Bethany and Lydia CO13 met aged 11 when they both joined 1J. The girls enjoyed swimming and surfing, and it was this shared love and appreciation for the ocean that would lead to Bethany and Lydia creating A Guide to Wild Swimming in Cornwall some years after leaving school.
The long-awaited A Guide to Wild Swimming in Cornwall is out now! Order yours to discover the best wild swimming spots in Britain’s most southerly county.
Inside are 54 swimming locations, a detailed safety section, insights on the ocean environment, and information on both the mental and physical benefits of wild swimming. Readers can also expect to find suggestions on local cafes and attractions, and to discover more about the Cornish landscape, culture and history.
The journey begins in the floral hedgerows of the Roseland peninsula, through the fascinating marine and cultural heritage of Falmouth and the Helford river, around to the Lizard – a unique peninsula with a sinister past. Next, it fringes the rugged coastlines of Penwith; where the remains of the mining industry mark the landscape. The tour continues through the creative hub of St Ives, and the inconspicuous tidal pools characteristic of the north coast. In the middle of the county, the two seaside towns of Newquay and St Austell give life to adjacent coastlines. North Cornwall features impressive rock formations that tower above sun-drenched golden sand and in the South East, the tour winds along the route of the lost Cornish Riviera. After being introduced to some of the finest coastal swimming locations in Cornwall, the guide ends in the leafy upper reaches of the River Fowey, and the rolling expanse of Bodmin Moor.
Complete with a key and directions, to make it easy for users to reach their ideal swimming location, A Guide to Wild Swimming in Cornwall provides a resource for both the complete beginner and the seasoned swimmer. It is the only guidebook exclusively dedicated to wild swimming in Cornwall, and has been written by local wild swimmers.
Paperback with front flaps and glossed pages for durability (190 x 150 mm).
Made locally from 100% recycled paper (FSC certified) at one of the most sustainable print houses in the country (St Austell Printing Company). The end product is still fully recyclable and production has been carbon offset.
Co-founders of Wild Swimming Cornwall Bethany, Lydia & Max: credit Josh Tarr
Bethany and Lydia CO13. Photo by Max Campbell.
Wild swimming at sunset. Photo by Max Campbell.