Clevedon New Year swim: Hundreds brave water


More than 200 swimmers braved the Severn Estuary waters at Clevedon Marine Lake this morning.

The 15,000m-square (3.7 acre) lake is filled with 30 million litres of tidal seawater from the Severn Estuary on the Bristol Channel.

Water temperatures for the dip were recorded as between 4 and 5C (39 and 41F).

“It’s a shock to the system,” said Steve Treanor, a seasoned dipper, “but it’s so good”.

This year panda outfits, mermaid tails and umbrella hats were popular attire, but many braved just a swimsuit.

“It didn’t seem as good an idea this morning as it did on Christmas Day, but it was breathtaking,” declared first-timer Wesley Jones, who convinced his friend Abby Lawrence to join him late last night.

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