Monthly Archives: July 2014

Wild Swimming on the Jurassic Coast

I live very close to the sea on the Jurassic Coast. Last night a few friends and I took advantage of the calm summer weather and swam the 2.5km from Charmouth to Lyme Regis.

We assembled at Charmouth and set off, hoping the tidal flow was going our way.

Ready to start at Charmouth

Ready to start at Charmouth

The cliffs between Lyme Regis and Charmouth have suffered some huge mud slides in recent years and are off limits. We measured our progress as we headed west.

Heading West

Heading West

It’s important to establish a steady rhythm and keep your mind away from killer whales and jellyfish.

Steady progress

Steady progress

There is an awareness of your buddies whilst swimming and progress is measured by the slowly changing scenery on Black Ven.

Passing Black Ven

Passing Black Ven

We had set off at low water and as we closed on Lyme Regis we had to walk over a band of rock, before swimming the last 800m or so to the beach.

Walking over a band of rock

Walking over a band of rock

We had a lovely evening on the beach afterwards and just got away before a thunderstorm.

Lyme Regis beach

Lyme Regis beach