Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Thurlestone, Devon

Pull on your wetsuit and goggles and aim for Thurlestone Rock off the south Devon coast for a really wild swimming adventure.

There’s something uniquely exhilarating about wild swimming – that is swimming in natural (often cold!) bodies of water – and Thurlestone Rock in Devon is a great destination to aim for. The rock formation is situated in Thurlestone Bay on the south Devon coast, sitting around 500 metres off the shore at high tide, and is famous for its unusual natural arch, created over centuries by the crashing waves.

Experienced wild swimmers pride themselves on being able to swim through the arch, but it’s just as fun to simply float over the reef and – if the water’s clear – take in the aquatic garden of seaweed and fish below you.

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