Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor and South Devon

Dartmoor and South Devon are renowned for their natural beauty and stunning landscapes, with millions of visitors every year.  But how many people really get to see Devon’s stunning places, and find its incredible swim spots?  In this book we share our favourite walks with a dip. Part of the best-selling Wild Swimming Walks series, the guide features country walks that include wild waterfalls, secret lakes, river meadows and secret beaches. Rich with stories, photos and natural history, this book will appeal to wild swimmers, nature lovers and ramblers.  Complete with detailed directions, maps and practical inspiration, it’s perfect for families, walkers and swimmers alike, and includes downloadable route information to print out, or take with you on your phone or tablet.

Buy the book from Wild Things Publishing.

Beyond the Beach: the Secret Wild Swims of Torbay


The coastline of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham in Devon is Britain’s best kept swimming secret.  With sapphire, crystal clear sea, and intriguing caves, islands and rock formations, Torbay is a fascinating aquatic playground just waiting to be explored. In this guide, we take you beyond the popular beaches into a hidden world.  Torbay’s 22 miles of coastline is enormously diverse, from the terracotta crags of Maidencombe, to the spectacular limestone arch at the grandly-named London Bridge; its waters are among the shallowest and safest in the UK.  The book features fifteen detailed swims packed with practical information, as well as the history, popular culture, geology and marine biology of each unique section of coast.  Captivating images by underwater photographer Dan Bolt reveal a previously unseen side to this coast, away from the sandcastles and candyfloss.

The book also looks at Torbay’s proud history of sea swimming, and a golden age when the resort was known as Queen of the Watering Places.  The Bay was once renowned throughout the country for its amazing swimming; now it’s time to rediscover what made this small corner of England so famous.


A real sense of adventure” : People’s Republic of South Devon

this book is essential whether you’re a wild swimmer, a tourist with a yen for adventure, someone who fancies giving relatively safe outdoor swimming a try, or just a person who loves beautiful and interesting books” :  Lynne Roper, wild swimming blogger 

I for one would never have known that so close to that most quintessential of English towns, Torquay, was a barely explored wilderness”:  Carl Reynolds, who blogs as The Aquatic Ape

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