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Many years ago we used to just call it swimming…we didn’t have the option of wetsuits, so it was either jump in the ocean in your swimmers or sit on the shore and watch everyone else having fun. Then people started to call it ‘sea swimming’ to make sure everyone understood how brave you were getting in the ocean and now, the term ‘wild swimming’ is used by those who are a little bit addicted to cold water dipping and the adventure of finding new spots to swim all year round.

Nansidwell Beach, nr Falmouth

Here on the Lizard we are surrounded by the most beautiful coastline and many secret spots where you will often be able to take a dip in beautiful solitude. Now, of course, we can’t share all our secrets but here are some of our favourites:

Frenchman’s Creek
Conde Nast Traveller names this as one of the best places to swim in Cornwall. ‘Made famous by the author Daphne du Maurier, Frenchman’s Creek is languid and green, and so inviting at high water (it dries out when the tide is low). Bordered by trees, it feels like a secret hideaway. You can walk there from Helford village, past Penarvon Cove which is another lovely place for a dip.’

Tremayne Quay
At high tide walk along the old Trelowarren drive, through the beech woods to swim from Tremayne Quay – built in 1847 by Sir Richard Vyvyan of Trelowarren, hoping to welcome Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to the estate…sadly after all that work they never made it but you can at least enjoy a wonderful walk and lazy morning at the Quay today thanks to Sir Richard. Take a look at our Woodland Walks page for more info.

Bosahan (pronounced Bizain) Beach
Walk towards the mouth of the river from the Helford Village car park (about a mile) and there you will find the most beautiful sandy cove, you will feel like you’ve stumbled across a ‘hidden gem’…and whilst that phrase is bandied around a bit too often, Bosahan Cove truly deserves it and if you’re lucky, you may even get the cove to yourself.

At high tide jump off the quay (a great way to keep the children entertained) or at low tide swim out from the beach itself. If you like a short walk along with your drip, take a peaceful stroll from Coverack Car Park to Porthbeer Beach or to Chenalls Point and swim from the rocks. Prepare for scratched knees though, but there are often seals there to swim with to make it all worthwhile.

Devil’s Frying Pan, Cadgwith
The Devil’s Frying Pan is a lagoon just next to Cadgwith Cove on the Lizard. It used to be visible from the coast path, but due to cliff-falls the trail has been rerouted and now the only way to experience it is by boat or by swimming to it. From the fishing village of Cadgwith, it is a short swim (about 10 minutes) out of the cove and under a rock bridge into the pool, which was formed when a sea cave collapsed.

A quiet secluded cove heading towards Falmouth from Trelowarren. You’ll access the beach via a short ten minute walk through National Trust owned woodlands (which is a great place for picking wild garlic in the spring), you’ll find Nansidwell Beach, also known as ‘Woodlands’. It is a small, sand and shingle bay concealed which has a variety of rock pools to explore and some big enough to swim in if the tide is right.

The water temperature is at its warmest in July and August, we still have a little availability left for the summer months in our self -catering, 5-star cottages. Let us know when you book that you are a sea swimming fan and we’ll make sure we share all the information you need on where and when to go to our favourite spots.

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