Books on Local Swim Spots

Beyond The Beach 
- Secret Wild Swims of Torbay

The coastline of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham in Devon is Britain’s best kept swimming secret.  With sapphire, crystal clear sea, and intriguing caves, islands and rock formations, Torbay is a fascinating aquatic playground just waiting to be explored.

In this lovingly-researched new guide, Matt Newbury and Sophie Pierce take the reader beyond the popular beaches into a hidden world.  Torbay’s 22 miles of coastline is enormously diverse, from the terracotta crags of Maidencombe, to the spectacular limestone arch at the grandly-named London Bridge; its waters are among the shallowest and safest in the UK.  The book features fifteen detailed swims packed with practical information, as well as the history, popular culture, geology and marine biology of each unique section of coast.  Captivating images by underwater photographer Dan Bolt reveal a previously unseen side to this coast, away from the sandcastles and candyfloss.

The book also looks at Torbay’s proud history of sea swimming, and a golden age when the resort was known as Queen of the Watering Places.  The Bay was once renowned throughout the country for its amazing swimming; now it’s time to rediscover what made this small corner of England so famous.

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Pool of Dreams
- The development and restoration of Tinside in Plymouth

available from £13.50