This weekend was Devonshire Dippers first official weekend of bringing people together to swim in our local River, the River Dart. We have been swimming in the River Dart for many years, we have hosted swims for our friends and lovely local swimmers since we moved here and it never fails to amaze me how beautiful the River Dart always looks when you are in it and on it.
For us, we like to swim and be part of small groups. Nothing beats the tranquility that the river brings when all you can see for miles is you, a few of your trusty swimming friends, a supportive kayaker and the beautiful surroundings. Even if you are swimming through rain there is a sense of magic that swimming like this brings.
This weekend provided exactly that. 16 swims took place over the two days, 4km, 6km and the most popular 11km. I imagine going 1km over the Dart 10k spurred people on a bit but mostly I think open water swimmers just love to get together and swim.
The weekend has left me feeling very happy. It has made the simple Devonshire Dippers formula more important to us than ever before. Small groups, friendly swimmers, tasty treats, good natters, a quirky sense of humour and most importantly lovely swims.
The River Dart is magical but it isn’t just the Dart that offers magic around here as many know. There are so many swimming spots to explore and that is what we will keep showing our visitors. Devon is a treasure trove of swims, just take a look at Sophie Pierce and Matt Newbury’s book “Beyond the Beach: the secret wild swims of Torbay”. Sophie also writes a blog: http://secretwildswims.wordpress.com and they are currently exploring Dartmoor as I type to write another swimming guide for us. Devon is an amazing county for swimming so please keep coming to visit.
In the meantime, a huge thank you to our first bunch of swimmers.We would welcome you back like a shot. In the words of one of our swimmers ‘it was epic’. It really was!
We hope to see you all again, very soon and we will as promised post new dates and updates asap.