Aberdovey Swim

29 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2020

Organiser's Description

A B E R D O V E Y  S W I M

Snowdonia National Park 

Join us for some beautiful, challenging and friendly tidal estuary swimming at the picturesque village of Aberdovey at the southern end of the stunning Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, Wales. 

With a range of distances from 1.5km to 13km (the longest estuary swim event in the UK) choose your challenge and enjoy this special part of the Cambrian coastal area and UNESCO Biosphere.

For detailed event information please visit aberdoveyswim.co.uk

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Event photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/152221524@N08/albums







~ HEAD Swimming

Dovey Yacht Club

~ The Tyn Y Cornel Hotel

~ The Outward Bound Trust

Dan Wyre Photography 




Above photo by Barbara Fuller.



The UK's longest estuary swim, The DOVEY 13.

Swim from the beautiful beach in Aberdovey all the way up to the tidal limit of the Dovey estuary covering 13km of splendour, a journey that transitions from coast to mountain, from sea to river. Quite simply a stunning adventure and a superb challenge.

Water Temperature

At the start expect 15 degrees; at the finish around 14 degrees.

There will be significant tidal assistance for the first 10km, the vast majority of swimmers will finish in less than 3 hours. If you can swim consistently for 2.5 hours at 3km/h then you are in the right ball park.

The DOVEY 13 is a special, and adventurous challenge.

Entry Fee: £70 until 5th January 2020; £80 thereafter (+4% entrycentral processing fee)

Entry fee includes 

  • Private coach transport from registration (in Pennal) to the start point (in Aberdovey)
  • Full safety cover
  • Aid station
  • Special commemorative gifts for all swimmers
  • Top 3 prizes + first skins prize
  • Event photos by Dan Wyre Photography
  • Post-swim refreshments in Canolfan Pennal ​
  • WEBSCORER Timing
  • All logistics & reconnaissance

Fastest time is 1h 37m (2019), slowest time is 3h 52m (2018). 2019 results here.

  • 07:15 - 08:15 Registration at Canolfan Pennal 
  • 08:40 - On coach for departure to Aberdovey
  • 09:00 - Swim start
  • 10:45 - Expected first swimmer
  • 12:15 - Expected last swimmer

FURTHER INFO: www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk

Event photos here 

THE TAFOL TUMBLE 8km £45 (+£1.80 entrycentral processing fee)

Starting form the Aberdovey beach you will swim around the Jetty, on past the picturesque village and Penhelig corner, carry on past the Roman Road, Picnic Island, The Outward Bound Trust, the small castle (Trefri), and on all the way to a pebbly beach where the River Tafol joins the River Dovey at the settlement of Abertafol. This is the half-way mark.

At Abertafol you will "tumble-turn" and swim back to Aberdovey, your turn will (more or less) coincide with the turning of the tide. Expect the middle third of this swim to be the most challenging as it is likely that you will be swimming against a little tide during this time, but not for long - you will soon have the tide back on your side.

The last 100m is good fun swimming across around 4 knots of tide into the salvation of Aberdovey beach!

The TAFOL TUMBLE is 8km of challenging, engaging and adventurous swimming.

Be a Tafol Tumbler!

There will be a feed station available at the 4km point (the turnaround point).

​Registration & Race HQ in Dovey Yacht Club

  • Registration: 07:30 - 08:20
  • Briefing: 08:30
  • Approximate swim start: 08:40

FURTHER INFO: www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk

Entry fee includes full safety cover, full reconaissance, aid station, commemerative gifts for all swimmers, top 3 prizes from HEAD Swimming (RRP of prize pot from HEAD swimming over £300), event photos by Dan Wyre Photography, use of Dovey Yacht Club facilities.


01 Mar 2020£70.00
18 Sep 2020£80.00
27 Sep 2019£45.00
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Status: Open

EventDateAvailable/TotalClosing Date
THE DOVEY 13 km20 Sep 2020??/10018 Sep 2020
THE TAFOL TUMBLE 8km29 Sep 2019??/6027 Sep 2019


Mike Alexander


Aberdovey Gwynedd LL35 0EB