, -4.5785)

Goldiggins Quarry, Minions, Bodmin Moor
A secret, crystal clear spring-fed quarry lake, out on the open moors but hidden in a small grassy amphitheatre studded with wild flowers. There are lots of flat rock ledges for jumping.
(50.5248, -4.4711)

Daymer Bay & St Enodoc, Trebetherick
Idyllic sands with warm tidal waters and safe swimming. The charming 15th century St Enodoc church, much loved by poet laureate John Betjeman, lies in the dunes behind.
(50.5550, -4.9281)

As you enjoy the natural environment there are dangers to be aware of especially while you spend time around the coast. Please read these Beach Safety Tips

Wild Guide 2013, cover photo
Discover ancient forests, lost ruins, secret coves, enjoy the best local produce and find the best secluded places to stay. Perfect for getting off the beaten track this summer and for planning some Famous Five style adventures. Wild Guide Devon, Cornwall and the Southwest is published by Wild Things. Available for £14.99 from http://wildguide.net/wild-guide-book/


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