Aberdovey Swim

06 Jul 2019 - 29 Sep 2019

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/







~ HEAD Swimming

Dovey Yacht Club

~ The Tyn Y Cornel Hotel

~ The Outward Bound Trust

Dan Wyre Photography 




Above photo by Barbara Fuller, more of her great shots here



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 of the swim around 15 degrees, and at the finish around 13 degrees.

There will be tidal assistance, it's expected that most swimmers will finish in less than 3 hours. If you can swim consistently for 2.5 hours at a minimum of 3km/h then you are in the right ball park.

Now in it's second year The DOVEY 13 is a special, and adventurous challenge.

£70 (+ £2.80 entrycentral processing fee)

Entry fee includes coach transport from registration (in Pennal) to the start point (in Aberdovey), full safety cover, full reconaissance, aid stations, commemerative gifts for all swimmers, top 3 prizes from HEAD Swimming (in 2018 the winner won a wetsuit RRP £340), event photos by Dan Wyre Photography, and post-swim refreshments.

In 2018 the first swimmer "came up the ladder" after 1h 58m and the last swimmer "came up the ladder" at 3h 56m.

FURTHER INFO: www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk

2018 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, hopefully your turn coincides 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. Oh and 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: 08:20
  • Approximate swim start: 08:30

FURTHER INFO: www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk

BEAT THE TIDE 4km £35 (+£1.40 entrycentral 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 Aberdovey 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! The tide will turn at some point during the middle third of the swim... 

Registration & Race HQ in Dovey Yacht Club

  • Registration: 9:00-10:30
  • Briefing: 10:30
  • Approximate swim start: 11:15

For full details visit www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk.

This swim sold out in 2018 - secure your place for 2019 while you can!


THE CLASSIC 1.5km £25.00 (+£1 entrycentral processing fee)

This stunning estuary swim will start on Aberdovey 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!

The CLASSIC is one of the most picturesque, interesting and fun 1.5km swims in the UK and has sold out for the last two years.

Registration & Race HQ in Dovey Yacht Club

  • Registration: 9:00-10:30
  • Briefing: 10:30
  • Approximate swim start: 11:25

FURTHER INFO: www.aberdoveyswim.co.uk


27 Aug 2019£70.00
27 Sep 2019£45.00
04 Jul 2019£35.00
04 Jul 2019£25.00
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 km01 Sep 2019??/7027 Aug 2019
THE TAFOL TUMBLE 8km29 Sep 2019??/10027 Sep 2019
BEAT THE TIDE 4 km06 Jul 2019??/9004 Jul 2019
THE CLASSIC 1.5 km06 Jul 2019??/6004 Jul 2019


Mike Alexander


Aberdovey Gwynedd LL35 0EB