Rowan Clarke on Clevedon, Somerset
As an out of doors swimmer and swimming coach, Rowan is usually discovered on the facet of Clevedon Marine Lake giving steering to all potential ranges. She is on the Board of Trustees for Marlens, the charity that appears after the Marine Lake and a member of the South West Seals winter swimmers.

Rowan Clarke
“Not famend for its swimming, the Somerset shoreline is characteristically brown and turgid. Clevedon has a historic bathing custom – the well-known Lengthy Swim is now in its 91st yr – whereas Clevedon Marine Lake has simply marked its 90th birthday. Swimming from Clevedon seashore appears like being a part of the city’s material. You’ll be able to solely swim right here round excessive tide however the pleasure of this small window is that every one of Clevedon’s sea-swimming group comes collectively. Clevedon has one of many highest tidal ranges on the planet, by no means letting the silty sea mattress settle and this makes situations variable. Relying on situations and tide, you may swim below the pier’s legs or round its finish. You’ll all the time come out smiling.”
Refuel Survived the silty swim? Get probably the most epic bowl of porridge, an honest bacon sandwich or, after all, cake at Scarlett’s, simply by the pier on Alexandra Street.
Anna Deacon on Gullane, East Lothian

Gullane seashore {Photograph}: Iain Masterton/Alamy
Swimming and documenting lovely locations is Anna’s job: as a photographer she has swum throughout Scotland snapping different swimmers. She is well-known in her tribe, the Wild Ones in Edinburgh. They swim each Sunday on the native seashore Wardie Bay. Taking The Plunge: The Therapeutic Energy of Wild Swimming for Thoughts, Physique and Soul by Anna Deacon and Vicky Allan will probably be revealed in November 2019 by Black & White Publishing.

Anna Deacon
“I’ve swum in some extraordinary locations however my favorite is nearer to residence, Gullane. The seashore is on a shocking piece of shoreline than runs from Edinburgh to the Borders. There are seashores after seashores however Gullane has every thing: it stretches on for what looks as if miles, there are wonderful rockpools, sand dunes to run down, secret caves to discover and, better of all, fantastically clear sea. There have been dolphins noticed and, typically, minke whales have made an look.”
Refuel Search sustenance in Drift, an outdated delivery container perched on the headland with a view over to Bass Rock, large home windows and sensible truffles.
Laura Evans on West Penwith, Cornwall

Cot valley, Porth Nanven. {Photograph}: John Keates/Alamy
You may not know her identify however you might have heard concerning the St Ives Mermaid: Laura Evans. She swims day by day, typically discovered leaping off the harbour wall or washed up along with her tail at seashores across the Cornish city, delighting kids and adults alike.

Laura Evans
“West Penwith – from Porthmeor Cove to Nanjizal – is my favorite stretch of shoreline. The panorama appears to alter as you spherical each headland: from granite formations to lush greenery surrounding outdated mining ruins. There are secluded coves and tidal swimming pools, that means you’re spoilt for selection in the case of searching for a swim and as a rule you should have all of it to your self. I really like Porth Nanven, often known as Cot valley and Dinosaur Egg Seaside; it’s named because of the sea turning the granite into ovals.”
• Laura has lately based a brand new St Ives Swimmers group – why not be part of them when you’re staying close by?
Refuel After searching for dinosaur eggs, keep on down the South West Coast Path to Sennen Cove and seize a pint at sundown within the Previous Success Inn.
Jane Hardy on the North Sea, Northumberland

Lindisfarne Fortress on Holy Island. {Photograph}: Alamy
Jane is a member of the Alnwick Sea Swimmers and swims all seasons within the North Sea off the Northumberland coast. She tries to go day by day and infrequently organises longer-distance swims from the Farne Islands or to Holy Island. From the mainland to Holy Island is just below a mile in distance however challenged by robust currents, so Jane organises help for individuals who want to swim the stretch.

Jane Hardy
“I’m extremely fortunate. The stretch of shoreline I swim is generally in an Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence. White sandy seashores, clear water, wildlife – and principally free parking! The seashores are sometimes abandoned and I typically have the corporate of seals, birds and sometimes dolphins if I’m actually fortunate. Amongst my favourites is Soccer Gap, one in every of Northumberland’s secrets and techniques. It’s a little bit of a stroll however nobody else is ever there. I principally swim parallel to shore however, when the tides allow, I swim down the River Aln. My absolute favorite place to swim is off the Farne Islands.”
Refuel Exploring the shoreline on an empty abdomen is a mistake – benefit from the native sausages within the Northumberland Full English on the Salt Water Cafe, Beadnell – value a detour off the A1.
Anthony Levings on Tankerton, Kent

{Photograph}: Alamy
Kent Sea Swimmers covers an enormous stretch of shoreline, dipping at 11 bays and seashores from Seasalter to Hythe. Anthony joins at the least each different weekend, and all yr round.
“Tankerton presents grassy banks filled with seashore huts, which make it one of the engaging locations to look again to from the ocean. At excessive tide, the water is an efficient swimming depth with out being too removed from the shore. At low tide, the ocean goes a good distance out and you’ll stroll out to a Tudor shipwreck or alongside The Avenue – a shingle spit that stretches far into the ocean. If it’s tough then you already know it’s and when it’s calm, because it typically is, then it doesn’t throw any surprises at you. There’s a present to swim in opposition to however it pulls you alongside the seashore reasonably than out to sea. This implies you may swim with it, at velocity, or problem your self in opposition to it, which makes it all of the extra enjoyable!”
Refuel After swimming in opposition to the present, have breakfast on the Seaview Café. It opens early on a Sunday and it’s proper on the seafront.
Colin Macleod on Isles of Lewis & Harris

Tolsta seashore. {Photograph}: Alamy
Colin has lately grow to be the primary man (the primary individual was a girl) to swim a solo crossing of the Massive Minch, the ocean between the Outer Hebrides and Scottish mainland. He runs the Hebridean Sea Swimmers group and swims within the sea two to a few instances per week.
“My favorite place to swim on the Isle of Lewis is Giordail seashore within the village of Tolsta. It has a bunch of various formations alongside the coast, together with the outdated pier and a waterfall. There’s additionally sea stacks to swim round, a pure arch and a tunnel to swim via – though you really want a neighborhood swim information to indicate you find out how to discover them safely, because the shoreline is rugged with not many exit factors.”
Refuel Take your individual scorching drink however cease off on the Blackhouse Bakery for freshly made and attractive bakes. Colin recommends the pie!
Lisa Cooper Dann on Southwold, Suffolk

Southwold Pier. {Photograph}: Alamy
Lisa’s favorite time of day to swim is at dawn earlier than work, swimming with a gaggle of sea lovers comprising a mix of breaststrokers to critical head-down channel swimmers. She used to swim day by day however now swims as a lot as attainable since changing into a mom.
“Southwold is my favorite seashore by far as that is now my residence and has been for the previous 4 years. As quickly as I moved right here I used to be swimming most days alongside the seashore. Ultimately, I used to be joined by different swimmers and Suzie’s Seaside Café grew to become our HQ. It’s fabulous swimming to the pier, wanting again on the city in every kind of climate situations, measuring our distance by the variety of groynes or crow’s nests we have now swum previous.”
Refuel Made it to the pier? Seize a espresso and bacon roll in Suzie’s Seaside Café – or, if a day swim is extra your factor, the scones are wonderful.
Marie-Therese Davis-Hanson on Bangor, Northern Eire

Cushendun, Northern Eire. {Photograph}: Puripat Lertpunyaroj/Alamy
Marie arrange the Brompton Belles & Beaux Dippers so she might sea-swim day by day, near residence and with others. They swim in a small cove referred to as Jenny Watt and out to Belfast Lough. Marie goes out with the daybreak swimmers – at nighttime come winter.

Marie-Therese Davis-Hanson
“The north coast is named the Causeway Coast, it’s the place I realized to swim, in a sheltered bay referred to as Cushendun. It’s within the coronary heart of the Glens of Antrim and is a quiet spot with the sounds of sheep and the lapping of waves. At one finish of the sandy, kelp-strewn seashore lies the crimson pudding stone cave/arch favoured by geologists and on the far finish the dramatic headland main in direction of Torr Head.”
Refuel Sea swimmers run the Espresso Treatment cafe close to Jenny Watt Cove, however when you’re visiting Cushendun, duck into Mary McBride’s for a Guinness and domestically sourced grub.
Cheryl Brassey on Lligwy, Anglesey

Lligwy seashore. {Photograph}: Ian Brown/Alamy
Cheryl is understood domestically for her cafe at Lligwy Seaside however lately has put the spot on the map since founding a swimming membership. They meet each Wednesday and Sunday and infrequently take new recruits out to introduce them to the enjoyment of the ocean.

Lligwy Seaside cafe. {Photograph}: Philip Smith/Alamy
“Lligwy is shallow shelving with golden sand and is often sheltered from the standard south westerly-prevailing wind. Though, if a northerly system blows via it might probably get reasonably bouncy, creating waves to play in. We regularly swim with inquisitive seals – there’s a colony of Atlantic greys on a rocky outcrop a mile or so from the seashore. We swim alongside the shoreline typically in clear, blue water. Spring is my favorite time when the terns and gannets are diving throughout us.”
Refuel Swim with the Lligwy Seaside Cafe Swim Membership after which dive into the cafe for decent chocolate, chat and truffles baked by Cheryl’s daughter. The Rocky Street is epic.
Sally Chook on Shore Street, Dorset

Shore Street seashore
Swimming group, Past the Blue, was based by Sally virtually six years in the past, and she or he and her celebration swim all yr spherical from Shore Street close to Sandbanks. In winter they share the price of a seashore hut and could be discovered huddled round a kettle after cool dips.
“Shore Street is my favorite. A beautiful sandy seashore the place entering into the ocean is straightforward, no steep gravel slopes or rocks as soon as you’re in. After all, there are a lot of wonderful locations to swim all alongside this shoreline: Studland, Chapman’s Pool, Kimmeridge, Worbarrow Tout, to call just a few – particularly for the extra adventurous.”
Refuel Head to the Center Seaside Cafe, which offers nice meals and views throughout the seashore. The cooked breakfast right here is ideal after a morning dip.
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