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Best wild swimming spots in Wales

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track wild swimming spots scattered across Wales.

Wild swimming popularity has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's no surprise why, the benefits of wild swimming are incredible! Luckily for Welsh residents as well as holiday tourists heading to Wales, there are plenty of wild swimming spots to go ahead!

So if you’re a keen wild swimming lover, then sit back and write down some of these amazing hidden swimming spots for your next adventure in Wales!

1) Watkins Path Pools

This little gem is a must-visit for all wild swimming lovers. It's only a short walk from the car park, in which you'll be able to experience some great plunge pools for a cold water dip on a warm day. Don't worry about getting there early to secure your spot; there's plenty of pools to find and have either for yourself, or share with others.

2) Sgwd y Pannwr

Located in the Breacon Beacons, this waterfall is one of our favourites for wild swimming. It's part of the famous Four Waterfalls Walk and is the second waterfall stop of the route. If you're new to wild swimming, don't worry; it's fairly easy to enter the water and its relatively shallow. One tip though: Brace yourself for the icy entrance!

3) Llyn y Fan Fach

This wild swimming spot is known as home to some pretty cool Welsh wildlife which you can admire from whilst taking a pleasant dip. This includes wildlife such as kestrels and even buzzards! It's located high above the shadows of Black Mountain, and is an intriguing spot.

4) The Blue Lagoon

An old quarry turned lagoon is home to wild swimming and diving. You may have seen this location in a few Red Bull videos, as they often perform diving here. The water is very blue and is a wild swimmers ultimate dream on a summers day, however can still be admired during the winter.

5) Llyn Cau

The walk to this wild swimming spot is not for the average Joe, and can be quite a challenge! Good fitness and a good set of navigation skills are required of course, and its recommend that you dip into the lake on the return from the peak.

6) Broughton Bay Pool

This completely natural rock pool waits for you as you visit this gorgeous secluded beach. Broughton Bay Pool is a secluded rock pool which is non-existence during high tides. It's actually quite deep, so it can be dived in if you fancied it (although please take extra care, there's been reports of many injuries as a result of diving!)

7) Llanddwyn Island

For those staying in Anglesey, then you definitely need to check out Llanddwyn Island for a spot of wild swimming. If you visit the west coast of Llanddwyn Island, then you'll have a selection of low tide pools to choose from as well as a few quiet rock caves. Just a heads up, this location can only be accessed via foot.

8) River Conwy

If you're planning a visit to the Fairy Glen, then you have to visit the River Conwy for a quick dip. The emerald green pool is waiting for you at this secluded gorge located on the river itself. Bring a picnic as there's picnic benches and grassy banks ready to refuel after your swim!

9) Park in the Past

A gorgeous spot perfect for an afternoon swim. It's actually an ancient Welsh landscape that has a great selection of woodland and paths to explore. However, there is one slight twist; there is an entrance fee. To wild swim here, you will have to pay a small fee of £5.

10) Snowdonia Infinity Pool

Built by a farmer a few years ago, this little gem has risen to fame since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has quickly become one of Snowdonia's main attractions, and it's easy to see why! We won't give the exact location away, but it is fairly simple to figure out if you do enough research online (or get the co-ordinates on our hidden gem finder).

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the less known wild swimming spots which are scattered around Wales. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Wales trip even more memorable!

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