Wild Swimming in Snowdonia

July 10th, 2018

So it looks like we’re having a heatwave!! Hands up who’s loving the sunshine? Well, we think it would be much better if we could spend all day every day in the Oakeley beer garden with a long cold drink!!

If, like us, you could do with a coll down then what about a spot of wild swimming in Snowdonia? Wild swimming is defined as:

“the practice or activity of swimming for pleasure in natural waters, typically rivers and lakes.”

Of course here in Snowdonia, there are dozens of beautiful locations for wild swimming, and here are our pick of the best.

Llynnau Mymbyr wikicommons

  • Any of Snowdonia’s wonderful beaches – choose beaches with sheltered coves for the easiest wild swimming – Borth-y-Gest is a great spot, as are the beaches along the Llyn Peninsula at Aberdaron and Nefyn. Criccieth is also an ideal swimming beach. Also look out for the beaches patrolled by lifeguards in the summer months.
  • Fairy Glen, Betws y Coed – a pretty gorge with a deeper section in the middle to swim in. Beware of the rocks!
  • Rhaeadr Mawddach, Dolgellau – set in the heart of Coed y Brenin forest, this waterfall and pool makes an ideal wild swimming spot – although it can be turbulent after heavy rain.
  • Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) – a beautiful large open lake, perfect for swimming. Just watch out for the other watersports!
  • Llyn Dinas, Beddgelert – a gorgeous half mile long lake at the foot of Snowdon.
  • Llynnau Mymbyr, Capel Curig – this lake definitely provides a swim with a view. Set in the foothills of Snowdon.
  • Llyn Cau- it involves a climb first but these lakes half way up Cadair Idris are stunning!
  • Cwm Pennant, Golan – a gorgeous lake in the heart of a stunning remote valley, just north of Porthmadog.
  • Llyn Padarn, Llanberis – this popular lake can get busy in the summer months but nevertheless it makes for a fantastic swim.

Bala Lake wikicommons

So why not enjoy a dip in the great outdoors and try wild swimming in Snowdonia? Remember to swim safely – watch out for tides, currents and deep water and always tell someone where you’re going and how long you expect to be. Read more about wild swimming safely here