Cold water swimming


There’s nothing quite like a skin-tingling swim in the sea to reinvigorate you during a break. In Marazion, you’ll find the shallow and relatively sheltered waters of Mount’s Bay, home to St Michael’s Mount. Swimmers dare to dip even in the winter, but make sure you have a warming cup of tea waiting for you when you get out, and follow this advice from the RNLI.

Please note: There are no lifeguards in the off-season, so it’s always safer to swim with others. Follow the Penzance and Marazion Bluetits to see when they’re next heading out for a swim.


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