Ah, summer, is that (finally) you? I’ve been spending most of June splashing about on the Cornish coast and diving into hidden green lakes, so it seems fitting that my second Seasalt style post is all about summery swimwear and stripes to wear by the sea.
Immersing yourself in an empty lake or the rolling ocean frees your mind; stretches out your limbs and washes away the stress of the outside world. And the best time to give the life aquatic a try is when summer warms the cold water of our green island. Dip a toe in at my favourite spots – you might just find your inner mermaid.
Five favourite wild swimming spots
Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire: Leap off one of the natural stone steps into the deep water of this coastal quarry for an adrenaline rush, but wear a wetsuit, as the water here is always pretty freezing.
Lake District Pots: The lovely land of the Lakes is a wild swimmer’s dream. On a baking hot day seek out the small, deep pots, full of irresistibly fresh cold water. A pot, in case you’re wondering, is a local name for a natural plunge pool. My favourite is Black Moss Pot.
Kynance Cove, Cornwall: Mermaids will feel right at home in the limpid water of this glorious cove. There’s a reason there are myriad paintings of this fairytale place – come early in the morning and you’ll have it all to yourself.
Sharrah Pools, Dartmoor: A cold, deep lagoon of crystal-clear water in the river Dart with a shady grove next to it for a picnic.
Bitton, Somerset: On baking hot days I love to cycle out of Bristol along the canal path to Bitton, where there’s a little jetty on the river you can jump off for a swim among reeds and moorhens.
Wild swimming: essential safety
-Always check the depth of the water first
-Search out an easy exit point before entering the water
-Avoid swimming alone
-Wear aquatic sandals with a good grip when on rocks
-If you encounter weeds, don’t panic. They are easiest to navigate by floating gently through
-Avoid swimming in city rivers – the water can carry harmful bacteria
MY SUMMER SEASALT SWIM FAVOURITES
Swilker swimsuit, £37.50: The dream swimsuit is here. The super-flattering Swilker is a pleasure to wear – I love the fifties shape, removable straps and bright breton cherry-red stripes.
Sailor tshirt, £25: A striped sailor tee is one of the wardrobe staples Seasalt do best. The simple cut and warm red and cream stripes make this classic top easy to style – I wear mine under dungarees or as a coverup on the beach.
Lovina shorts, £45: Rather like the uber-comfy Brawn Point crops from my last post, these shorts are a go-anywhere piece. Comfy cool linen is perfect for long hikes and days out and the smart maritime navy hue is posh enough to wear for lunches, picnics and even to work.
Bilander bikini top, £20, and reversible Beachcomber briefs, £15: Stripes or sailing boats? Have both with the reversible bottoms of this pretty indigo-blue bikini. The stay-put tie-front top makes it great for surfing and cliff-jumping, too.
Incredibly Useful Towel, £15: Lightweight, quick drying cotton makes the perfect towel for beach days, festivals and camping trips. Plus, the pastel stripes are so pretty you’ll want to wear these nifty towels as a shawl or use them to snuggle under on rainy days. An easy summer gift.
Moses slider sandals, £29.99: I wasn’t sure I was a slider kind of gal until I tried these yellow beauties on. They. Are. So. Comfortable. The perfect poolside shoe, and they are made of recycled plastic.
Sailor square, £3.50 – Cheer up your tresses with a bright headscarf in primary red, yellow or blue, or tie on to your travel luggage to make it easy to spot.
Here’s to a baking hot summer. In July I’ll be featuring more Seasalt lovelies, including laid-back linens and cosy coverups for days spent exploring Cornwall’s gardens, galleries and secret spots.