Clear mountain lakes, stunning scenery, and a unique weekend where we show you the best wild swimming
DurationMultiple durations available
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
1 - 2
The mountains of North Wales are speckled with hundreds of lakes, from tiny mountain pools to the great llyns that fill the valleys. Dropping down from the peaks, mountain streams gush into rivers where crystal clear waters run over smooth rocks. Thousands of people delight in these features, but why not take it a step further and leave the shore entirely…
Join us on this weekend of wild swimming in the pools, lakes and rivers of Snowdonia, gazing up at the peaks from the unique perspective of fresh mountain water. You’ll be fully guided and supported, and if you’ve never been wild swimming before then this is the perfect weekend to learn.
In a nutshell:
- Enjoy a weekend of wild swimming in Snowdonia, where we take you out to several different locations.
- Learn about the culture of wild swimming, and how to choose a good spot and stay safe, all in the company of an expert instructor.
- Relax in our cosy accommodation, with plenty of hot drinks and good food after our days out in the water.
- Meet a friendly group of fellow swimmers, and let the cares of the world slip away.
You’re welcome to arrive at the guesthouse from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and get you settled in with a cup of tea in the lounge. You’ll soon be meeting your fellow wild swimming companions and be settling down for a great evening. We serve dinner at 8pm and then discuss the plans for the weekend.
After breakfast we’ll head down to the nearby lake for an introductory wild swimming session. The mountains will be all around us and we’ll explore this valley lake from the unique perspective of being in the water itself.
After a few hours’ morning session we’ll break for lunch and find somewhere to warm up to plan the afternoon. There are so many options for this afternoon, we can either stay in the same area or for those looking for further adventure we can head off into Snowdonia National Park to find some further mountain lakes or even some stunning waterfalls.
Once we’re back at the guesthouse, we’ll have planty of time to warm up, relax with some hot drinks and relive the day’s adventures before heading out to dinner at a local pub or restaurant. This is a great chance to support the local village and to sample the best of Snowdonia’s cooking.
After breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the guesthouse. This morning we’ll be heading out on another swimming adventure, which will depend very much on the weather, water levels, and what our instructors think looks fun! The choices could be a sheltered sea cove, or a river descent, or maybe another selection of mountain lakes. Whatever we choose, it’ll be an excellent morning, finishing around lunchtime so we can have something to eat before the weekend comes to an end.
About the Area
Snowdonia National Park
Covering a huge area in the north-west of Wales, the Snowdonia National Park includes the countries’ highest mountains. Culminating in Snowdon itself, there are many other famous peaks, from the Glyderau and the Carneddau in the north all the way south to Cadair Idris. Alongside the peaks, there are miles of coastline, hundreds of lakes and rivers, and wood-speckled valleys. For the outdoor enthusiast, you have everything to choose, from a day up the mountains to a few hours wandering by the lakes, or even taking a dip in them! The area’s history is varied and compelling, from the ancient druids and Welsh Princes, to the modern legacies of slate mining and sheep farming. You’ll find a landscape alive with the present even while retaining an essential wildness.
Good to know:
We’ll be staying in Dol Peris in Llanberis, the village that lies right at the foot of Snowdon. The guesthouse has a selection of shared, twin, double and single rooms; it has excellent views and a comfy lounge.
Equipment and Experience:
This is an intro to wild swimming and although we will have support crew and safety craft in place you do need to be a confident swimmer. We will not be going more then 20-30 metres from the shoreline so the bank will always be in easy reach. Due to the water temperature we would strongly suggest you have a wetsuit. Just let us know in advance if you require a wetsuit and we will arrange that for you.
You will need to bring your own swimming costume/suit.
Saturday afternoon’s adventure may involve heading a short distance into the hills to find a high lake, so please bring a small backpack, waterproofs, and warm clothes. You’ll also want a water bottle, towel and sun cream.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018