Thrill of the chill

Updated: 4 days ago

Bude tidal pool at Summerleaze beach, north Cornwall. Photograph: Getty Images

The Guardian reports: From an icy dip in Snowdonia to a plunge into the Atlantic in Cornwall, here is where to go if you are in the mood for an invigorating, cold-water swim – bobble hats are recommended.

Bude tidal pool, Cornwall


The rough waves and strong tides of the Atlantic can be daunting for even the strongest swimmer. This pool – part natural, part carved into the rock – offers a safer place to enjoy the chilly Cornish seas. Created in the 1930s to provide a safe pool for the people of Bude, it is supervised by lifeguards during working hours in the summer but not out of season. Friends of Bude Sea Pool, the charity that runs it, advises avoiding high tide and swimming at low tide. Head to Life’s a Beach cafe for a warming cuppa afterwards.

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