Top Ten Swim Spots: South West Edition

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Everybody's opinion on this varies, but here are my own personal favourite swim spots in Cornwall and Devon.

1. Prussia and Pisky Cove
These tiny coves are right next to one another and are crystal clear and great for swimming. Situated in between Helston and Penzance, there is a tiny car park for Prussia Cove a ten minute walk away. Read the full article here.

Prussia Cove
Pisky Cove

2. Pedn Vounder and Porthcurno
The swimming along this stretch of coastline is incredible. In between Pedn (nudist beach with tidal lagoons) and Porthcurno there are secret little inlets and tidal beaches to explore. Beware, on some days there can be a bit of a swell here, so don't go expecting it to be flat. For more information click here.


3. River Dart
Beautiful swimming in this atmospheric river. There are pools of all shapes and sizes all along the Dartmoor river stretch. Access from Newbridge car park a short drive from the village of Ashburton. Plenty of campsites nearby.



4. Battery Rocks and Jubilee Pool
This is my hometown swim spot. Around the back of this pool are steps carved out from the rocks, providing access in to deep, and normally calm, waters. You can dive straight in to the water here and go for a long swim if that's your thing. Alternatively, if you want less of a wild swim, then pop in to Jubilee Pool, which is life guarded and has good facilities. This spot is easily accessible from the town of Penzance.



5. Carbis Bay
A calm flat bay with white sands and clear waters. This place is good for snorkeling around the rocks and long sea swims. Ignore the hideous construction going on just beyond the beach!



6. Foggintor Quarry
One of the first places I swam in Dartmoor; beautiful and atmospheric, the water is clear and surrounded by high cliff walls. We walked to get here, but I believe this spot is also accessible from the road.


7. Kynance Cove
Beware! This spot is Cornwall's worst kept secret and is often inundated by crowds. Go early or out of season. Easily accessible, there is a car park at the top of the beach.


8. Portherras Cove
Beautiful water and a bit wilder than the other beaches. I love this place in the height of summer for a bit of peace and quiet.


9. Bakers Pit (Georgia's Lake)
Great ex quarry with easy access to the water. Can be fun in the summer for floaties and jumps. Near to the village on Nancledra, drive down the tiny road and park up on the side.


10. Nanjizal Sea Caves
These serene tidal caves are beautiful and remote. For the full experience walk along the cliff path to get here, it's a short walk from Lands End or Porthgwarra. Read the full article here.


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