Swimming and exploring South Devon, from Dartmoor to the sea
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Underneath the arch
Allan had made a plan for a swim to London Bridge, a natural arch in Torquay. Who would have thought that a swim in November would be so glorious? As we arrived at Peaked Tor Cove the sun sparkled on the sea and the tide was very low. (It is a full moon tomorrow, so big tides). We changed on the old concrete bathing platform, which was men-only in the days of segregated bathing, and climbed down the old barnacle-covered steps. As we headed towards the arch the sun shone in our faces; London Bridge was stark in silhouette. As we approached, it loomed in its great
magnificence. The sea was petrol blue and glossy ribbons of kelp swayed to and fro, hanging from the rock. The tunnels and caves inside the arch were accessible, because the tide was low, and we swam inside, and were rocked up and down by the swell....before the cave turned nasty and spat us out.
Thanks to Jo Lubbe for the picture inside the cave.
And you can watch the swim below!