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Taking the Plunge

Sea-carved tidal ponds, secret swimming coves, rippling rivers. Whether you’re dipping a toe or taking the plunge, step away from the swimming pool get wild…

When it comes to wild swimming, it doesn’t get much better than Cornwall. There are so many spots where you can dive headfirst into nature – here are our favourites. Worth every goosebump!

Treyarnon Bay tidal pool

As the tide creeps higher at Treyarnon Bay, you’ll find an impressive tidal lido nestled in the rocks. A manmade wall keeps water levels high, making this a prime spot for paddling, diving and even a few lengths (but take it easy, you’re on holiday after all).

St Nectan’s Kieve

This outstandingly beautiful glen is also a gem of a wild swimming spot. Dive into the natural pool under a 60-foot waterfall springing from the rock and feel the chill of fresh water, as you splash around. A place of legend, tales tell of King Arthur baptising his knights here. Bring a picnic, don your cossies and jump right in.

Trevone pool and blow hole

Just a stone’s throw from Padstow, Trevone has its own tidal pool – clear, turquoise and wave-carved from the rocks. Or if you’re feeling extra adventurous, a short walk north along the coastpath will take you to Trevone’s blow hole. An 80-foot deep collapsed sea cave, here you can watch waves crash underneath your feet at high tide.

The River Camel

Whether you need refreshing from cycling the Camel Trail, or you just fancy a break from the waves, the River Camel makes for a sensational summer splash. As it winds its way from source to sea, the bends and channels become deep enough to stretch out and enjoy a proper wild swim. But be prepared for a chill!

Tregildran’s quarry lake

Half an hour’s drive from Padstow, Tregildran’s quarry lake is well worth a trip. Reinvigorate in its still green waters, or sit back and watch swallows and dragonflies gliding over the surface

 

Discover places to stay near Treyarnon and Trevone, or find out more about Cornwall’s coasts and coves [link to Our Area > Coasts and Coves].

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