Sian Lane of The Chestnut Appeal writes
Growing up in Plymouth, I have been lucky enough to be beside, on or in the sea most of my life. Swimming in the sea all year round is a wonderful experience, from sunrise and sunset swims, to surprise sun on a December afternoon swim. It is a wonderful way to explore our coastline from a different perspective and challenge ourselves with different swims in different locations.
Down in this part of the world, we are so lucky that the Chestnut Appeal for Men’s Health organises some truly iconic swims for people to take part in… Through individual sponsorship, the swims raise money for the Chestnut Appeal to continue and expand its amazing work.
The Chestnut Appeal originally set up in 1999, is based at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and raises awareness of Male Cancers across the region; encouraging men to talk about their health and to take action when they think something might be wrong. They support the very latest in treatments and technology that wouldn’t be available without community fundraising. The Chestnut Appeal also run an online support group, open to all across the UK.
For more information, please visit: www.chestnutappeal.org.uk
Drakes Island, Plymouth
Drakes Island is within Plymouth Sound, and this swim is the only way to swim across the busy shipping lanes between Firestone Bay and Drakes island! A great swim for those new to open water swimming, with an out and back swim of approx. 1.5km in distance.
St Michaels Mount, Marizion, Penzance
One of only two organised swims a year that are allowed by the St Aubyn family who live in the castle. This swim starts off on the beach at Marazion; swimming around the Mount and back to the beach. The waters are beautifully clear, but this can be a challenging swim, of approximately 2.5km.
Breakwater Swim, Plymouth
A 4km swim across the busy Plymouth Sound. Swimmers register at Commercial Wharf on the historic Barbican, before heading out to the Breakwater by boat, watching all the landmarks of Plymouth. Jumping off the boats, swimmers head back to the Victorian bathing structures at Tinside East beach. This can be a challenging swim, but a great way to get up close to the Breakwater and to see just how big the yellow buoys in the sound are!
Looe Island, Looe
Swimmers are transported by Glass-Bottomed Boat to the Island, a nature reserve owned by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Swimmers swim from the Island to Looe beach in the heart of the village. Also, a great swim for friends and family to spectate as well. The swim is approximately 1.5km.
Burgh Island, Bigbury on Sea
Burgh Island and Burgh Island Hotel are both iconic South Devon landmarks, located opposite Bigbury-on-Sea beach. A swim around the island over the mostly sandy bottom, past dramatic cliffs and hidden coves, is approximately 1.5km.
For details on how to register on one of our swims then please visit our website and keep an eye out for the swims: Cancer Charity Events For Men In The UK | The Chestnut Appeal