It was hot, too hot to do anything more than a gentle stroll for 15 minutes before returning home for a cold shower. Typical Britain, in that we all moan about good weather!! This weekend, I had one boy isolating due to being within a quarter of a mile of someone with a sniffle (no covid found after 2 tests but still has to isolate), so me and my youngest headed off to a Dartmoor swimming spot for some fun. There was a second reason for the visit, as a publisher had decided to use one of my photos of Shilley Pool in their book on outdoor swimming spots of Britain (see the link below if you are interested in some outdoor swimming whether it be sea, lidos, rivers and pools like this). I’d not been to Shilley Pool for a while and I figured that a revisit was required on the back of this and it would be perfect in this weather. The track up to Shilley Pool was very muddy and boggy which was strange considering the week of hot dry sunshine, it also taught me a lesson to always walk in footwear suitable for the terrain (we had to wash our trainers on arrival as my youngest went knee deep in a bog!!). However once there we had another dozen fine people enjoying the pool and space for us to set down and enjoy the water. The best part about this pool is the mossy slippery rocks, providing a cascade down into the pool. A perfect series of slides, giving my youngest a bit of fun, yes the rocks stick up and provide a bump and a stop as you head down but its fun. It was so much fun that we were in there for 90 minutes, which felt like 20, a good guide that we had fun. So much so that this could be my favourite outing on Dartmoor so far. Advert for the new book below.
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Love a bit of wild swimming. Spent most of this weekend in the Wye, playing my my new toy, a Stand Up Paddleboard!