Although it does seem to be a lot cooler in Cornwall than the rest of the country at the moment there is still enough heat in the sun to need a refreshing dip now and again. With indoor swimming pools still shut there is only one thing for it – outdoor swimming!
We have rounded up some team favourites for you to try.
A steep footpath leads you down from the National Trust car park at Cape Cornwall to Priest’s Cove. Many strong swimmers launch from the slip, but to avoid the fishing boats or if you are a little more cautious the tide filled pool is the perfect place to take the plunge. With a shallow end ideal for rockpooling and a deep end for jumping in, hours can be spend messing about in the water.
If the super chilly water isn’t for you then perhaps Hayle swimming pool is what you are after – a solar cover heats the water to between 24 and 26 degrees – and as a slightly more inland pool it isn’t filled with sea water.
Bude Sea Pool is a ‘semi-natural amenity’ that has provided a safe place to enjoy the sea water whilst swimming or playing since the 1930s. Although free to use this sea pool is attended by volunteers for extra safety.
Jubilee pool, Penzance
The UK’s largest art deco lido has been refurbished into a glowing beacon of outdoor swimming. This social enterprise offers a huge seawater pool, complete with UV filtering system for cleanliness, which is deep enough for diving at one end and will soon have the new addition of a geothermal pool. The social enterprise also runs the attached café meaning support can be given through eating their delicious food!
Chapel pool, Polperro
Steep, steep steps lead you down to this tidal pool which has been used for generations for learning to swim. As the pool faces south it soon warms up on a sunny day then disappears each high tide.