Thursday, 7 June 2012
Watcombe is a tucked-away beach in Torquay, where Channel swimmers regularly train. Many people are put off by the walk down, and even more by the steep walk back up. It is a perfect little cove, with many devotees, including Paul, a diver who runs the cafe purely as a hobby and a way of spending time there; he swears his coffees and teas, at just 70p, are the cheapest in the Bay. We nattered for ages, with Paul telling amazing stories about the phosphorescence you can see here at night on warm days in September. Today the sea was finally flat after days of surf and mess from the Easterly winds. Matt and I swam north out of the cove and found a really exciting swim-through channel, suffused with light underwater. Glorious. I'll definitely be back in September for a night swim.