It was supposed to be an exploratory meander around the reefs and stacks between Thurlestone and Hope Cove, but murky seas and swell put a stop to that. Far from 'swimming and staring' it was more of a head-down swim. The idea was to go through the 'eye of the needle' at Thurlestone Rock, and along the coastline to Hope; it was quite rough around the arch though, and so we (reluctantly) did the sensible thing and went round the outside. It was hard going at first, with a current against us, and it took me a while to settle down; there's always a bit of nervousness when it's a route you haven't done before. It got easier though and we enjoyed looking at the stick people on the cliffs above us as we swam. It was the first time I've worn a wetsuit for several months, and it felt like the start of Autumn.