Swimming and exploring South Devon, from Dartmoor to the sea
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
The Twelve Swims of Christmas
So far I have swum on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and now today (the 27th)...so I reckon I'm well placed to aim for the Twelve Swims of Christmas. So far all the dips have been freshwater and, ahem, very fresh, at around 7 degrees...but today we went to Westcombe Beach, where the sea was a much more forgiving 11 degrees. It's one of my favourite coves, with pink and grey striped rocks in all sorts of sinuous shapes, and all manner of caves and rock pools. It's a wonderful place to wander around and explore, especially at low tide, and you lose yourself in a weird world of rock. After a good explore I then had a swim, saying hello to a seagull which was bobbing about nearby, and looking over to Burgh Island in the distance. Pix by Alex Murdin.