Uh huh yep, Wild Swimming is a thing and it’s taking the world by storm – and we knew just the place to do it.
I’m sure it doesn’t really need a huge explanation and you’ve already guessed what it involves, stripping down (but not nude!) and exploring the lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls through the medium of swimming!
At first I was a little sceptical, reliving moments of my youth where I’d slipped fully clothed on mossy rocks and covered myself in a mixture of freezing water, mud and tears.
But done right, what could be more relaxing than being physically forced to leave your phone behind and literally plunge into a serene natural landscape? To leave technology and the hustle and bustle behind and be there in the moment, hidden away and enjoying one another’s company.
The key, so I’m told, is to discover the secret getaways, where the only noise that pierces the silence comes from the gentle trickle of the calm water that you’re immersed in.
I’ve changed your mind about wild swimming haven’t I? It’s sure won me over.
With our attention drawn to all of our wonderful parks in North Wales this week, I’ve compiled a list of the top spots for Wild Swimming in the neighbouring Snowdonia National Park. So if you feel it’s something you’d might like to try whilst visiting us (and I really hope you do) you’ll know exactly where to head to first.
I’m sure you’ll admit that Fairy Glen looks like something from the cover of a Natural Geographic magazine, the narrow gorge acts as a pathway through the untouched British countryside, a swimming length that takes your on a tour, with twists and turns that allow you to discover more the further you paddle. Framed most of the way by large rocks, breaks are easy to take and those that prefer to stay dry can join you on the journey.
Llyn Du’r Arddu
Bathe with a view! Find me a more tranquil spot in the Great British Isles and I’ll eat my hat*. With a beach on the nearside and deeper waters closer to the rock wall, Llyn Du’r Arddu is the perfect substitute for an indoor swimming pool, catering for all sizes and swimming strengths. The neighbouring 100m steep rock wall is famous for climbing so you may have a little company, have fun splashing around whilst placing personal bets on who will reach the top first. Arrive just before midday to catch the sunshine!
Not as secluded as the others in the list and with a close carpark and a free public toilet, Llyn Padarn might be somewhere you’d like to dip your toes into first. With views like these you can see why it’s so popular, with it getting busier at the weekends naturally. There’s a shop across the road that offers assisted swim and canoe, kayak and wetsuit hire, so you’ll be spoilt for choice here.
Nobody would even know you were here! Feel on top of the world and have the freedom to shout about it at Lynnau Diffwys. With views of the sea, Rhosydd and other lakes that you might like to explore, it feels like this spot was made for Wild Swimming, or maybe Wild Swimming was made for this spot? With an island in the middle too you can further escape it all, or play games like capture the flag and see who can get there first.
Accessible directly from the main road and nestled in a valley at the foot of Snowdon, Llyn Davis is definitely a memorable way to gather views of the highest mountain in Wales. The lake is 1km big and with such peaceful surroundings, you can hear one another from its furthest reaches, where else could that be possible
*Disclaimer: I don’t own any hats. Sorry.