Fishcombe to Elberry – swim/clamber

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06/06/2016 by Carl Reynolds

This weekend saw a spring low tide. Mark and I decided to swim/climb/clamber our way along from Fishcombe Cove to Elberry Cove, a distance of no more than 2km. It took us 1hr 15m – of which about 25-30 mins swimming gently thru kelp and into micro beaches; we both have considerable experience bouldering; have no queasiness about sliding over large beds of kelp and we suited up to give us some protection from barnacles etc. Not for the inexperienced. And a word of caution, the side of Elberry Cove you entered is habituated with boys and there motor toys – jet skis and their like. Hug the shore! 

The start – Fishcombe Cove


the intrepid duo


Fishcombe Point at the edge of Churston Cove!


slabs and rocks from old quarries


covered at high tide!


Breakwater in the distance


at this point we got in and swam


down to the kelp


where’s the exit?


the Midas touch


blocks and slabs


another set of old quarries – ideal for a wild camp


you can take a climber out of water…


Ape considers jumping


bombing


liminality


and the rest is a swim


kelp below the whole way


Elberry Cove in the distance


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Silver Cove – see the range between low and high water


route map – from the bay in Churston Cove by the crease to Elberry to the west

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