Snowdonia is one of the most beautiful places in the world to open water / wild swim. Gwion is due to take part in the Slateman Triathlon in 2 weeks and whilst he has been super dedicated to the running and cycling aspects of the training, the open water swimming wasn’t up there on the top of his check list… so to give him a bit of push to get out there before the big day, here are the Top 5 | Snowdonia Lakes To Swim In:
My personal favourite. Easy to get to and simply beautiful. You can park by the side of the lake and get straight in. If you are up for it, swim to the otherside of the lake onto the rocks (known as Elephant Rock) and do the jumps.
This is a beautiful dark blue lake in the crater of Cadr Idris. A 350m ascent up from the car park which will take approx 20 – 30 minutes will bring you to the shores of the lake. Whilst it will be cold, the walk up will have certainly warmed you up!
This is one of the busier lakes to swim in. There are various entry points along the side and smaller lagoons that you can splash around in, but if you want a serious swim, then out on the open water is a bit quieter and you can certainly get your distances in.
The biggest lake in Snowdonia, its deep and clear and a very good place for swimming; the width of the lake is 1 mile which is good to know if you are measuring your distances. Easy access from the road, this is a great place to swim.
WATKINS PATH WATERFALL
30 mins brisk walk up the Watkins path to Snowdon will bring you to this incredible series of pools and falls. Not so good for distace swimming, but a very beautiful place that if you want to have a go at wild swimming, this should be on your list.