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Having swum every open stretch, pool and puddle than a bath tub from the 2 sources of the River Dart right through to the open sea this is a collection of my favourite places.

Chris Popham


Swims in this collection

  1. Sandy Hole Pass

    Brit grid ref SX622813, above the East Dart Waterfall there is a bowl in the moorland with 3 swim spots best approached from upstream as...

  2. Mel Tor Pools

    These pools are upstream from Sharrah, and can be accessed from there with a scramble up the bank, or from Mel Tor on the other...

  3. Sharrah Pool, Dartmoor

    'For an amazing outdoor dip head to Sharrah Pool on Dartmoor. This is a 100 metre crystal clear stretch of the River Dart, sandwiched between...

  4. Bel Pool

    Bel Pool is on the E side of Belpool Island downstream from the famous Sharrah Pool. It can be accessed from New Bridge the R...

  5. Horseshoe Falls

    Natural jacuzzi in the Double Dart where you can sit and bob around in the bubbles, slide over, and swim in the pools up and...

  6. Holne Bridge, River Dart

    From about 20 yards upstream of the bridge where the river tumbles down rapids is the top of the pool created by the weir 300...

  7. Hembury Woods

    Hembury Woods is a good example of western oak woodland with a wet alder wood in the valley and areas of heathy grassland around Hembury...

  8. Stillpool

    Deep section of the River Dart about 1/2 a mile or so from Staverton. Can be accessed by foot. Has a little sandy river beach...

  9. dartington estate

    Park in Totnes near the river. Walk upstream to the weir. Above the weir is a beautiful pool with easy access straight off the footpath. Its...

  10. Kingswear

    Downstream of the Lower Ferry the estuary is wider with the boat traffic keeping to the middle leaving the banks for the swimmers. Parking in...

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