After a long enforced break from aquatic fun, TED Ladies had a splendidly refreshing dip at Fingle Bridge in the River Teign today with a wonderful group of swimmers from around Devon.
The sun was shining and the water was clear and cool. We swam and splashed and mermaided. One of us drank a cup of tea in the river.
My waterproof camera decided to stop being waterproof some time ago so I only took photos after the swim.
So good to be back in the water.
Some mornings you just wake up and know that you need to swim. It’s sunny and calm and the only thing to do is get your cossie and Robie on and head for the beach.
It was perfect, clear and calm and I had the beach to myself. I left just as the holidaymakers started to arrive. Great start to the day.
Too good an opportunity to miss out on. Dinner in the ambulance, a walk along the front and then a full moon dip in a very seaweedy sea. It was lovely, the sea was warm and the company good.
I am convinced that one day someone will fall off the pavement onto the beach staring at the ambulance.
It’s summer time in East Devon, so we had a rainy day swim
Followed by a sunny day swim
Followed by an I’m not getting in that I’m going to the pool day swim
Dartmeet is stunningly pretty. The river is cool and clear. The woods are ancient and fresh after recent showers. We swam, we natural jacuzzied, we did yoga, we ate, we triple dipped and we flew. Great place. Lovely people. Perfect day.
Yoga, obviously. It’s a tree!
See, we do swim too
That appears to work…
It was an early start so we camped, great campsite not far from Bantham.
Getting up in the morning wasn’t easy, but with an exciting swim in front of us we made it into the water with everyone else.
Aveton Gifford to Bantham is a 5k swim on the river Avon with no exit points so one for experienced swimmers only. We also had two fab canoeists with us just in case.
We were careful to follow instructions along the way..
Three of us pottered along at the back looking at the scenery, wildlife and gorgeous houses. We were meticulous in following our refuelling regime. So important to keep the energy up!
Quite a bit of the “swim” can be walked and we waded along as we watched a group of (rather more serious) swimmers with a paddle boarder catch up with us. They were training for the Dart 10k. (fortunately none of them wanted a gingerbread man so we had them later)
It’s a beautiful, peaceful swim.
I haven’t updated the blog for a while. This is not because I haven’t swum. It’s because I’ve been too busy swimming to post! So here are some photos from the best bits locally and then I’ll try to catch up with the new swims…
Budleigh Salterton from the sea.
Orcombe Point, Exmouth
Picnic on the beach. TEDs style.
K & decided to have an adventure. The plan was to take the ambulance and go for a walk and swim at Dartmeet. The ambulance didn’t want to play. So we took the “aspiring to be a carmpervan but still cunning disguised as a car” instead.
I pootling along happily on Dartmoor when K shouted “STOP!” and dragged me out of the car and up Sharp Tor, then Yar Tor and we were about to yomp up Corndon Down the rain started in earnest and as we had jumped out of the car without waterproofs (or cosies) we beat a hasty retreat to the not quite a carmpervan, but really hoping to be. A quick rummage, rearrange and voila! we’re sitting comfortably and we have our first picnic in t’van. Somewhere along the way (I remain unconvinced about when or how) I was talking into going to Wales tomorrow to walk up Pen y Fan. Note to self take more care about where you nod.
Our picnic and plot consisted of soup, cheese, muffins and a rambling conversation about things to do, places to go, aspirations (the carmpervan is most aspirational) and somehow, instead of going to Dartmeet we’re heading off in the opposite direction to check out the beaches to the East.
Some time later (and I want to make it very clear that I do not wish to discuss Newton Abbot traffic) we negotiated our way out of the urban conurbation and found the lovely Meadfoot Beach – and café – result. We dashed down the hill and into the sea. Bliss. The sea was a most gorgeous green, clear and speckled with lots of different seaweeds. Cursing myself roundly I realised that I had left the camera in the car – rooky error, so these pics were taken from above after a most splendid swim and a magical day.
Wish me luck up that mountain tomorrow – I wonder if there’s anywhere to swim….
Met up with a small gaggle of swimmers to walk through the woods near Mary Tavy and dip in the cool clear waters there.
Beautiful woods, pretty river, interesting company and a lovely pool with built in waterfall. Perfect.
Waterfall in the Tavy
So perfect that two of us double dipped. I do love a double dip.