Our love for the ocean runs pretty deep here at finisterre, it stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings moments of clarity to an often hectic workshop.

When the ocean goes flat we swim. Our friend and founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society Kate Rew is the author of Wildswim, earlier this week she sent us five great swimming alternatives.

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1. The tidal pool. The north coast of Cornwall and Devon is dotted with sea pools that give swimmers a chance to bathe safely. Personal favourite: Porthtowan. Only visible on a falling tide, it looks like a place mermaids would swim.

2. The landmark swim. There’s nothing like having a destination for a swim, be it an island or rock arch. For short landmark swims of less than one mile my favourites are Burgh Island (one mile, undertake on a slack tide), Thurlstone Arch and Durdle Door.

3. The source to sea or estuary swim. What better than to arrive at your destination, the coast, via river water. The OSS arrange swims that allow you to do just that, with safety support: the next one is the Bantham Swoosh, a 6km swim down the Aune estuary to Bantham on 5th July.

4. The cave swim. Chances are you’ve spent years looking at spectacular cliffs, with swimming you can (weather and tides allowing) swim in them. Flamborough Head in Yorkshire has stunning 400ft white cliffs drilled into coves and caves; Baggy Point near Croyde in Devon offer swimmers a great rock channel to swim through.

5. The coastal distance swim. If surfing and swimming strength go hand in hand, there are some spectacular lengths of coastline to explore. Try the Seven Sisters swim, from Cuckmere Haven to Birling Gap or the Seven Bay swim, from Botany Bay to Margate.

All these swims – like any sea adventure – have risks and require competence. See the OSS website for more information on how to sea swim safely.


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