While South Devon is well known for Wild Swimming and glorious beaches it is also home to a great range of pools for you to try. Here are a few of the local favourites.
Shoalstone Outdoor Pool
Brixham’s outdoor seawater swimming pool is one of only a few left in the country, carved from rock and fed by the sea. It has a deep & shallow end and is patrolled by a lifeguard making is safe and fun for all the family. There are large open areas around the pool where you can relax in and enjoy the sun. There is also a small shingle beach adjacent to the pool which is dog friendly. There is easy access with adequate parking at the back of the pool and a nice café with superb views across the bay.
Splashdown Quaywest is the largest outdoor waterpark in the UK. It is located on Goodrington Sands Beach which is within walking distance of St Weonards. The site has 8 water slides the majority of which are aimed at the adrenaline junkie in us! They include a near vertical 65ft drop which is the highest and fastest in the UK! There are also, though, gentler options including a Submarine style adventure for the Under 7s and Tiddler Pool.
Waves Leisure Pool
Should the weather not be great then there is a fabulous indoor option just a few minutes away from St Weonards in Torquay. Waves Leisure Pool has a unique sloping floor, water heated to 29°C a flume and a wave machine. The wave machine is on for five minutes every half hour providing great entertainment and in between there are activities for all ages including a water-play activity centre and toddler slide, featuring water jets, fill ‘n’ spill buckets, hand wheels and water wheels. The centre is patrolled by lifeguards at all times.
The Dart at Spitchwick
The clean river water and family water fun that can be had a Spitchwick justify half hour journey! Surrounded by trees, the clean water (it may look brown by that is due to the healthy peat) and the natural pools for all age groups make it very popular. There is a gorgeous swimming and picnic spot with a high corner pool, a deep, tranquil lower corner pool for serious swimmers; and a cliff for daredevil jumpers. It can get busy on a hot day as families gather to picnic on the common, and parking can be a problem – get there early for a space, or walk the half-mile from the car park at New Bridge. Peaty water, clean from the mountain, this is the most popular and accessible Dart swimming location, especially in summer.
For a grown-up treat why not indulge yourself in a spa day at Aztec Spa in Torquay. Offering a calm and relaxing stay spa days/half days include use of the 25m pool, robes and slippers and refreshments (lunch/fizz/afternoon tea depending on the session booked). You also get a choice of treatment including mini facial, Swedish back and shoulder massage or Elemis Salt scrub. A perfect way to relax into your break in ‘The Bay’.