Three iconic open water swims from the Chestnut Appeal

Burgh Island, St Michael’s Mount and the Plymouth Breakwater: if you wanted to select three iconic south Devon and Cornwall swims, you be making a good start with these. And local charity, the Chestnut Appeal, as organised swims at all of them this summer.
However, if you want to do all three, you’ll be disappointed. The Plymouth Breakwater Swim (16 Aug) is already full and has an ever-growing reserve list.
If you’re quick though you should still be able to get a place on the other two.
The 1.5 mile swim around St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall is scheduled for the evening of Saturday 18 July – it will be taking place at high tide so you can swim over the causeway.
David Squires from the Chestnut Appeal says: “It was such a great event last year and we had such great feedback that we just had to come back again this year.  And with the added interest it being an evening swim we hope that we can attract around 100 people to take part.”
Then, on 20 September, is the Burgh Island swim in South Devon, which is one of the most spectacular round island swims in the country and attracts swimmers from far and wide. This one kicks off at 10:30 in the morning and has been a feature on the Chestnut Appeal’s calendar since 2011.
Both of these sea swims are challenging and the charity recommends that all those who take part have experience of open water swimming and can complete around 100 lengths of a 25m pool. 
Registration for the swims is £30 (each) which covers the cost of organising the event.  Chestnut Appeal also asks that all those who take part raise a minimum of £50. To date the Burgh Island swim alone has raised around £70k for the charity, which supports men with prostate cancer and their families across Devon and Cornwall.
For more information please contact David at the Chestnut Appeal on

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