Take a dip in one of the Wale’s most beautiful natural swimming spots on your family holiday to the region, staying at one of our caravans for sale, North Wales. The caravans are in great locations, close by to several popular attractions in the area. With summer fast approaching and temperatures rising, there is nothing better than having a cool down in a pool. Swimming baths and leisure pools are great, but why not take a natural approach, by swimming in natural water basins?
North Wales’ unspoilt and diverse landscape offers plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy, and this includes clear lakes and thundering waterfalls. Bathing away from the hustle and bustle, surrounded by the serenity of nature is an experience to put at the top of your wish list.
There are many benefits to wild swimming too. Finding the hidden gems, secluded swimming spots you can spend the day at, is part of the fun, and allows you to explore the great outdoors of North Wales in a different way, and will also take you off the beaten track.
Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia
This accessible spot is a beautiful place to enjoy a swim, and great for all levels of experience. Snowdonia Watersports is also nearby which offer supported and guided swims. The water of the lake has been designated as bathing water by Gwynedd Council and meets the highest EU guidelines. There is lots of parking and a public toilet too.
Llyn Tegid, Bala
Also known as Bala Lake, Llyn Tegid is a top spot for families. The largest natural body of water in Wales, it is famously deep and clear – it even has a small beach! Swimming is allowed at any time, but you must have a permit to do so. These can be bought at the Lake Wardens Centre or the pay and display machines.
Llanddwyn Island, Newborough
Just off Anglesey’s southern coast is this beautiful island, this wild swimming spot is surrounded by secluded sands, perfect for a spot of wild swimming. Those who go there will also be rewarded with a breath-taking backdrop of Snowdonia National Park.
Llyn Cau, Cadair Idris
Those who are more experienced at swimming will enjoy Llyn Cau. The location is a little more remote than others, but after a long walk, a dip in the cold water will be very welcome. The large glacial lake is set beneath 400 metres of mountain walls. The trek from the parking spot to the lake can take up to an hour, but we promise you, it is worth it!
Llyn Gwynant, Beddgelert
This lake is easily accessible with parking by the lakeside. Both ends are shallow, meaning the water can be pleasantly warm in the summer, and great for younger kids to paddle in. Those who are a little braver can swim out to Elephant Rock towards the centre of the lake, ideal for jumping off of and making a splash.
Wild Swimming Tips
It is best to go swimming as a group, and always have one person on shore. For beginners, it might be best to head to a more popular location. Avoid swimming in rivers, as you can’t predict the current, which can change day to day. Always check where you are, and know how to spell it in case something goes wrong (especially in Wales as the names can be very difficult to say!). Bring some food with you, and also take something warm to change into. Have blankets ready to snuggle under back at the car!
Image credit: Steve Bayley