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Best Wild Swimming in Wales

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

Wild swimming, also known as outdoor swimming or cold-water swimming, has massively increased in popularity during recent years. More people than ever before are now braving the elements and swimming throughout the seasons. There are plenty of wonderfully wild swimming spots in Wales to discover and we have gathered the top 5 for you here...

Wild swimming in Wales provides the perfect opportunity to get some exercise, explore the local countryside and is even beneficial to your mental wellbeing, as it has been scientifically proven as an effective treatment for depression.

Our top wild swimming in Wales destination is situated just 1 hour from Hush Hush Glamping in the beautifully quaint Llanwrtyd Wells, Wolf’s Leap is the perfect place for a refreshing dip. This series of deep pools is located on the river Irfon, running through the awe-inspiring Abergwesyn Valley. The river cuts through a narrow, interesting gorge, boasting crystal-clear but cold waters. This open, sunny spot is also ideal for picnics.

Nestled in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, The Fairy Glen is a truly magical spot for wild swimming. The picturesque, narrow gorge is easily accessible, with the main pool of water sitting at the junction of two meandering streams. There are plenty of shallow areas for paddling, and a deep section for swimming. There’s also a beautiful grassy area for picnics and BBQing.

This hidden gem is also set in Llanwrtyd Wells, providing a plethora of opportunities for wild swimming. This wide, open pool is situated at the end of a short gorge, offering a combination of shallow and deep spots. Experienced swimmers can enjoy a long swim upriver, whilst spectators can tuck into a delicious BBQ or picnic along the riverbank.

At just 35 minutes from our glamping site in the heart of Hay-on-Wye, this popular stretch of the river Wye is great for paddling and wild swimming alike. In the summer months, the river here is shallow and the current is slow, making it ideal for beginners. With a small pebble beach on the banks and lush green scenery all around, we guarantee you won’t find a more picturesque spot!

Last, but certainly not least in our wild swimming in Wales top 5 is this high lake is set at the foot of the Carmarthen Fells in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and is reportedly home to a mystical nymph. This natural wild water sanctuary consists of an 18 metre deep pool (which can be very cold at times), boasting the most stunning scenery of the Black Mountains and beyond.

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