This Festival is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

ABERDOVEY SWIM FESTIVAL ~ 1.5km, 4km, 6km, 14km ~

29 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018

Aberdovey Swim Festival - Estuary swimming at it's finest

Saturday 29th September, 2018

Aberdovey, Gwynedd, Wales

Join us for some beautiful tidal estuary swimming at the picturesque village of Aberdovey at the southern end of the stunning Snowdonia National Park. 

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

  • THE CLASSIC 1.5km - £18

  • BEAT THE TIDE 4km - £26


  • THE BIG DOVEY 14km - £60

For detailed event information please visit

Water temperature

Going on average water temperatures for the end of September over the last few years, expect the water temperature in the estuary to be around 14°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 Saturday

  • 08:30  Registration opens
  • 10:00  Registration closes
  • 10:20  Race Briefing FOR ALL SWIMS
  • 10:40  Escape to Aberdovey 6k swimmers ready to board the Outward Bound boat
  • 10:50  Beat The Tide 4k swimmers ready to start swim
  • 11:00  The Classic swimmers ready to start swim
  • 11:20  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 event sponsors. They will be supplying the top 3 of each swim with a 33 litre training bag (RRP £40), and the top spot will also each get some uber-cool goggles (RRP £26)! 



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


Following on from Aberdovey Swim's fabulous debut in 2017 we have an additional challenge for Sunday, the UK's longest estuary swim, The BIG DOVEY 14km.

Swim from the beach in Aberdovey all the way up to the tidal limit of the Dovey estuary covering 14km of splendour.

There will be tidal assistance, if your normal swim speed is 4km/h then expect to take around 2hr 30mins to complete this swim.


Entry Central charge a 5% processing fee.


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 just past 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!

Around 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. 


Entry Central charge a 5% processing fee.


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 iconic 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! You will touch the island and turn, hopefully the tide will turn just as you do...

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Entry Central charge a 5% processing fee.


This swim will start on the beach just west of the Jetty.

The swim takes you around Aberdovey Wharf and the iconic 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 -


Entry Central charge a 5% processing fee.

Mike Alexander


Dates and Status
EventDateAvailable/TotalStatusClosing Date
The BIG DOVEY 14km30 Sep 2018??/40Open28 Sep 2018
ESCAPE TO ABERDOVEY 6 km29 Sep 2018??/12Closed26 Sep 2018
BEAT THE TIDE 4 km29 Sep 2018??/75Open26 Sep 2018
THE CLASSIC 1.5 km29 Sep 2018??/75Open26 Sep 2018
28 Sep 2018£60.00
26 Sep 2018£45.00
26 Sep 2018£26.00
26 Sep 2018£18.00

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

Event Address
Dovey Yacht Club, Aberdovey, Wales, LL35 0EB