Steve Yates: This is my favourite swim hole on the Plym river which rises from two springs on West Dartmoor. The water is usually cool-cold clean and clear if sometimes a little peaty and the river bottom is soft granite sand. At medium water levels, the maximum depth is about 3m. At high levels there is quite strong flow through here but also a nice easy eddy to escape into.
I first found this swim when I was out walking in the valley during a Dartmoor walk and just had to stop for swim. This particular hole is accessed from the forset track on river left and has a really nice beach entry in a little cut out in the bank. I try to swim here several times a week and it is great swimming in the rain here. Out of season or late in the day it is also good for a skinny dip.
If driving through Bickleigh village go past the Royal Marines base and continue straight on down the lane until you go across a small bridge; parking is possible here. Take the path (not the cycle track) down to the river - at the bottom of the path is another swim spot which tends to be a bit faster water but is a good spot when there a lot of kids at the rock. Access can also be made by walking upstream on river right anywhere from Plym bridge. The rock is about 80m downstream.