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Wild Swimming in Cornwall

Wild Swimming in Cornwall

As the May Bank Holiday approaches, it's the perfect time to embrace the joys of sea swimming. Here in Cornwall, we're blessed with some of the most stunning coastal spots that are ideal for a refreshing dip. In this blog, we'll share some of our favourite locations where you can experience the best of what our beautiful county has to offer.

Sea swimming is one of those timeless joys that connects us deeply to nature and ourselves. There's something magical about stepping into the ocean, feeling the cool, salty water wash over you, and letting the waves carry your worries away. It's not just about exercise or adventure; it's about a pure, simple pleasure that humans have cherished for centuries.

With its stunning coastline and crystal-clear waters, Cornwall offers some of the best spots for a rejuvenating dip in the sea. Whether you're an experienced swimmer or just looking to try something new, these four beautiful locations promise an unforgettable adventure.  

 Newquay Harbour 

Plunge into the exhilarating waters of Newquay harbour and immerse yourself in the thrill of sea swimming. Newquay offers the perfect combination of adventure and natural beauty for all ocean enthusiasts.
  Plus, there are a host of fantastic restaurants nearby to enjoy afterwards. 

The crystal-clear waters and sheltered bay create a peaceful backdrop for swimmers of all abilities. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely dip or challenging yourself with a longer swim, the stunning coastal views are such to inspire. 

Treyarnon Sea Pool 

This beautiful tidal sea pool, nestled near the shores of Treyarnon Bay, adjacent to Padstow on the North Coast of Cornwall, offers crystal-clear waters and breathtaking views. It is the perfect spot to reconnect with nature and refresh your spirit. 

To access Treyarnon Sea Pool, simply follow the path on the side of the car park, walk past Treyarnon Bay Youth Hostel, and you’ll see it amongst the rocks. It's important to note that it's accessible solely during low tide, ensuring your safety and allowing you to fully enjoy the mesmerising transformation of the pool with the ebb and flow of the ocean.  

Chapel Point, St Austell 


Chapel Point, nestled near St Austell, is a hidden gem for those searching for a tranquil and secluded swimming spot. This tranquil cove, encircled by jagged cliffs and lush greenery, emanates an unparalleled sense of peace and seclusion. The turquoise waters beckon you to take a dip while the natural splendour of the landscape elevates the entire experience.  

Whether you're swimming alone or with companions, Chapel Point's serenity is bound to leave you feeling re-energised and renewed. 

Pedn Vounder 

Pedn Vounder on the south coast of Cornwall is a must-see for an adventurous swim. This stunning, secluded beach, with its golden sands and crystal-clear waters, is often hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. The dramatic cliffs and rock formations create a breathtaking backdrop for your swim.  

Accessing Pedn Vounder requires a bit of a hike, but the reward is more than worth it. Once you arrive, you'll be greeted by the tranquil, inviting waters, perfect for a leisurely swim. The sense of isolation and natural beauty makes Pedn Vounder a magical spot for sea swimming. 

Whether you're a seasoned swimmer or just dipping your toes in, the sea offers a unique blend of calm and excitement that reminds us of our shared love for the water. However, it's essential to ensure you're safe while enjoying the ocean's embrace. Always be mindful of currents, weather conditions, and your own swimming abilities to fully appreciate the sea's beauty without any worries.

At St. Eval, we cherish the beauty and serenity of Cornwall, and we encourage you to embrace the restorative power of nature. Whether you're lighting one of our candles to unwind after a swim or bringing the essence of Cornwall into your home with our scents, we believe in the importance of moments that nurture the soul. 
Share your wild sea swimming adventures with us on social media @stevalcandles or by email at We’d love to see your photos and hear your stories. Here’s to a rejuvenating and adventurous May bank holiday filled with the beauty of Cornwall's stunning coastline.