Swimming and exploring South Devon, from Dartmoor to the sea
Sunday, 30 December 2012
picture by Jackie Wills
The moon is so fickle. Every month I attempt a moonlit swim; I rarely achieve it. Last night we had yet another go. Jackie, Allan, Yaara and I met at Anstey's Cove, in Torquay; on the way over, Yaara and I had watched the moon rise over Newton Abbot - it was huge and orangey and low in the sky. As we approached Torquay though, it started to pour with rain. Down at the cove the moon was obscured by a huge cloud, though it did come out for about four seconds, raising our hopes momentarily. We decided to try our luck at Meadfoot, as it was too dark to get down to the sea at Anstey's safely. At Meadfoot the moon remained stubbornly stuck behind a cloud; the sea was lively, with big waves crashing onto the prom. We ran in, and bobbed in the obscure grey light. After swimming around, vainly hoping for the moon to appear, we came out. Just as we were finishing changing it emerged majestically above the clouds, casting a silvery beam on the sea.