} Best Wild Swim Spots in Cornwall: Our Top 5 Places | Tide + Seek – Tide + Seek | Sustainable Swimwear

Cornwall is the perfect place to dive into the wild swimming world - divine crystal-clear rock pools, remote beaches, and even a waterfall straight out of a fantasy story.  

Here are a few of our favourite spots:

Tide and Seek Sustainable swimwear blog post image of Porthtowan Tidal Pool in St Agnes with overlay text saying 'Spot No. 1 : Porthtowan Tidal Pool,  St Agnes'

1. Porthtowan Tidal Pool, St Agnes

This secret lagoon is tucked away under the cliffs, hidden at high tide and filled with the salty waters from the Atlantic at low tide revealing the man-made tidal pool. Yet a safe wild swimming spot, to get to this pool you must clamber over the rocks and be careful not to get cut off from the beach at high tide. 

After your invigorating dip, warm yourself up in one of the many cozy pubs and cafes overlooking the beautiful beach - 'The Unicorn On the Beach' has something for everyone with fantastic Vegan and Gluten Free options!

Nearest Car Park: Porthtowan Beach Car Park (TR4 8AA)

2. Daymer Bay, Polzeath.

Within the safety of sheltered Daymer bay off the Camel River, this wild swim spot is almost guaranteed to be calm as there are hardly any waves. 

If you felt like going for a short and sweet 35-minute coastal path walk to the very popular side-side town of Polzeath after your swim - we totally recommend it! With all the breathtaking views from the cliffs overlooking the heavenly coast of Polzeath.

Also, you can find some incredible lunch spots once you finish your 2-mile walk like 'Surf Side' which is a rustic beach bar where you can enjoy a light bite or a hearty meal before heading back to Daymer Bay.

Nearest Car Park: Daymer Bay Car Park (PL27 6SA)

Tide and Seek Sustainable swimwear blog post image of Daymer Bay in Polzeath Cornwall, with overlay text saying 'Spot No. 2: Daymer Bay, Polzeath'.
Tide and Seek Sustainable swimwear blog post image of Golitha Falls with overlay text saying 'Spot No.3: Golitha Falls, near Liskeard'

3. Golitha Falls, near Liskeard

Follow the whining river through the ancient oak woodland that is a spectacle for all the senses in itself, with the rather gentle terrain path lined with blooming wildflowers and a woody aroma that fills your nose before coming across the beauty that is Golitha Falls.

Paddle in the shallow waters then, take a dip in the secret plunge pool under the stunning waterfall.

Be careful not to slip on the rocks. 

Nearest Car Park: Golitha Falls Parking (PL14 6RX)

4. Treyarnon Bay Rock Pool.

The hidden gem of Treyarnon Bay is the stunning tidal pool just off the coastal path.

With every rising tide the pool is freshly filled with seawater and is constantly change shape and size with the seasons as the waves wash over it.

It is also the perfect wild swim spot all year round - not to mention a cafe close by to warm up after a chilly winter dip.

Nearest Car Park: Treyarnon Bay Beach Store Ltd, (PL28 8JN).

Tide and Seek Sustainable swimwear blog post image of Treyarnon Bay Rock Pool in Cornwall with overlay text saying 'Spot No.4: Treyarnon bay rock pool'
Tide and Seek Sustainable swimwear blog post image of  the lush Lansallos Cove, Fowey in Cornwall with overlay text saying 'Spot No.5: Lansallos Cove, Fowey'.

5. Lansallos Cove, Fowey.

This secluded semi-circle inlet is part of Lanlivet Bay near Looe.

The waters at Lansallos Cove are crystal clear, making the area a popular spot for wild swimming.

Walk along a delightful track, beside a stream which takes around 20 minutes to get there.

Around the Lansallos area, there are so many incredible walks you can go on (most are also dog friendly!) which you can find in detail maps and directions on the National Trust Website.

Nearest Car Park: Lansallos, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 2PX

Top Tips

Our top tips for when you go wild swimming; never go alone! If you are a pro swimmer or just dabbling into the wild swim world, going alone could get yourself into a bit of a pickle as a lot of these spots have currents or the water may be a bit rougher than you expect. 

Also, before you jump into make sure you know how you are going to get out again. 

And don't get too cold! Make sure you do a little warm up with some stretches and warm clothes before and after a swim. A dry robe is your best friend.

Have fun swimming!