Best Outdoor Swimming Spots in North Wales

Outdoor swimming is always becoming more and more popular – and for a good reason! It makes you feel great, both mentally and physically. This is because of the cold water therapy we give to our systems, and being amongst nature. The activity acts as a form of mindfulness, helping us to remember to live in the now and to listen to our bodies.

If you’ve just moved into an apartments north wales, or are just looking to do some outdoor swimming in the area, then we have a list of the best locations to choose from. 

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Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

This easily accessible lake has everything you’ll need for the perfect swim! It’s located in Llanberis, with a clear view of the incredible mountain – Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), and other surrounding mountains. It’s a very scenic spot for a swim.

The lake has plenty of different areas, with some parts of the lake shallower than others. It’s ideal for swimmers of all levels, and for those who are nervous about taking part in their first outdoor swim.

You can be reassured that the water is safe here as it is designated bathing water by Gwynedd Council – meeting the highest EU guidelines. There is a free public toilet by the lake and lots of parking spots available. 

Colwyn Bay Beach

Colwyn Bay beach is ideal if you want to spend the day dipping in and out of the sea, during a relaxing day in the sun.

The beach here is permanent thanks to some renovations from the local council, with soft golden sand. The way the beach has been carved out means the tide is always right for a swim. 

This beach is a blue flag beach, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education. This means that the water here is beautifully clear and of good quality-  meeting the overall gold standard. However, be careful of jellyfish in the early summer months!

There are nearby cafes with amenities to use. 

Llyn Cau, Cadair Idris

This swim spot is for experienced walkers and hikers – and rewards you with a beautiful secluded swim spot with an incredible view of Snowdonia. After the steep hike up to the lake, you’ll welcome the cool and deep water. 

As this lake is very remote, you will need to take every precaution you can to be safe. 

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