Swimming and exploring South Devon, from Dartmoor to the sea
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Dawn at the Hindu Temples of Torbay
Sometimes you just have to have faith that a plan will work. Back in the real world, that was proving a little difficult when I opened the front door at 05:15 to a depressing Dartmoor drizzle. It had all seemed such a magical idea: a swim at sunrise in Torquay. We would drift through a set of sea caves, dubbed the "Hindu Temples" by "Water Babies" author Charles Kingsley, as the sun's rays lit up their mysterious interiors. We tried not to feel disheartened as we set off through the damp darkness, but then the mood changed as the ever optimistic English cry of "it's brightening up over there" rang through the car. On arrival, there was the faintest pink tinge on the horizon in the east, and as we got changed it got more and more intense. Into the water, and the colours were changing all the time; as the sky turned from pink to burnt orange and back. Inside the caves, the water was petrol blue against the terracotta sandstone. We swam on, over reefs festooned with weed, watching fish dart in and out, and shoals of sand eels swirling around. Then it was out for a fry-up on the handily-placed flat rocks overlooking the sea.