Once we reached Devon the first big test would start - swimming across the Bristol Channel to Wales. The 50 mile section would take about 4-5 days depending on tides which would now push me sideways left and right making the swimming distance more like 60 miles. I was really nervous but took a few days off to recover before setting off.
We got an early start from Hartland Quay with the plan of getting to Lundy Island. Unfortunately the tide was so strong I got swept way off coarse to the east and was then trying to fight the tide to keep north. It was exhausting. Eventually the tide turned and we hoped it would take me back west and onto Lundy but it started taking me south again so we called it a day. We were about 3 miles south east of Lundy so I pinpointed my position and we went over to explore the island. Lundy has an amazing history. It only has 28 residents and in the past was occupied by pirates who pillaged goods from ships heading into Bristol. Also Lundy had loads of puffins.
Day two into the Bristol Channel was quite short. I burned myself out a bit and only managed 8 miles in the good tides. Luckily we were close enough to Lundy to go back and drop anchor there and do some more exploring so we did just that.
By day four we could finally see Wales in the distance. The sight of land spurred me on, and this time I was greeted by a few seals that came within a few meters of me. One was the size of a horse, which was a little intimidating but they were very inquisitive and a nice surprise. I swam another 16 miles but gave up when the tide started taking me west out to sea. My route was never going to touch Wales this early as I was planning to stay at sea and keep going west till around the southwest corner. But technically I had done it. I was as far across the channel I was going to go and it felt great. If I could make that I could make anything. First hurdle done!