Wild Swimming Cornwall

Best Wild Swimming Spots Cornwall

Fancy some wild swimming on your trip to one of Holiday Cottages in Cornwall? Our beautiful county is surrounded by the sea, there are endless options for places for a dip in the water, a seawater pools, waterfalls, quarries, hidden coves and outdoor pools ready for you to enjoy any time of year! We have always found our favourite places to swim by exploring and seeing what we stumble upon.

Not only is wild swimming good for the soul, it has numerous other health benefits, however, please be careful at all times the sea is unpredictable.


Seawater Pools

Around the Cornish Coast, you will encounter seawater swimming pools, which date back to the beginning of the 20th century before the availability of indoor swimming pools. Some of these are tidal pools are a safe to swim in, without the prospect of dangers of the sea with the bonus of becoming warmer in the summer sunshine. However, you do have to watch out for the tide coming in.

Here are a selection of Seawater Pools in Cornwall:

Bude Sea Pool, Bude | Children’s Pool, Priest’s Cove | Chapel Rock Pool, Perranporth | Chapel Pool, Polperro | Pool, Porthtowan | The Tidal Baths, Portreath | The Rock Pool, Treyarnon Bay | Jubilee Pool, Penzance

River & Inland Dips

Wild swimming in glistening river waters is not only a refreshing and beautiful experience. Still, it allows you to bathe in nature and the countryside, with maybe even an opportunity for a picnic. Lovely walks can surround them with exciting stops along the way, like restaurants, pubs and cafes, and stunning vistas.

Here are a few River Swimming Spots in Cornwall:

Respryn Bridge, River Fowey, Bodmin | Golitha Falls, near Liskeard | St Nectan’s Kieve, Tintagel

Our Favourite Swimming Beaches

Stepping out of your Falmouth Holiday Cottage and swimming in the beautiful turquoise waters around our coastline is a wonderful experience; there are hundreds of fantastic beaches to enjoy. Picking a beach to go to for a swim is a difficult choice, with each beach having amazing qualities to lure you to enjoy its lush waters, stretches of golden sand while soaking up the sunshine.

A few of our favourite beaches to swim at in Cornwall:

Gyllyngvase | Pendower Beach | Godrevy | Praa Sands | Trevaunance Cove | Chapel Porth | Castle Beach |  Maenporth

There are numerous beaches with lifeguard services in Cornwall, if you are wary of the sea, are not a strong swimmer or just like to make sure someone is watching your back head to one of these beaches.

Decided on a beach to visit why not check the tide times!

Safety First

The ocean is an unpredictable environment, so preparation is required before any swim, carefully considering all the possible risks that need to be taken!

Our suggested health and safety guidelines:

If you are a beginner, swim at a lifeguarded beach and swim within your comfort zone | Bring warm clothing for when you get out of the water | Think about the tides; some beaches can become dangerous at high/low tides and make sure you always have exit and entry point before going in | Never swim under the influence of alcohol | Always stay visible | Have a swimming buddy | Monitor the amount of time you spend in the water to make sure your core temperature isn’t too low | Know what to do in an emergency for yourself or someone else ( call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard if you are in river or lake ask for Fire & Rescue).

For more information about Wild Swimming check out Wild Swimming Cornwall or Wild Swimming UK



Safety in The Water

The RNLI are vital for saving lives around the Cornish coastline, having been providing their services for over 200 years. Everyday of every year people from all walks of life and all swimming abilities get into trouble at sea, and without the incredibly brave actions of the RNLI crews we would lose many more to the sea.

Be Safe & Have Fun. For anymore information on how to stay safe at sea head over to the RNLI’s website, with info like how to identify a rip current, and what the beach flags and more. If you need to call the coastguard dial 112 and ask for the coastguard.


Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage are doing a fantastic work to protect our coastlines and without their incredible work the beautiful Cornish coastline would be very different. They have a number of different projects that have made a huge difference for keeping beaches clean like their Plastic Free Communities, Beach Cleaning and going to schools to educate the next generation. We are hugely proud to be part of their 250 club which supports all of their campaigns to protect the marine environment, especially from the current plastic pollution crisis.


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