As a county we are undeniably lucky when it comes to areas of outstanding natural beauty. Wild swimming and searching for shooting stars are up there with a few of our favourite things to do, and below we’ve compiled a list of our favourite places that double up as ideal swimming spots by day, but also boast starry scenes at night.
Have you ever taken the plunge in the natural pool? You’ll find it near Rocky Beach in Trevone at low tide. Each day the water is refreshed by the sea and the pool becomes uncovered during low tide. It’s a great place for kids to play, a bit of peace and quiet and the doggies love it too! You can also explore the gullies, rock pools and little coves tucked around the corner. We’d recommend hiring SUPs from Trevone Beach Stores and taking to the sea to explore everything the area has to offer. This spot is beautiful by day, but on clear nights the sky becomes aglow with millions of sparkling stars.
Mother Ivey’s Bay
On crystal days, when the sun is beating down, the water at Mother Ivey’s looks practically tropical. The turquoise sea against white sand is honestly the stuff of dreams and there’s nothing quite like an early morning dip to wake you up, clear your mind and set you up for the day. During the summer afternoons the beach teems with families, playing on kayaks, snorkelling and dolphin watching, but come the evening the beach is a peaceful haven once again. As Trevose Head is a protected area there aren’t many houses, meaning darker skies and minimal light pollution. Enter the starriest skies you have ever seen. Lay your head back on the sand and you’ll be sure to spot a shooting star or two.
St. George’s Well
It’s very rare to find a wave on the estuary, meaning it’s the perfect, peaceful place to swim, especially if you don’t want to get your hair wet! You can walk from Greens to the beach at St. George’s Well in a matter of minutes and it’s a sanctuary from the busy streets of Padstow in the summer. We love to take a wander here along the beach at low tide or along the cliff path in the afternoons, whiling away the hours paddling, swimming with the dogs and lying on the sand in the shade of the trees. As the stars begin to appear their reflections mingle with the lights of Padstow, Rock and Daymer in the calm estuary, only disturbed by the boats leaving the harbour to go night fishing.
Another low tide natural swimming spot, the tidal pool at Treyarnon is a rock pool big enough to swim in, no matter how old you are! Doggies love it as a place to cool down and you’ll find kiddies splashing around in here for as long as the tide allows during the summer months. Friends and families share cosier moments here when the sun goes down, small campfires glowing, BBQs lit and blankets spread out for a chilled evening of stargazing, quiet conversations and laugher.
Many of the scenes we have described involve a little pinch of summer, but don’t forget that with winter we also welcomed the arrival of earlier evenings and darker nights; making these colder months the perfect time to spot shooting stars and learn the different constellations. Swimming on the other hand might seem slightly less inviting!