As many of my facebook followers will know, I’ve taken up wild swimming in Cornwall this year! I’ve swam for years in my local pool, but it does get a bit boring just going up and down the lanes! I’ve never been taught to swim properly, and have certainly never worn goggles, so this was a new experience for me! 

Karen Davey Wild Swimming in Cornwall

A very rare photo of me in the water! At Port Gaverne, nr Port Isaac.

I’ve put together some of my favourite places to swim. Before you embark on a sea swim, please have a look up on the safety advice out available online. 

Port Quin near Port Isaac

This is one of my favourites, It is a rocky, sheltered cove and is full of wildlife, if you like that sort of thing! There’s a national trust car park and Fiona’s cafe, a snack van serving delicious coffee and cakes. 

Port Quin

Daymer Bay

Located on the mouth of the River Camel, not far from the popular surf beach at Polzeath, Daymer Bay is a very safe beach to swim. Please be careful of currents at low tide. It’s a very gently shelving beach with crystal clear waters.

Daymer Bay

Adrenaline Quarry

Moving inland, near Liskeard, you will find the Adrenaline Quarry where you can swim in the waterfilled quarry. For the more adventurous, there is a massive zip wire, a giant swing, and coasteering. 

Wild Swimming at the Adrenaline Quarry Liskeard

Coached sessions

I’ve been having sea swimming coaching sessions with Rick and Binney from In the Wet Stuff.  They are great fun, and have pushed me more than I ever could imagine! They organise many wild swimming in Cornwall sessions and I’m hoping to join this one at Logan’s Rock on the south coast. 

Logans Rock

Logans Rock, photo from Cornish Cottage Holidays

River swim at Lostwithiel

And finally, moving to Lostwithiel, the ancient capital of Cornwall. Lostwithiel is a town barely touched by tourism, with plenty of tea shops and antiques shops to view before heading into the River Fowey. You swim down with the tide to Golant, a 4 mile river swim. This is also on my bucket list, one day! 

Wild Swim Lostwithiel to Golant

Photo courtesy of Wild Woman Swimming

I hope I don’t find any of these fish in the river! This fishing cushion is definitely better out of the water! 

Trout fishing Cushion handmade in Cornwall by Karen Davey

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed my little tour of wild swimming in Cornwall with a wet suit! Pop over to my Facebook Page or Instagram Page and let me know where your favourite swim locations are, and you never know, I might swim there, one day! 

Karen xx