Swimming and exploring South Devon, from Dartmoor to the sea
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Another trip to the Hindu Temples
Approaching the first cave (photo Aaron Kitts)
I never tire of swimming at the Hindu Temples in Torquay. They are a set of interlinking caves in the sandstone cliffs at Livermead; the writer Charles Kingsley described them thus: "the fantastic rocks of Livermead, scooped by the waves into a labyrinth of double and triple caves, like Hindu Temples..." They are an extraordinary natural feature. On Saturday morning we arrived to find the sea calm and a stunning petrol blue. The dark entrances of the caves beckoned us in and rock doves cooed above, roosting in the crevices, as we swam into the gurgling depths of the first cave. The water swirled around in the second cave and I got a bruised knee, but I never mind a few bruises after a swim like that.