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Wild swimming in Cornwall

There is something particularly freeing about wild swimming with the salty water, fresh air and endless horizon stretching ahead of you. Being surrounded by water on three sides, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to wild swimming in Cornwall. Whether you are looking to swim in the calms of a river, beside the sandy shore of a beach or brave the wilds of the Atlantic, we share our top five wild swimming spots in Cornwall.

Lusty Glaze, Newquay

This hidden cove is alive with wild swimmers and coasteerers’ all making the most of the choppy surf from the Atlantic. Whether you want to swim in the shallows or head further out to sea this is a great place to begin your wild swimming adventure.

Summerleaze Tidal Pool, Bude

An enticing mixture of wild tidal pool swim and lido: there’s a rocky base, a shoulder of dark volcanic rock at one end and regular invasions by tidal swells. Diving is not recommended due to shifting sands, meaning it’s depth varies with the changing tides.

Swimming the Brisons

Each year die hard wild swimmers take to the Atlantic to swim from Brisons rock to Cape Cornwall, just off Lands End, it’s strictly a skins swim only!

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Wild swimmers can often be spotted early in the morning at Gyllyngvase Beach. It is one of only six Blue Flag 2012 award winning beaches in Cornwall.

Padstow to Rock

Each year around 100 people swim from Padstow to Rock across the Camel River. This is one of only a few events that anyone can enter, so long as you can swim one mile in open waters.

So grab your goggles and jump in!

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