Coasteering Heights in North Devon
Adventure challenge for the South West Outdoor Festival
Those of you who voted for the National Trust South West Outdoor Festival competition will be wondering what ever happened to it. Did I go kayaking or paddle boarding or even try out some yoga out in the gorgeous scenery of Heddon Valley.
Well I can tell you that I did none of them.
You voted for me to try out coastal paddle boarding and I was excited to try it out, especially off the coast of North Devon. However on our way to the south west outdoor festival it got a bit too windy for it, so instead we went coasteering! DUn dUN DUN!!
Now some of you may know what this is, but I wasn't entirely sure what I was saying yes to. I knew there was coastal swimming and rocks involved and that's about it. It is in fact swimming out to rocky areas, climbing, clambering and jumping off rather large rocks. This is totally not something I'd have chosen to do myself, so I'm really glad that I got the chance to do it here. I didn't even get that cold, which is very surprising. One of my main issues for me in the English sea is the temperature - being half Greek I've been spoiled by warm Mediterranean water. But a good wetsuit and some jumping and swimming to warm you up and everything is fine!
We jumped off a few different heights and in all honesty, had the young kids that were in our group not jumped off the highest point (10 metres or so) I probably would have passed. But you can't be outdone by the kids now right?!
The guys from exmoor adventures were awesome and patient - even when I didn't jump at 3! And made me feel safe even when there were waves crashing against us. (Adding some good drama.)
Everything was made that extra bit special when you could look out at sea and marvel at the views. Seascapes are my favourite, I could sit and stare for hours, listening to the waves and watching the world go by.
We were in and out of the water and jumping off rocks for about 2 hours. Just the right amount of time I thought. After we stayed to take in the view, got a bit windswept, (Thankfully I had my new warmth from Cotworld Outdoors to keep me out for longer!) grabbed a cuppa and I collected some sea water from Hele Bay for a new art project I'm working on. (More info here soon)
We met some lovely people whilst clambering about and everyone was excited about the festival and all the other activities they were going to try out. Some had already been tree climbing, doing yoga and star gazing the night before. I'm already looking forward to next year so I can try wild food foraging and maybe even some axe throwing! You never know when it could come in handy!
Thank you to all those who voted for me to go this great national trust adventure and congrats to Jessica Plumb for winning the £100 Cotswold Outdoor voucher. I'm sure you'll use it wisely!
I'm always in awe at how beautiful the southwest of England is, especially around spring and autumn. I could be biased of course as I live in South Devon atm. But just look at the photos!
If you didn't get a chance to head to the festival this year, I highly recommend it, but why wait for a whole year to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful British countryside? Get out there now! Be adventurous...
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