Ultimately, each wet weekend is different. On the Friday night, once everybody had arrived - we will sit down and figure out what YOU want to do. Obviously, it's a democratic process, and we cannot please everybody all of the time, but we aim to show you a good variety of the exceptional swims that we have to offer in North Wales.
So depending on the groups wishes;
- we could be going for long distance swims along beaches or around headlands,
- we could be doing adventrous dips and exploring some of the nooks and crannies of the craggy Welsh coastline
- we could be enjoying the sunshine (yes it does happen in Wales) on sandy beach and playing in the surf
- we could be cruising down a river, going with the flow and seeing the world from a different angle, at a different pace
- we could be scaling mountains to dip into hidden lakes, or bathe under mountain waterfalls
- or far more likely, we will be doing a combination of all of them.
The swims will be tailored to YOUR capabilities, and there is absolutely no pressure for people to be swimming laps of Anglesey. Each swim will be as long or as short as YOU want it to be. We always make sure that we have options at many of the venues we go to.
It is a cliche these days, but safety is our number one priority. Dan has spent over a decade of his life working in the area of water safety, and there is simply no way that he will compromise on that. If the Gone Swimming team does not feel that it is safe to take you to a swim, then we will take you somewhere else.
The Gone Swimming team are keen that people take away more than just happy memories from our holidays. We want our guests (you) to improve in their wild-swimming skills, in whatever way is most beneficial for them.
So, to ease you into the day, we can spend a bit of time with the OS maps and answer some questions and discuss any matters of the watery and safe kind. We will look at how we plan swims, and the precautions we take before a swim.
This is the huge advantage of having local guides, with local knowledge, and no fixed itinerary or journey to swim. If the wind is howling from one direction, we will be sure to know of some sheltered spots where we can still have a nice swim. Whatever the weather, we will have a few spots up our sleeve, and let's face it - you can only get soaked to the skin, no deeper. You're coming on a wet weekend in Wales - what do you expect?
South Snowdonia - Sample Itinerary
This trip is based out of a great little bunkhouse outside of Dolgellau, it a cosy little converted milking shed, nestled on the banks of the estuary. South Snowdonia is a fabulous area to explore, with far less of the crowds of the "main" areas such as Llanberis or Betws-y-Coed.
Train station: Machynlleth
Snowdonia - Sample Itinerary
This trip has the potential to be one of our most active trips, As we are swimming around the lakes (Llyn) of Snowdon the summit should be a goal too!
Train station: Bangor, Porthmadog
Coach stops: Bangor, Porthmadog
Anglesey (Ynys Mon) - Sample Itinerary
The island of Anglesey is the site for one of the first ever documented wild swims. Apparently a bunch of Romans in all their armour and what-not swam across the Menai Strait (Afon Menai in Wlesh) to bash the living daylights out of some poor unsuspecting souls (or maybe soles). We shall try to have a more peaceful swimming experience.
Gabs spent a her holidays here every summer having the time of her life. Barefoot and sunburnt running wild on boats, on the beaches and through the sand dunes from dawn to dusk with a rabble of other kids. Her parents honeymooned in Bull Bay, and her family mined copper from the hills just two generations ago. So understandably she loves the island! Gabs wants to move here “when she grows up”, however Dan ever practical says it’s too far from the rest of the world!
But enough of that...
Train station: Holyhead
Coach station: Holyhead