Wild water swimming is especially rewarding this summer as our wild water correspondent Calvin Barden reports from this latest discovery on Bodmin Moor. He was in fact en route to a South Cornwall holiday cottage, Brane End Farm, near Sennen Cove, and so this proved to be the perfect halfway refresher-swim…
A sat nav will not help you to locate Goldiggins Quarry in the middle of Bodmin Moor, just drive to the hamlet of Minions and then use your Ordinance Survey map to find the quarry. Although we had brought a map, I never actually got it out because instinct told us to head for a large pile of rocks in the distance and our hunch turned out to be correct.
It is a bit of a hike but you will be well rewarded by a spectacular deep blue pool that is framed by jagged outcrops of sheer granite, the water is clear and looks deep but some submerged blocks still seem alarmingly close. However five local lads were jumping straight from the granite outcrops into the water… see video below!
For a few moments I was tempted by the idea of easing myself gently into the water at the shallow edges, but told myself that whilst August in Cornwall is not always hot, it is never really cold – and using this logic I joined the lads and took the plunge. Arriving totally unprepared, I wore nothing but my briefs. I took a long run and a leap … it seemed like a long time before I hit the water.
However the expected cold shock didn’t come for weeks of sun had done its job. It was actually warm! That was it. I couldn’t be stopped. Scaling ever increasing heights and taking longer run ups, I tombstoned till I was exhausted. Even the mile walk back to the car with wet boxers couldn’t dampen my spirits after this uplifting experience.
With thanks to researcher Letty Barden
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