Cold Swim Expedition to Lepe Beach in the New Forest

Cold Swim Expedition to Lepe Beach in the New Forest

by | Apr 21, 2022

Lepe beach with Jonah by Tilly Roberts

Last weekend, my friends and I decided to head down to Lepe beach in the New Forest for a swim. We packed the car with lots of blankets, hats, scarves, and hot chocolate. We got there for high tide and ran in with our hats still on. It was freezing, and we ran in and out a few times before we could stand the cold for a swim. It was lovely to feel the cold leave you when you got out of the water. The warm feeling spreads over your body, and the winter air feels tropical compared to the sea.

We all had fun warming up with hot chocolate and skimmed some stones. There were a few unusual occurrences on our trip. First, my friend Emily thought she saw a wallaby in the woods on our way through the forest. Then, when we were getting ready to leave, we all saw a seabird that looked very much like a penguin diving in and out of the waves. When we got back home, I looked up what the bird might be. It was a Razorbill, a rare seabird called an auk from the family of birds called Alcidae. An auk can dive, swim and fly, like a penguin. But they are related to the puffin rather than the penguin. We didn’t find an explanation for the possible wallaby sighting, but we did enjoy the swim and the view.

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