We are lucky enough to live in one of England’s most beautiful counties. We are surrounded by nature and we all love getting out and exploring and experiencing all that Devon has to offer. Always trading tales of our adventures across the workbench. We wanted to share our favourite bits of Devon with you through this series of blog posts.
All of us here at Tanner Bates love wild swimming whenever we’re not crafting beautiful things out of leather.
We have been comparing and trading our favourite swim spots. What better way to explore, relax and cool off? Here are a couple of our favourite locations for a dip – we wanted to share with you:
John swims almost every morning locally in the river Dart.
There are a couple of really good spots on the river locally, either just above Totnes Weir or as the water slows on its rout through the Dartington estate just a stones throw from our workshop.
Ella is more at home in the sea so regularly visits Bantham or Bigbury beach for a dip in the surf.
Matt loves taking a dip in the Dart, and can often be found hiking across Dartmoor with Billy, his trusty dog for a refreshing river swim.
As always whenever wild swimming please, always take care and keep safe. Be sure to research safe swim spots.
Let us know your favourite spots for a quick dip, we love to explore new locations!
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Perhaps you know that one of our favourite and very special leathers we use here at Tanner Bates is our Russia Kip Calfskin Leather produced at our local tannery in East Devon. It has a fantastic story behind it - which you may already know. However for those of you who don’t, we’d love to share this with you.
Provenance really matters to us.
Our leather is tanned in the old fashioned way, in small family run tanneries. It is a slow process, but uses only natural ingredients to create the tan. All of our leather is a byproduct of the meat industry. We are passionate about not wasting a thing.
Our Oak Bark Tanned Leather: The beauty of this story is that it is a truly local Devon story. The animals are bred, live and are slaughtered in Devon. The meat is most probably consumed in Devon. The hides are tanned locally, in Devon at J&FJ Baker & Co. We hand craft all of our products in small batches right here in our Devon workshop.