Swimming and exploring South Devon, from Dartmoor to the sea
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Storms at Sharrah
It was a beautiful sunny day, the birds were singing and it felt springlike, which always makes we want to return to Sharrah Pool on the Dart for what I think of as my annual baptism: making friends with the river again after winter. As we started our trudge along the bank though, grey clouds started to gather which got progressively darker, before dumping down what seemed like sackloads of hailstones. At the pool, we huddled under a holly bush for a bit and then I decided to take the plunge. The river was in spate, with multiple trails of white foam curling around each other; quite beautiful. I slid in and was surprised to find it didn't feel cold. The river gently pulled me into its embrace and sucked me in; I let myself be swept along before turning around and swimming back against the flow which was hard work. The cold hit me a little later than usual and when I got out everything felt numb.