Wednesday, 30 October 2013
The call of the caves
The spontaneous swims are usually the best. This morning a friend posted a picture of the sea in Torquay looking blue, sparkling and flat, and I thought, right, I'm going over. (Fortunately I didn't have anything so tedious as work to be getting on with). Due to the miracles of social media a plan was made with friends within the hour. The conditions were perfect to swim at the sea caves at Livermead - christened the "Hindu Temples" by author Charles Kingsley, who was bowled over by their exotic shapes. As we slipped into the petrol-blue water, bathed in autumnal sunlight, it was hard to believe the worst storm in 20 years had just passed through. Inside the first set of caves the water rumbled like a hungry monster but the shafts of sunlight lightened the atmosphere. In the second set, Gary and Claire found a whirlpool which they sat in, under the 'windows' above - just like being in the Flintstones' house. A totally magical experience, made all the extraordinary by the fact that the caves are just yards from the main road between Torquay and Paignton; you might as well be in Wonderland.