There is one event that we look forward to more than any other here at the Passage House Inn, and it is the annual Topsham to Turf Ferryman’s Swim. Not surprising really given our long standing friendship with the ferrymen of Topsham. Every August, Mike is joined by a growing number of intrepid swimmers who take to the water and swim from just outside our doors, down the River Exe, to Turf Locks. As well as the adrenaline rush gained from a spot of wild swimming, they do so in order to raise money for the Estuary League of Friends, a very worthy local charity.
Wild swimming is an activity that is on the rise in the UK and with very good reason. It’s a great way of getting outside and getting active. According to wildswimming.co.uk it ‘soothes muscle aches, relieves depression and boosts the immune system’ as well as having a whole host of long-term benefits such as lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, reduced fat disposition and increased fertility. It’s also a brilliant way to explore the countryside around us as you hunt out the best spots for a dip. Be it lake, river or sea, it is the opinion of a growing number that you just can’t beat a spot of wild swimming.
The Ferryman’s Swim is a great starter event if you’re new to the activity as the swim itself isn’t too long, you’ve got a fair bit of current assistance and everyone involved is friendly and guaranteed to make you feel welcome. You also have the added benefit of knowing that you are helping to raise money for a most excellent cause. On top of that, once finished, it’s easy enough to jump onto the ferry back to Topsham to warm up with some hot food and tell us all about your achievement!
This year, the swim is taking place on Saturday 13th August at 14:30, all details on how to get involved can be found here. So why not be brave and dip your toe (pun definitely intended) into the world of wild swimming with the Topsham to Turf Ferryman’s Swim? But if you can’t quite bring yourself to strip off and get into the Exe, never fear…you can still be part of it. Sponsor one of the competitors and then come and join us at The Passage House Inn as we cheer from the starting line before settling down with some good food and a pint by the river to watch them as they race downstream, led by our very own ferryman of Topsham, Mike Stevens.