The first of the Swim & Treks this year will be on Sunday 24 June, starting from the Durdle Door Car Park. For those who haven't taken part in a club Swim & Trek before, it's a wonderful opportunity to experience the cool, clear waters of three of the most iconic swim sites on the Purbeck coastline. None of the swims is longer than 1km and the aim is to soak up the magic of the surroundings, it's not a race!
We are fortunate that our friends at RLSS Poole Lifeguards will provide their Legacy RIB as a safety boat and we'll have communications with them from the shore. Wetsuits are optional and those swimmers who are less confident might wish to use a tow float. The sea temperature at the end of June will almost certainly be in excess of a balmy 15ºC.
Meet Durdle Door car park at 0900 for a 0930 departure.
Drive through the Durdle Door Holiday Camp to the public car park. Car park tickets are £5.00 (2-5 hours) and can used for the next car park at Lulworth Cove. Walk down to West Beach for the first swim of the day, swim through the Door, round the headland to Man O' war Bay and return. (Depending on weather, it might be favourable to swim from Man O' War and through the Door.) Return to car park 11.00 - 11.30 and drive to Lulworth Cove.
Drive to the main car park at West Lulworth and use your retained car park ticket. Walk down to the cove and meet up on the western side of the beach. Swim from Lulworth Cove around to Stair Hole cave and enjoy a short break on the beach before swimming back to Lulworth. Walk back to car and drive to Tyneham Village for Worbarrow Bay (for approximately 13:00).
Drive to the Tyneham village car park for the final swim of the day in Worbarrow Bay. Tyneham relies on voluntary car park contributions with a suggested donation £2.00. Sunday at Tyneham on a sunny day can be very busy so everyone should aim to park on the right of the track near the trees where I hope to have one of our EDOWSC flag markers.
Walk to Worborrow Bay (1Km) for the final swim of the day. The final swim will not be structured but all swimmers should stay towards to eastern side of the bay and not swim beyond the end of the Tout.
Good weather is critical for a successful and enjoyable day out and although we are generally lucky, there is the possibility that the weather, particularly the wind speed and direction will preclude us swimming safely. I'll monitor the forecast throughout the preceding week and ensure everyone is notified by email and FB if the swims have to be postponed by Friday evening.
- Please bring suitable coins for parking and remember to retain the ticket when we leave Durdle Door.
- There will be a registration form to complete before we leave the car park for the first swim. Hopefully we'll have most of the swimmers names but I'll need an emergency contact number for family/friend. We will also record swimmers into and out of the water for every swim.
- It is recommended that walking shoes or trainers are worn to and from swims.
- The sea temperature should be 15ºC plus and with swims not longer than 45 minutes, wetsuits are not considered necessary but this remains a personal choice. For the less confident swimmers it would be safer to wear either a wetsuit or a tow float.
- Bring a picnic lunch for Tyneham and additional snacks if required. If the weather is sunny and warm, everyone should carry enough water and consider wearing a hat and sun screen.
- Consider car sharing with friends if possible.
- Non swimming friends, families and dogs are welcome as long as they are all kept under control!
- Finally: - it would be very helpful if those who hope to attend would let me know by email, including your contact number and the contact name and number of an Emergency Point of Contact.
- If I've forgotten anything or anyone has any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Best wishes and fingers crossed for a warm and balmy day.