ABERDOVEY SWIM FESTIVAL ~ 1.5km, 4km or 6km ~

09 Sep 17 - 10 Sep 17

Aberdovey Swim - Estuary swimming at it's finest

Saturday 9th September, 2017

Aberdovey, Gwynedd, Wales

Join us for some beautiful tidal estuary swimming at the picturesque village of Aberdovey at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park whilst raising money for local charities.

For detailed event information please visit www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk 

Be the first to experience this unique wild swimming event.

Swim Distances & Entry Cost (+5% entrycentral processing)

  • THE CLASSIC 1.5km - EARLY BIRD £14 until 1st July then £18

  • BEAT THE TIDE 4km - EARLY BIRD £22 until 1st July then £30

  • ESCAPE TO ABERDOVEY 6km - £45 (includes boat ride to start)

For detailed event information please visit www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk 

Water temperature

Going on average water temperatures for the beginning of September over the last few years, expect the water temperature in the estuary to be between 14°C or 15°C. The temperature in the estuary can vary depending on the amount of rainfall and sunshine leading up to the event, wind can also play a part. We will keep you updated on the water temperature in the run up to the event.

WETSUIT or SKINS (skins swimmers will need previous experience of similar time in similar water temperatures)

Planned schedule for the day

  • 08:00  Registration opens
  • 09:20  Registration closes
  • 09:30  Race Briefing FOR ALL SWIMS
  • 09:50  Escape to Aberdovey swimmers board the Outward Bound boat
  • 10:00  Beat The Tide swimmers ready to start swim
  • 10:30  The Classic swimmers ready to start swim
  • 11:00  Escape to Aberdovey in situ ready to "jump ship"

​It is expected that The Classic swimmers will take around 30 minutes, the Beat The Tide swimmers will take around 90 minutes, and the Escape To Aberdovey swimmers will take around 2 hours.

PLEASE NOTE - the actual start times will be decided on the day based on conditions.

Event Partner

We are super excited to have HEAD Swimming on board as our Aberdovey Swim event sponsors. They will be suppling the top 3 of each swim with a prize.



Make the most of your time in South Snowdonia and join us for a guided walk up the local mythical & beautiful mountain Cadair Idris, whilst taking in a few cool dips along the way!

For detailed event information please visit www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk 



If you cancel 2 months prior to the event you will get a full refund, thereafter there are no refunds.


This swim will start on the beach just west of the Jetty. It is the route of the Cerist Triathlon, last held in 2015.

The swim takes you around Aberdovey Wharf and Jetty (with slight tidal assistance), on past the picturesque village and up to Penhelig corner where a large Buoy will mark the turnaround point. Swim back to the beach with a little tidal assistance towards the end of your swim. 

​The turnaround point may present some swimming against a slight tidal flow depending on when you get to the turnaround point!

It's one of the most picturesque and interesting 1.5km swims in the UK.

The Classic is open to Under 18s, please get in touch if you want to enter in the Under 18s category - info@aberdoveyswim.co.uk



This is quite a special swim, one of the most beautiful estuary swims in the UK. The level of challenge is not to be underestimated.

You will start on the beach just west of the Jetty. The swim takes you around Aberdovey Wharf and Jetty, on past the picturesque village and Penhelig corner. You will then carry on past Picnic Island and The Outward Bound Trust up to a big yellow house, and to what looks like a small castle (Trefri) on an island. 

This "castle" will be the turnaround point, at high tide it sits on an island reminiscent of something out of an Enid Blyton adventure! Hopefully the tide will turn just as you do...

For full details visit www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk



This is more than a special swim, it is a unique experience. 

You will board the Jet Boat belonging to The Outward Bound Trust and cruise 6km upstream to Smuggler's Cove. Along the way you will have a chance to take in the beautiful village of Aberdovey from a special perspective on the estuary... you will also no doubt be reccying the route of your upcoming swim!

At Smuggler's Cove you will "jump ship" and start your epic 6k swim back to Aberdovey beach.

This unique swim is limited to 12 particiapnts, enter early to avoid disappointment.

Although this is the longest swim in distance it is possible that the Beat The Tide 4k will actually be the tougher swim because there will be some swimming against the tide. For the Escape To Aberdovey swim you will have tidal assistance for most of the way... both swims will be special!



Join us on an adventurous mountain journey in Snowdonia National Park with stunning relaxation in some cool, fresh, and reviving mountain water. 

We will aim to summit the beautiful Cadair Idris and have a couple of refreshing dips along the way! 

This day gives you a chance to make the most of your time in South Snowdonia, explore the local area and reflect on the achievements of Saturday with like-minded people in a beautiful environment.

Spaces limited to 15!


09:30 Meet for coffee in the village

10:00 Drive to Cadair Gates

10:30 Start Mountain Adventure!

16:30 Complete Mountain Adventure!

Tea and cake, hugs and cheerios...

Spaces limited to 15!

You will need to bring food and drink and appropriate clothing/footwear for the conditions. If you need advice on this please get in touch with Mike info@aberdoveyswim.co.uk

Mike has worked in education and the outdoors for 15 years, he has many teaching and technical outdoor qualifications, and vast experience in land and water based environments in remote and extreme areas. He got to know the area whilst working as a Senior Instructor for The Outward Bound Trust.



Mike Alexander


Dates and Status
EventDateAvailable/TotalStatusClosing Date
THE CLASSIC 1.5 km09/09/2017??/50Open06/09/2017
BEAT THE TIDE 4 km09/09/2017??/50Open06/09/2017
ESCAPE TO ABERDOVEY 6 km09/09/2017??/12Waiting List06/09/2017
SUNDAY ~ Mountain Adventure10/09/2017??/16Open09/09/2017

To sign-up for this event on EntryCentral, the Service Fee is 5% (min 60p) for each sign-up

Event Address
The Wharf, Aberdovey, Wales, LL35 0EB