Book review – Beyond the Beach

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12/02/2013 by Carl Reynolds

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For a couple of years now I’ve been reading two Devon based swimming blogs – one called Devon Dispatches and one called Wild Woman Swimming. Both of them cover inland and coastal wild swimming – and imho are worth bookmarking, tagging or RSSing. Sophie Pierce, who blogs at Devon Dispatches, has just published a book with fellow swimmer Matt Newbury. Beyond the Beach – The secret wild swims of Torbay, takes the reader (and eventual swimmer) on a tour from Maidencombe to Durl Rock. Or for those of you more familiar with the solid – from Torquay down to Brixham.

Illustrated with underwater shots from Dan Bolt and a range of sumptious above water shots from Dan, Sophie and Matt, Beyond the Beach takes you on a tour of places like the Hindu Temples, Bell Rock, London Bridge and the Kraken’s Cave. There’s advice on access, tides, meet and depart points, grid references; and woven into all this local stories, anecdotes and swimming advice.

I for one would never have known that so close to that most quintessential of English towns, Torquay, was a barely explored wilderness. I want you to enjoy the book, so I’m not going to reveal much more. Published by Shoal Publishing, you can read more about the project and buy it here.

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One thought on “Book review – Beyond the Beach

  1. Thanks for the plug! I can also very highly recommend the book – it’s wonderful.

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