The Best Wild Swimming Spots in South Wales
We are incredibly fortunate that our South Wales hotel is surrounded by some of the best wild swimming spots in the country.
Read this handy guide to discover some of the best rivers, lakes and even waterfalls to take an alfresco dip in this summer…
If you are staying at Gliffaes we have a lovely swimming spot in the river Usk, know as the ‘Flat Rocks’ and providing nobody is fishing nearby we will tell you how to find this secluded swimming spot and even find you some swimming towels to take with you. There is a great chute that will whoosh you along and dump you into a small pool if there is enough water in the river. The picture above was taken at the Flat Rocks.
This large pool gets up to 2 metres deep and sits beneath the arched medieval bridge of Crickhowell. This spot is open and visible as it flows alongside a country pub, perfect for changing clothes and grabbing a drink in afterwards!
This secluded spot has two beautiful 30-metre long river pools. The pools hold smooth red, flat rocks, with depths of up to 2.3 metres deep with the potential for diving.
This string of shallow waterfall through magical woodland rests below the beautiful heather-covered hillside of under Pen-y-Fan. This stunning but relatively safe area of outdoor swimming is partially moss-covered with depths of up to 1 metre.
This pleasant river swim can be accessed from the Usk Island car park and is warm and clear in the summer. The water under the railway bridge is deep and people have even jumped off the bridge into the river below (although we don’t recommend it!). There is also deep water to be found whilst swimming upstream as well as an 800m swimmable section.
This lovely mountain lake is located just below the peak of Pen Y Fan. This is a quiet and secluded spot and it is not easily reached from the nearby car park. What’s not to love?
With no crowds or chlorine, going for a picturesque and refreshing swim in the wild is more popular than ever. If you need a base whilst exploring all these stunning alfresco swimming spots, our hotel in South Wales will welcome you soggy shoes and all.
For advice on wild swimming in South Wales or to organise a stay with us, call us today on 01874 730 371 or book direct for our best rates.