One woman's wild swimming adventures in the west country

Secret Ten Tors

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Honey – First In as Usual

A lovely day and a little jaunt involving a prolonged route march in order to explore a particular river on the high moor, which must for now remain a secret as it’s going to feature in Sophie and Matt’s latest wild swimming book due out next year.

Lou and Baa in the Falls

Lou and Baa in the Falls

There is no more spectacular place than this. We swim in a long pool up a narrow chasm to a tallish waterfall, and shoot back down overlooked by vertiginous tors. The spectacle overhead almost removes the pain of collisions with one of the invisible rocks lurking near to  the surface. Next we wander downstream to a smaller pool and play in an ornamental waterfall. Monster-leg-hair moss gives hand and foot holds on granite boulders, while slick green algae is like greased lightning on others.  My sore muscles are pummelled into submission. We head back through sucking bog, and an exhausted Honey swims yet another pool to play with a rather handsome collie named Badger. Finally we arrive at the Royal Standard in Mary Tavy for a lovely pint of Dartmoor IPA and rather gorgeous meal some six hours after setting off. Sophie later names the adventure Ten Tors.

Rachel Thinks About Getting In

Rachel Thinks About Getting In

Honey Takes a Break

Honey Has a Cat Nap



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4 thoughts on “Secret Ten Tors

  1. Looks great. Are the upland rivers feeling any warmer now it’s almost summer? I’m in the Peak District this weekend and considering a swim tomorrow if there isn’t too much water-wetsuit packed just in case!

  2. Chris on said:

    Not very secret when the bit at the bottom of the blog entry under ‘related content’ contains a spoiler!!!
    I did a hike across the moor after dark from ****** one time as the full moon rose over the tors and I camped right by this pool. It was November and first thing in the morning it was a bit cold. Also the smaller pool upstream.

    • I can’t see those bits, so never mind! Anyone who knows the moor will be able to work it out I guess. When I was in Dartmoor Rescue we used to camp a couple of miles upstream for Ten Tors – river crossings being the dangerous places. Always loved it.

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