Immerse yourself in the best of Cornwall and discover the joys of sea swimming, estuary swooshing, diving, paddling and gliding on our exploration of everything wild. We have created the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation, immersing guests in some of the most iconic swims in Cornwall.
The tour is fuelled by cake, wonderful Cornish food and good company!
Iconic Swims With Like-Minded People
Our swimming holidays in Cornwall are for all types of swimmer with a number of different swims planned every day. On this tour you will swim in deserted coves, inaccessible by car, walk to hidden beaches which look like the Caribbean, dip or dive in sea pools at low tide and visit some of the iconic swims which are fast becoming bucket list “must swims”.
Our guides provide motivation, good cheer and full safety support on all swims, ensuring each guest can swim as much or as little as they like (we suggest swimmers can swim 400m as a minimum). In addition, there’s always another option if the sea is too rough!
Reviving and refreshing and with two or more swims planned each day, we link together the most stunning sea and estuary swims and some of the most incredible walks along the South West Coast Path which our guests rave about.
Cornish Wild Swimming Holiday Itinerary
Day 1South Cornish coast, Fowey and Ready Money Cove
Arriving into Lostwithiel Railway Station for 1pm, we’ll meet you at the station and set off on a to Fowey and our first swim at Ready Money Cove, a sandy and sheltered cove with stunning views across the estuary. We’ll then walk the South West Coastal Path to the stunning and hidden Polridmouth before getting to know your group over a group dinner in the evening – the perfect start to this swimming, walking holiday!
Day 2Lantic Bay, Lanivet Bay, Fowey and SUP
Taking the ferry across from Fowey to Polruan we begin our morning walk along the stunning South Cornwall coast to dip and dive into Lantic Bay, Lanivet Bay and/or Lansallos Bay, depending on how long we linger and how much walking we want to do! We’ll set up a picnic on the beach for you to enjoy as you take a well-earned break mid-day. In the afternoon we loop back towards Bodinnick Ferry and head back to Fowey where there is the option for some SUP or kayaking. Staying near Fowey again means more time on your feet and in the water.
Day 3Polkerris, Goran Haven, Mevagissey and more!
We have an early morning swim at Polkerris before transferring to Goran Haven for a dip then a beautiful coastal walk towards the pretty harbour town of Mevagissey. Along the way we stop off for a sea swim at Colona beach, a little known spot – inaccessible by car and the perfect for a spot of swimming away from the crowds. Lunching at a brilliant lobster-focused restaurant – The Kings Arms – in Mevagissey, enjoy the fresh catch and the bustle of this little fishing village. A short transfer to our hotel in the afternoon allows for some free time mid-tour to explore the local area.
Day 4Penzance Lido and the Lizard
A morning swim in the wonderful Penzance Lido with its 35 degree geothermal pool! We then quickly transfer to the Lizard and some of the most spectacular cliff-top views of the week, followed by a swim by the sheltered harbour at Mullion Cove. We transfer a short trip to the famous and pretty village of Coverack for a picturesque lunch and relaxed afternoon swim along the beach. With an optional swim at Cadgwith if time, we head to our hotel in the evening after an action-packed day.
Day 5North Cornwall Coast, St Ives and Carbis Bay
Transferring and taking the train into St Ives – known as one of Britain’s most beautiful train journeys! – we take the morning to explore the town, swim in the sheltered harbour or the Atlantic facing Porthmeor Beach. Look out for seals, regularly spotted perusing this coast line and happily floating alongside swimmers with their natural curiosity. Lunching in Carbis Bay, and swimming crystal clear water, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you are in the Caribbean! In the afternoon there is an optional transfer towards Marazion to swim in the bay, with stunning views over the causeway to St Michael’s Mount. We dine as a group for our last night’s dinner.
Day 6Lostwithiel and Farewells
Pre breakfast there is the chance for one final swim at Battery Rocks (at the back of the Penzance Lido) before we transfer guests back to Penzance or Lostwithiel railway station and the end of the tour. Our guides will help you with all your ongoing travel arrangements and send you off with a glow from your week of adventure!
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Led by our outstanding, qualified, swimming guides, we know every beach and cove, beach cafe stop, local pub and restaurant, hidden away cove and isolated beach! Most importantly we are students of the sea and understand where and when to swim in relation to tides and weather conditions.
We take care of everything for you, with your accommodation pre-booked, all transfers between swims in our own vehicles, you’ll not need to worry about your luggage transfers, lunch and dinner bookings as it will all have been taken care of for you. All you need to do is relax, immerse yourself in the journey ahead and enjoy.
Swimmers are wonderful people – fact. Our guests are “the salt of the earth”, fun and supportive, groups become like family and often enjoy each others company so much they come back again – altogether!
A Swimming Holiday in Cornwall...closer than you think!
With easy rail / bus and car journeys from London, Bristol or the Midlands, arrive to the start of your trip ready to go! We’ll start your holiday straight from the train station at Lostwithiel so just bring yourself, your swimwear, tow float, wetsuit (if you use one) some sturdy walking shoes and a sense of adventure – we’ll cover everything else.
Meet and Greet Location
Lostwithiel Train Station, Cornwall
Handpicked 3* Hotels / Pubs or Budget Hotels
All Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, 1 Picnic Lunch
5 Nights Accommodation
Professional Tour Leader / Guide
Shore and On-Water Safety Support for all Swims
Transport and Transfers Throughout
Wetsuits - Strongly Recommended But Not Essential
Gratuity for Guide / Tour Leader
What is the best way to get to Cornwall?
The best way out of London and other major cities into the heart of Cornwall is by train. We start our tours straight from our station pickups – so arrive ready to get walking to your first swim adventure! For those looking to drive, there may be parking at the stations we pick up from where you can leave your cars for the duration of your trip.
Can I join this Swimming Holiday on my own, as a single traveler?
Absolutely! We bring like-minded people together on these trips, to enjoy a group atmosphere, get stuck into some great activities, water sports, hikes and to share a well-deserved meal with at the end of each day. Over 30% of our guests travel alone and swimmers are always very accommodating and welcoming. Solo guests have the option to have a room on their own or share with another guest.
Do I need to be a good swimmer to go wild swimming?
We require guests to be competent swimmers. All guests must be able to swim 400m unsupported before joining this tour. If you would like to chat to one of our team about your particular trip, fitness and activity levels and what is involved in coming on one of our tours, please get in touch and we would be happy to help.
What do I need to bring on this Cornwall Wild Swimming Holiday?
For all our tours we will send out kit lists in plenty of time before your tour.
It’s completely up to guests what they swim in, however we recommend wetsuits in April – June as the waters are still chilly! For “skins” swimmers, we ask for evidence that they are swimming regularly in advance of the tour.
We provide brightly coloured hats for all guests
Tow-floats are mandatory, for visibility purposes
What else do I need to bring?
We highly recommend bringing warm clothes – Dry robe / dressing gown etc – for after you have swum
Hats / warm shoes are also highly recommended
Beach shoes – such as crocs are required although flip flops are not recommended (to flimsy on rocky beaches)
Walking shoes / a strong pair of trainers are required as there are walks of up to 2 miles to access the more remote swimming locations
A walking jacket / trousers, should the weather be inclement
Relaxed evening attire – nothing smart needed!
Can I bring a non-swimming guest?
Non-swimmers are actively encouraged and play a full part in the tours. They will be able to walk to all the swims and be part of all of the group activities. They will not be able to travel in support boats or craft however. Please contact us prior to booking if you would like to bring a non-swimming guest.