Salty skin, sea breezes and sand between your toes. Nothing
feels better than throwing off your clothes, pulling on your swimming togs and
running down the beach to the water. The thrill of the cool water hitting your feet,
the gasp as it reaches your waist and the first brave duck of the shoulders
under the waves. But once you’re in, nothing beats the feeling of summer wild
swims with the water gently lapping at your skin, no wetsuit here please (well,
not for a couple of months yet at least!).
We’ve rounded up the best and the most secret of places in
Cornwall for a wild swim, so you can get out there and enjoy…
Mermaids Pool, Kynance Cove
Only accessible at low tide, wander down onto the
beach and walk around the headland to the other side. Once there, head to the
far side of the rocks and nestled in there is the most secret of all pools. Big
enough to swim, deep enough to jump and the most crystal-clear turquoise water
you’ll ever see. Mermaid heaven.
Treyarnon Bay Natural Sea Pool, near Padstow
This beautiful beach holds a secret – at low tide a natural
sea pool appears in the rocks, big enough to really get swimming and up to 8ft deep in
places. The pool has steep sides nearest the cliff which make it great for perfecting
Pedn Vounder near Treen
Park in Treen village, follow the track to the cliffs and
then the scramble down to this beach with such white sand and blue waters that
you’ll think you’re in the Caribbean. At low tide a sandbar pops up – your very
own desert island! The isolated location of this beach also makes it a popular
one for those who are brave enough to go without the swimsuit altogether!
Porthtown Tidal Pool
Just a short hop from the resort you’ll find this beach,
popular with surfers but at low tide it holds a secret, a pool in the cliff.
Head out towards the right-hand side of the beach as you’re facing the sea and
you’ll find it at the bottom of the cliff. If the tide is low enough there is a
great walk all the way to Chapel Porth beach as well – don’t forget to stop for
a famous ‘Hedgehog’ ice cream at the cafe there!
Remember, the water can be dangerous and you must be mindful
of tides, currents, rocks when diving and your own skills. Do be careful, don’t
go alone and if in doubt, don’t enter the water.