Is Wild Swimming Good For You? Five Benefits Of Cold Water Swimming

by Paul Edmunds on September 15, 2023

Do you crave adventure, happiness, and a unique way to connect with nature? Look no further than the exhilarating world of wild swimming!

Open water swimming has taken the world by storm, and it's no wonder why. In this blog, we'll explore the reasons behind the growing popularity of wild swimming, its incredible benefits for your well-being and the local gems you can find on Dartmoor and the Devon and Cornwall coast. Plus, we'll introduce you to our range of ceramics inspired by wild swimming and our amazing shoreline.

Five Benefits Of Wild Swimming

Wild swimming isn't just a simple dip in the water; it's an experience that touches your soul and leaves you with an indescribable sense of bliss. Here's why:

  1. Total Freedom: When you strip down to your swimsuit and dive into a hidden river pool or secret cove, you're letting go of the stresses of daily life. The freedom of wild swimming is unmatched, and you'll feel like a carefree kid again.
  2. Connection with Nature: Wild swimming connects you intimately with Mother Nature. You'll swim alongside fish, breathe in the scent of your surroundings and feel the earth beneath your feet as you approach the water's edge.
  3. Adventure and Exploration: Every swim is an adventure, as you explore uncharted waters, discover hidden waterfalls, and marvel at the untouched beauty of your surroundings.
  4. Health and Well-being: The invigorating sensation of the cold water on your skin is an instant mood booster. Wild swimming releases endorphins, improves circulation, and enhances your overall well-being.
  5. Sense of Community: The wild swimming community is a tight-knit, welcoming group of like-minded individuals who share their passion for nature and adventure. Joining this community can lead to lifelong friendships. Why not join Ocean City Swimmers Plymouth or check out Dartmoor Wild Swimming

Wild swimming spot in Plymouth

The Magical Spots of Dartmoor and The Devon and Cornwall Coast

Now that you're excited about wild swimming, let's dive into some of the most fabulous spots in Dartmoor and along the Devon Cornwall coast:

  1. Foggintor Quarry, Dartmoor: This abandoned granite quarry offers crystal-clear waters surrounded by towering cliffs. It's an iconic Dartmoor swim spot, and the reflections on the water's surface are pure magic.
  2. Cadover Bridge, Dartmoor: Nestled in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, Cadover Bridge boasts a peaceful river with delightful swimming holes. Dip into the refreshing waters and take in the stunning scenery.
  3. Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall: This semi-natural tidal swimming pool in Bude provides the perfect balance between wild and safe swimming. It's ideal for families and those who are new to wild swimming experience.
  4. Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall: Known for its golden sands and turquoise waters, Porthcurno Beach offers a picturesque backdrop for your wild swimming adventures. Don't miss the chance to swim in the shadow of the Minack Theatre.
  5. Firestone Bay, Plymouth: Located right behind the Royal William Yard, you’ll find a tidal pool, exposed at low tide.  It is also a popular location with paddle boarders, the currents can be strong here. 

Wild Swimming Magnets and Wall Hangings: Capture the Memories

As you embark on your wild swimming adventures, don't forget to capture the magic with our inspired magnets and wall hangings. These unique pieces of art will bring the beauty of Dartmoor and the Devon and Cornwall coast into your home, serving as a daily reminder of your happy and fabulous moments in nature.

Wild Swimmer Magnet

Wild Swimmer Mobile

Conclusion: Dive In and Find Happiness

Wild swimming is a celebration of life, nature, and the joy of living in the moment. It's a trend that's here to stay, and for all the right reasons. So, put on your swimsuit, gather your friends, and embark on a journey of wild swimming adventures in the breathtaking landscapes of Dartmoor and the Devon Cornwall coast. Happiness is just a magnet, a mobile hanging or a swim away!

You might also love our shoreline pottery collection, inspired by our local coastlines. Uncover the collection HERE.




Please note, comments must be approved before they are published