Event: “Mild Swimming” with Matt and Sophie 22/7/17
Love swimming but feel a bit nervous about venturing into the sea, lakes and rivers? Join us for a fun afternoon in beautiful Torquay. We’ll share our tips and experiences in a short illustrated talk at Torre Abbey, with some amazing images to inspire your adventurous soul. Then we’ll take a ten minute walk to a secret wild swim spot which features stunning caves and rock formations. There, guided by us and other experienced aquatic explorers, you will get a sense of the fantastic possibilities of swimming in the great outdoors.
Important: you MUST be a confident general swimmer.
The event is undertaken at your own risk and there is no safety cover.
Cost: £10 per person to include a copy of “Beyond the Beach: the Secret Wild Swims of Torbay”
You can get tickets on the Events page.
Also, if you arrive early you can visit The Maritime Memories Machine, a pop-up ‘ice-cream van’ which will be parked in front of Torre Abbey from 10am till 4pm. The MMM is touring the UK over the summer, promoting the National Maritime Museum. You can take part in creative activities and events and include your voice in a new Gallery at the Museum called ‘Sea Things.’ They will capture people’s stories of their connection to the sea and seaside memories to create a picture of our current island nation and its history. You can also expect song performances, story-telling, mini-dramas, performance poetry or collective crafting. All activities are free.
A nice review on Ecologist Adrian Colston’s blog. Read it here
A fun piece about the joy of outdoor swimming. Read it here
We’ve had a nice write up in the Western Morning News. You can read it here.
Your chance to win a free copy of Wild Swimming Walks! Click here
We’ve had our first review of Wild Swimming Walks in the Exeter Daily which you can read here:
Special offer for Christmas! Order between now and December 19th 2014 and get the book for just £10. Go to the Shop page to buy.
We’ve just had this message from Janet and her friend from Brighton : Thank you both – my Brighton clubmate and I have just come back from a wonderful holiday based on the swims in your book (well, 3.5 of them). Magical.
Perhaps we should be getting a commission from the English Riviera Tourist Board!!
We’re in the Totnes Bookshop’s top 5 bestselling books of the year! Beaten only by the likes of Ann Widdecombe and Morrissey!
We’re responsible for an engagement! See the wonderful message below we received from happy reader Alison Shearer:
“We were bought this book as a gift a few weeks ago by my partner’s mum. I have been into wild swimming/underwater photography and spearfishing a long time and live near Tavistock but my partner is new to it and lives in Torquay. We have literally read every bit of this book repeatedly and it has been a weekend mission for the last few weekends to discover and reccy all these fab places. As he said he has lived in torquay his whole life but didn’t realise half these places were here. We have paddled Fishcombe, Maidencombe, Watcombe, Goodrington, Oddicombe and got gloriously soaked in the recent storm at Meadfoot. We snorkelled Redgate and swam under London Bridge arch on a choppy evening and saw lots of compass jellies. Then the next day climbed on top of it and ended up skinny dipping( in underwear due to not planning a swim and spontaneity getting the better of us!) and tombstoning in the quarry below with the local kids! This weekend was about Elberry and sea caves. On Sunday we walked round Livermead and Corbyn at low tide and at the Hindu temples he totally surprised me and got down on one knee and proposed next to the crashing waves. Couldn’t imagine a more romantic setting and want to thank you guys so much for opening up a new world to us.”
There you go: swimming changes lives!
We’ve had some nice press coverage in the last few months, including in Coast Magazine, the Western Morning News, and H2Open Magazine.