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Wild Swim the Beautiful Lakes and Rivers of Snowdonia

Discover the fairy pools, the remote lakes and the bending rivers of North Wales


Price: £325 pp


Duration: Two days, two nights



20-22 August 2021

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Start Point: Bangor Station if travelling by train, or Tai Lon if travelling by car. We will provide a shuttle service from Bangor station at 7:30pm.


The Plan

With so many lakes, tarns, waterfalls and rivers, Wales is a paradise for wild swimming. Take your pick from countless rivers, waterfalls and natural lakes.

We will meet on Friday at Bangor station and head over to our two cottages in Tai Lon to settle in and get to know each other in front of an earthy meal cooked in the aga.

On Saturday, after a glorious breakfast, we will head for a series of guided freshwater swims in a variety of local beauty spots, fairy pools, lakes or a local beach depending on suitability.

On the first couple of swims you can get to know your swimming coaches and get a feel for the weekend.  Once you have a healthy dose of swimming and flapjacks, we walk back to the Land Rover where we provide a picnic of wraps filled with freshly baked ingredients, fine cheese and tasty treats. 

We then usually drive towards the base of the Snowdon Watkins Path and after a short and gentle walk uphill we reach Watkins Pools for our second swim of the day. Listed as no 2 in the Telegraph's top UK wild swimming spots, here the river has carved out a series of great, deep and clear natural pools with perfect grass edges that you can use to slide in to the stream or jump from if you prefer.
After a short drive back to our base, we'll cosy up in our cottages and enjoy a warm stew cooked on the aga.  Feel free to bring something to drink to keep you warm around the fire.

On Sunday it's an early start, but an amazing experience. Usually a big walk uphill to a mountain tarn but occasionally we have the opportunity to do a coastal swim if the weather is just right.

It's then time to wind down.  We drive you back to Tai Lon for a leisurely lunch after which it's time to head back to reality.


The Swimming

A series of short sheltered swims, 30 mins maximum. No experience of open water swimming required, but the ability to swim around 20 lengths in a pool recommended. This trip also includes an uphill walk on rough ground.

What's included

  • Guided swims with experienced instructors.
  • All meals at the main cottage, supper on Friday, breakfast, picnic lunch and supper on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
  • Accommodation in two local cottages.


What to bring and wear

  • Swimming stuff, including goggles and swim hat. Wet suit optional. Bring a warm hat and towel to put on when you get out.
  • Warm clothes for the evening, waterproof jacket, overnight bag.
  • Alcoholic drinks for yourself for the evenings, if you want them with supper.
  • Solid hill walking gear including boots, a rucksack and some rain gear


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