Our favourite cold water dip spots in Devon

Wild swimming is part of the Devon charm – it's all about tapping into that feeling of being alive, wading into water that makes your skin tingle or scrambling over rocks to take the plunge and gasp in exhilaration. We can’t get enough of it so we are bringing you some of our fave little cold water dip spots:


Saunton beach – with 3 miles of golden sands, it’s easy to escape the surfers and find yourself a nice quiet spot away from the crowds to strip off and jump into those gentle rolling waves and laugh and scream to your heart’s delight. It’s also handy that the main entrance to that beach has all amenities you need to de-salt and even pop into the café for a hot chocolate to warm up.


Barricane beach – a hidden gem just along from Woolacombe beach, picturesque and sheltered, this Devon cove holds a treasure trove of exotic shells washed in direct from the Caribbean, a total contrast to its UK water temperatures. Due to its narrow make up and steep cliffs, you can safely take a dip without the Atlantic surf washing you back up the beach.


The River Barle, Simonsbath – the largest river on ExmoorNational Park gives you wild swimmers a freshwater option with plenty of amazing wildlife to spot along the way. There is a variety of calmer open water spots to slip into and immerse yourself in its fresh and crystal-clear waters.


We can’t think of a much better way to treat the mind and body than spending time by the sea. And after those Devon dips, you’ll be looking forward to wrapping yourself up in a towel or even better, enjoying a treatment at our Sand Sea Spa retreat. Contact us at hello@sandseasparetreats.com and find out what it can offer you.