Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by not-bono-ever, Apr 23, 2011.
near margate today - scarily cold but fantastic to get one in during April
People were swimming here last weekend. I settled for paddling, it was too cold for me.
I looked longingly at the swimmers at Clevedon after 2 and a half hot hours of cycling to get there ....
Only wetsuited divers in that photo, but there were quite a few swimmers - though maybe the same ones who swim on new year's day ...
I would doubtless have cramped though...
Last weekend at Chapman's Pool, Purbeck. Didn't last too long though.
Two days ago in Lyme Regis....bloody cold but too hot not to....if that makes sense....in April, certifiable, had to be done.
Sea temps 11 in the SW, 9 in the North sea.
I hadn't realised the temperature can get as high as 17 degrees (in August).
My last fresh air swim in a barramundi pond with smelly labrador following
Does mid-January, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, count?
I went for a swim last Thursday.
It was fucking FREEZING! Stayed in for barely 30 seconds.
First sea swiming I knew of here was on New Years Day - Locally known as the "Nippy Dip"
went out with the kids in the Gower last week, lovely but very cold, to the point of pain after a while. We had to settle for only two more return swims, and we were basically crying the third time..
Rhossili / Llangenith ?
Had a lot of fun there a couple of years ago.
There's a surfer swimming out to the meet the waves in this foto (March 29th)
I've been in this year, but was wearing my wetsuit. There's no way I'll go in w/o my wetsuit.
yes it was funnily enough - fabulous beach, the llangenith end, haven't been there since I was a kid. Went to Caswell the day before.
I'll be in the briney early Sunday morning, but wearing my wetsuit and windproofing (sailing).
Shark cage diving a few weeks ago in Sth Africa
first sea swim of my year - yesterday at cooden beach
I didn't swim properly cos my son was on my shoulders but it was lovely to cool off in as it was so damn hot on Caswell bay. We went in three times, last time up to my chest. If someone had been able to look after the kids I would definitely have had a swim
I've done new year's day a couple of times in the Adriatic... was pretty damn cold!
29th April in Devon, *freezing* cold, yesterday in the Oslo fjord, bracing but very pleasant.
yesterday at Southerndown, near Bridgend. Started raining while we were in the bloody water. My very skinny six year old, went purple around the mouth, and we went home with the kids wearing towels as makeshift rain capes....
A proper british day out.
i've started ( this thread ) so I'll finish
likely last swim of the year today - same place as the first one.
I had some great swims at the end of August in Jersey
If anyone knows them, in this order I went in at
Portlet, Archirondel, St Brelades, La Coupe, La Rocque and Rozel. Amazing how tides and places offer such different swims and temperatures.
I'm wondering if I can get a south coast england swim in before the end of October. Thinking about going to Climping(nr Littlehampton) as it'll need to be via train from London. anyone know that beach?
I had my first (and probably last) sea swim yesterday. Went to somewhere between Whitstable and Herne Bay. Fairly brief but enjoyable. There's a wind farm there and there was a Rescue helicopter which appeared to be rescuing someone in the distance.
I went swimming in the river yesterday with lil fraction
I am jealous and find it grossly unfair that you didn't think to take me with you to Jersey.
I went to Littlehampton West Beach (opposite side of the Arun from the awful tacky pleasure beach) a few weeks back which is a little way east of Climping. Steeply sloping shingle (although that was at near-high tide), backed by whispering sand dunes and marram grass (SSSI no less), a Napoleonic fort lurking in the brambles and a nice little cafe. I went midweek (late August/early September? I forget) and it wasn't particularly crowded. 20 minute walk from the station, but quite a pleasant walk, over the river and past the boatyards. I suppose a further 10 minutes' westwards along the shingle towards Atherington will get you to the beach south of Climping, but I'm not sure it would be much different. No sand dunes there though, looking at the map.
I have been to Cooden Beach quite a few times this year (most recently last Thursday, after a visit to Pevensey Castle) as it meets all the essential requirements for a day on the beach for me: sun + sea + sand* + solitude + station. Which makes it perfect as long as I remember to take cocktails and a good book. Seaford comes a close second, but loses points for lack of solitude, whereas at Cooden Beach I can have a whole section of beach from one groyne to the next to myself.
*at low tide anyway:
The sea seems amazingly warm at the moment in the south. I've had an enjoyable swim at 13 degrees C.
I went in Saturday at Worthing for my first swim in the sea this year. Not cold at all.
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