NEW Wild Swim Locations

What’s This Page About Digger?

Rather than update the Gazetteers every time I find a nice NEW “swim” location,  I’ll put details and photos on this web page for any “new swims”. Ultimately they will transferred to the main swim pages.

 

Wild Swimming Season 2017 (new swims spots only)

WE’RE OFF……….WE’RE OFF……….WE’RE OFF……….WE’RE OFF……….WE’RE OFF……….WE’RE OFF……….

This summer (well I started in April) I went swimming (in the Falls of Garbh Allt)

this summer (no, it was definitely April), I might have drowned (along with Ben and Raurigh)

but I held my breath (not by choice but because it was a bit nippy)

and I kicked my feet (to try to disguise the fact I was only in my underpants)

and I moved my arms around (see above)

moved my arms around (until Ben and Raurigh got out and I as a “hardcore” outdoor swimmer was therefore “allowed” to- a matter of honour)

(Loudon Wainwright III, Swimming Song)

 


Thirlmere (Lake District)

Location

  • Approx 7km south of Threlkeld. Its difficult to find access to the water on the east (A591) side of the lake but much better on the west where there is a minor road. However, one spot on the east is across from the Wythburn Chapel car park.

Grid Ref

  • NY323/138

Features

  • Easy access once you get down to the water and even some grassy areas.

Hazards

  • If you try to go in on the east side crossing the A591 is a genuine hazard.

Date

  • 23rd 2017

 


Whelpside Gill (Lake District)

Location

  • Approx 1km north of Wythburn. You can park in the car park by the chapel and follow the forest track northwards.

Grid Ref

  • NY327/138

Features

  • OK. I have to be honest in that the photo above makes this look like a great spot, but it isn’t really. Like most of the streams coming off Hellvelyn there just aren’t decent sized natural pools you get elsewhere. This pool, which is right next to the forest track, was only 40cm deep but being hot after climbing Hellvelyn it was a much needed dip!

Hazards

  • Probably best to look upstream incase there are any boulders or trees about to come crashing down on top of you!

Date

  • 24th 2017

 


Angle Tarn (Lake District)

Location

  • Approx 8m west of Chapel Stile to the west of Langdale Fell. You can walk in most of the way along the Cumbria Way footpath

Grid Ref

  • NY245/077

Features

  • A refreshing swim with the dramatic scenery of Esk Pike in the background.

Hazards

  • None really. Having said that walkers do just appear from “no-where”!

Date

  • 23rd 2017

 

Blea Tarn (Lake District)

Location

  • Approx 4m west of Chapel Stile near Langdale Fell. There is a nearby car park, but you could always park at the Old Dungeon Gill pub and walk from there.

Grid Ref

  • NY234/044

Features

  • Excellent views and not that deep so usually warmer than other Tarns/Lakes

Hazards

  • None really. Pick your route in as in some places its doesn’t get deep for some distance.

Date

  • 22nd 2017

 


Achateny Water (Ardnamurchan)

Location

  • Park near the sign to the “beach” near Achateny, walk north along the west bank of the river and pick a spot. There are a few shallow pools below shallow waterfall and a couple of deeper pools near the sea (tide permitting)

Grid Ref

  • NM519/704

Features

  • You can swim in freshwater within sight of the sea which is pretty special. Plenty of grass for sunbathing/picnics (sheep poo and midges permitting)

Hazards

  • None really. Except for sheep poo and midges!

Date

  • 3rd July 2017 (ish)

 


Lochan Druim na Claise (Ardnamurchan)

Location

  • “The most westerly lock on the British mainland (PROBABLY)”. Park near the lighthouse at the Point of Ardnamurchan, walk south, find loch, swim and return.

Grid Ref

  • NM425/643

Features

  • “The most westerly lock on the British mainland (PROBABLY)”. What more do you need

Of course, a “hunky” man.

 

Hazards

  • “The most westerly lock on the British mainland (PROBABLY)”. So don’t expect it to be sunny all the time!

Date

  • 1st July 2017 (ish)

 


Stank Water (off Ben Ledi, near Callander)

Location

  • This is just off the less popular route up/down Ben Ledi. Park in the main (but small) car park off the A84 c. 4km west of Callander and either have a dip on way up or down. This pool is c. 200m up from the small hydro plant

Grid Ref

  • NN569/109

Features

  • If you are hot and sweaty after climbing Ben Ledi this is the perfect spot to recover. Not a big area for a swim but sufficient.

Hazards

  • Be warned I am told that occasionally a skinny dipper has apparently been seen in this pool on his way back down form one of his regular runs up Ben Ledi

Date

  • 17th April 2017

 


Quoich Water (near Braemar)

Location

  • Park at the Linn of Quoich 3km west of Braemar (although that’s as crow flies) and follow the path up Glen Quoich. There are loads of pools for swimming but the best one will depend on time of year and rain/snow fall. This one was near one of the washed away bridges just north of the main area of trees.

Grid Ref

  • NO083/932

Features

  • Fantastic clear water with easy access and sufficient depth (in April) for a swim. Great setting too.

Hazards

  • Nothing unusual to report.

Date

  • 14th April 2017

 


River Dee (near Braemar)

Location

  • There are a few good swim spots between Braemar and Invercauld Bridge but the best access is from the track on the north side of the river which means walk ins from either the car park at the Linn of Quoich or from Invercauld Estate.

Grid Ref

  • NO148/924

Features

  • Easy access to the water and on a rare patch of gravel. The water is deep enough for a proper swim which isn’t the case elsewhere on this stretch of river. You also get a great view of Braemar Castle

Hazards

  • I suppose I should mention the sewage works and cemetery in the vicinity but to south of the river.

Date

  • 11th April 2017

 


Falls of Garbh Allt (near Braemar)

Location

  • Park in the car park on Invercauld Estate, near the bridge of same name, c. 5km east of Braemar on the A93. Take one of the woodland paths on the south side of the River Dee.

Grid Ref

  • NO 198/895

Features

  • Several pools below waterfalls. Best one seemed to be that by the foot bridge (which doubles as a viewing/photography area)

Hazards

  • Best not to skinny dip at the path is popular (erh, well it wasn’t at Easter but might be in the summer)

Date

  • 10th April 2017

 

Wild Swimming Season 2016


As is “tradition” my wild swimming season commenced at Easter in Scotland.

Mac Digger @ Allt a Chonais, Wester Ross. 15th April 2016

 


River Jadro (Croatia)

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Croatian flag visible in background (in the picnic area)

 

Location

  • Near the source of the River Jadro which is upstream of the modern town of Salon (and up aqueduct of the ancient city of Salona)

Grid Ref

  • TBC

Features

  • Fast and slow flowing water. Shallow and deep water. Adjacent picnic area. Parking. (What more could you want?)

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Hazards

  • None really. Although the security guards from the water plant may take an interested in you (and point out that the whole area is under CCTV surveillance)

Date

  • October 2016

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Krka (Croatia)

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Location

  • Krka National Park, Sibenik, Dalmatia, Croatis

Grid Ref

  • TBC (upstream of waterfalls)

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Features

  • Krka is famous for its waterfalls but there are other calmer and lovely swimming opportunities

Hazards

  • None at this spot except in summer when boats appear to use it

Date

  • October 2016

 


Dordogne (France)

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Attendees at Swim the Dor (dogne)

 

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One of many good swim spots

 

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Here is another

Location

  • Too many good swim spots to provide details

Grid Ref

  • TBC

Features

  • Easy access, variable depths, adjacent sunbathing/shelter in shadow of trees opportunities.

Hazards

  • Kayaks

Date

  • August 2016

Vezere (France)

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Why does the Dordogne get all the attention? Its turns out there is another river in the area!

Location

  • Access the river from the village of Tursac

Grid Ref

  • TBC

Features

  • Easy parking and access to the river. You get to swim beneath the cliffs of La Madeleine troglodyte village (see swimming with history page)

Hazards

  • None really

Date

  • August 2016

 

 


River Dane (Staffordshire)

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Location

  • TBC

Grid Ref

  • TBC

Features

  • There are several places you can have a dip along the River Dane near Danebridge (Wincle)

Hazards

  • None really, but its not that deep and there are a lot of trees nearby (and therefore branches in the river!)

Date

  • 29th May 2016

 


Mill Dam on Kippen Muir (Stirlingshire)

 

Location

  • Approx 4km SW of the village of Kippen. Just north of the junction between a minor road and the B822. A spot recommended by local Steven (also known at “The Poacher”)

Grid Ref

  • NS614/919

Features

  • Easy access. Lovely views. And when I went in “sunshine”!

Hazards

  • None really, but it is a fishing loch so unless you want to be unpopular avoid when it is in active use!

Date

  • 9th April 2016

Allt a Chonais, Wester Ross

RS16- Scot chronais

 

Location

  • Not far from the track to Glenuaig Lodge which starts from the A890 c. 5km east of Achnashellach Station

RS16- Scot splash 1

Grid Ref

  • NH074/466

RS16- Scot splash 2

Features

  • Relatively easy access. Areas of deep water. Spectacular views

RS16- Scot splash 3

Hazards

  • None but the obvious. Unless you count that there was someone “wild camping” nearby oh, and, I think this part of the river is part of a Hydro scheme!

Date

  • 8th April 2016

Loch Dughaill, Wester Ross

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Location

  • Approx 1km west of Achnashellach Station. The A890 runs adjacent to the Loch which is very handy. I picked a spot half way along where there was easy parking opposite

Grid Ref

  • NG995/475

Features

  • Easy access and parking. Gets deep pretty quick where I went in.

Hazards

  • You might be seen from the road (and when people who don’t know you park next to you when you are changing they do tend to look at you with a degree of suspicion)

Date

  • 14th April 2016

River Carron, Wester Ross

View from bridge. Photo by Katharine

Location

  • Approx. 5km east of Achnashellach Station and a short walk from the A890. You can park near the “authorised users only” level crossing or in the car park hidden in the woods on the opposite side of the road.

Grid Ref

  • NH048/493

Features

  • Easy access and viewing from adjacent bridge. Areas of fast and slow flowing water. A great find by Jim but I didn’t notice him come in the water!

Hazards

  • In wooded area so, in all seriousness, to keep you eyes open for floating logs! Also probably got a sheep tic when changing.

Date

  • 7th April 2016

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Wild Swimming Season 2015 (new swims spots only)


In a break with tradition my 2015 wild swimming season started in South America. It was one of the best years for me for new swims and, for no particular reason, I’d like to think I found 50 new spots………..

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Both Argentina and Chile have an area known as the Lake District. Its a swimmers paradise!

 

 

Este verano (bueno febrero) fui a nadar

este verano , me habría ahogado ( en Lago Puelo, Argentina )

pero me contuve la respiración

y pateé mis pies

y moví mis brazos alrededor

movido mis brazos alrededor

 


River Gard (Southern France)

Location

Pont Du Gard. Its really famous. Ask any wild swimmer or archaeologist as they will know it. Its also only 2.5 hours from Luton Airport!!

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Grid ref

No idea

Features

Like being in heaven!

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Hazards

Kayaks, people and the sun!

Date of swim

28th August 2015

 


River Ardeche (Southern France)

Location

Pont D’arc is rather famous so easy to find.

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Grid ref

No idea

Features

What can I say. Its like Durdle Door (Dorset) but bigger and some say the water is calmer/warmer……..

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Hazards

Kayaks, people and the sun!

Date of swim

28th August 2015

 


River Ardeche (Southern France)

Location

Anywhere along the river near Vallon-Pont-d’Arc appears to be excellent for swimming. This spot is next to the campsite adjacent to Mondial Campsite.

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Grid ref

No idea

Features

Easy gentle access and plenty of room for swimming once you get into the main river. Some grass for sun-bathing/picnics.

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Hazards

Don’t be deceived by the static kayaks in this photos. They come down through the rapids very fast, largely out of control and appear to head for any swimmer in the water.

Date of swim

28th August 2015

 


River Derwent, near Grindleford (Peaks)

Location

Park in Grindleford near the bridge (or a bit further away near the café/train station) then take the Hathersage footpath which roughly follows the river for a few fields. There are several pools by small dams in the river which are “just about” suitable for a swim. Unusually the best depth for swimming is downstream of these!

 

Grid ref

SK238/798 (approx. as just off my map)

Features

Lovely location and handy for the Grindleford Café, but space for swimming is limited.

Hazards

The Grindleford Café!!

Date of swim

19th July 2015

 


River Severn, near Llandrinio (mid Wales)

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Location

You can park in a layby on the B4393 on the Llandrinio side of the bridge and then follow the Severn Way path. Then its just a case of pick your spot as there are plenty in the bends of the river.

Grid ref

SJ293/166

Features

Long stretches of relatively deep water.

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Hazards

Not really a hazard but this part of the Severn cuts through clay so you will have the usual “comedy” avoiding getting very muddy.

Date of swim

10th and 12th July 2015


 Gleann Eason Biorach, Isle of Arran (Scotland)

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Location

Walk in from Lochranza (you could park in the distillery although they don’t really like that unless you promise to buy a bottle of Whiskey!)

Grid ref

NR948/483

Features

I think this is the only swimming spot in this valley and I had previously visited when “young” on a geology trip from school. Its got fairly easy access and fresh water!

Hazards

None but the obvious.

Date of swim

4th July 2015


 Un-named Lochan on Meall Bhig, Isle of Arran (Scotland)

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Location

Park off the A841 and do the c. 2km walk in past the wonderfully named Mid Thundergay.

Grid ref

NR908/467

Features

Ok while it looks lovely this isn’t a great “swim” as it was too shallow when I visited. I’m told there is a better Lochan up there but couldn’t find it!

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Hazards

Watch out for adders (ask Ruth what it feels like to accidentally stand on one!).

Date of swim

3rd July 2015


Glen Catacol, Isle of Arran (Scotland)

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Location

Either walk in from Catacol Bay or Mid Thundergay and walk in along the reasonably well used track/paths. There are plenty of lovely pools along the river.

Grid ref

NR920/480

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Features

This valley is lovely and there are lots of pools in the river. Unfortunately, when I visited (July) most were only really big enough for “bathing” not proper swimming, but they are still good spots.

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Hazards

Don’t dive in!

Date of swim

3rd July 2015

 


Coire Fhionn Lochan, Isle of Arran (Scotland)

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“Probably the best wild swimming spot on Arran”

Location

Park off the A841 and do the c. 2km walk in past the wonderfully named Mid Thundergay.

Grid ref

NR903/459

Features

With a lovely beach and plenty of open water this is probably the best wild swimming spot on Arran.

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The stony beach at the east end of simply divine!

Hazards

None. Unless you count being too nice to leave!

Date of swim

3rd July 2015

 


Iorsa Water, Isle of Arran (Scotland)

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Lovely pleasant valley

Location

This river is in a pleasant valley which ultimately stretches from the west to the north coast of Arran. We parked c. 6km south of Pirnmill near Dougarie Lodge and followed the footpath which runs along the valley bottom except where it takes a detour near the Lodge. There are quite a few person-made pools (presumably for fishing), but a few of these are suitable for swimming

Grid ref

NR896/380

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Features

Easy access, deep and shallow water.

Hazards

Inevitably due to the adjacent grassland quite a few insects will descend on you when you come out of the water.

Date of swim

30th June 2015


 Loch Iorsa, Isle of Arran (Scotland)

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If you look really carefully you can see a blob in the water (that’s me!)

Location

This Loch is on the west side of the island c. 6km south of Pirnmill and c. 3km from the coast. Its a pleasant valley walk in once you have gone on the annoying footpath diversion around posh people who live in Dougarie Lodge and presumably don’t like people walking past their house.

Grid ref

NR913/378

Features

Lovely view, easy access and plenty of deep water.

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Despite what you might think, the red ball/buoy isn’t with us! Torin looks a natural wild swimmer once he lets his arms get cold.

Hazards

None really.

Date of swim

30th June 2015

 


Loch Insh, Cairngorms (Scotland)

Location

This Loch is just east of the A9 and just south of Kincraig. Access is more restricted than usual for Scotland but there is parking along the c road 1lm south of Kincraig.

Grid ref

NH838/045

Features

Easy access, parking and you can ponder over whether you are swimming in Loch Insh or the River Spey or both.

Hazards

None really, but watch out for Mac Digger.

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Date of swim

10th April 2015

 


River Tromie, Cairngorms (Scotland)

Location

Follow the B970 eastwards from Kingussie for 4km and park by the bridge over the river. There is a path from the road leading to pools downstream of the bridge.

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Grid ref

NN789/996

Features

Super but small swim spot with fast running water meaning you can just swim against the current (only 1 minute from the road).

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Hazards

None really, although the water was a bit fast in place.

Date of swim

9th April 2015

 


Loch an t-Seilich, Cairngorms (Scotland)

SW15 Loch an t-Seilich (Simons photo)

Photo by Simon

Location

You can get to this Loch by following the path up Glen Tromie (starting point c. 4km E of Kingussie). Its off my map but I think its in Glen Feshie.

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tbc

Features

Fantastic scenery and if you pick the right spot there is a beach (kinda!)

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Hazards

None really but getting in does involve the “comedy walk” on small stones

Date of swim

6th April 2015

 


 

Glentromie Lodge pond, Cairngorms (Scotland)

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Location

This pond is in Glen Tromie, c. 6km SE of Kingussie. Its on the west side of River Tromie but isn’t shown on all maps which I guess means its quite new. It particularly handy if you are staying in Glentromie Lodge (see view in photo below)

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Grid ref

NN777/987

Features

Very handy if you are staying in the Lodge, easy access, sheltered and has frogs (see photo below)

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My hand is pointing at a frog. Can you see it?!

 

Hazards

Frogs!!

Date of swim

4th April 2015

 


Lago Llanquihue (Chile)

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Location

Lago Llanquihue is adjacent to the town of Puerto c. 15km from Puerto Montt. Disappointingly the nearest beach to the town has lots of “no swimming” signs, but there is another beach further along.

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Features

Does portaloos on the beach count …………………

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Hazards

Despite these messages from “locals” it seem very safe (although I did get a “cold” that took 4 weeks to go!!)

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Date of swim

5th March 2015

 


Lago Lakar (Argentina)

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Location

Lago Laker is adjacent to the town of San Martin de los Andes in Neuquén province c. 25km from the border with Chile. There is a town “beach”  (see photo above) which is a good place to go in.

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Features

Easy access, shade provided by trees, the main part of the town “beach” is clean, and what can I say about the views…………………

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Hazards

The only ones I can think of is “silly” buoys marking a too shallow swimming area and a band of sea weed. Once you get beyond these its a great spot for a swim. Oh, on some days it can get a bit choppy!!

Date of swim

27th & 28th February 2015

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Lago Escondido (Argentina)

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Location

Lago Escondido is c. 25km west of San Carlos de Bariloche in Rio Negro province. As with Lago y Montanas (below) you can get a bus from Bariloche (takes about an hour) or you could stay in the rather posh Hotel Llao-Llao. You can follow a forest walk and signs although it does have a car park near (ish).

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Features

Plenty of shade. So many surrounding trees that you may struggle to find what is the only way into the water a boardwalk!! I guess this is why its called the Hidden Lake in Spanish. The wooden boardwalk provides an excellent way to jump in (in fact there isn’t really any other way of getting in).

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Note. the boardwalk which is the only way into this lake.

 

Hazards

Once you have jumped in bear in mind it is a bit tricky to get out!

Date of swim

26th February 2015

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Lago y Montanas (Argentina)

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Location

Lago y Montanas is c. 25km west of San Carlos de Bariloche in Rio Negro province. You can get a bus from Bariloche (takes about an hour) or you could stay in the rather posh Hotel Llao-Llao (the later, incidentally, was the only place on our trip where we saw a Union Jack flying). You can follow a forest walk which brings you down to some magical places to swim.

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Features

Easy access, shade provided by trees and what can I say about the views…………………

Hazards

Not really a hazard but it was a bit muddy and reedy around the edge of the lake.

Date of swim

26th February 2015

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Lago Puelo (Argentina)

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Note the strange mist/fog.

 Location

Lago Puelo is to the south of a settlement of the same name and near the better known El Bolson. The lake is at the very northern border of Chubut province. The easiest swimming spot is almost a beach and goes by the name of Muello I think

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Features

Easy access, shade provided by trees and campsites nearby (some with bars!). Its within the Parque Nacional of the same name so a lovely spot.

Hazards

The only possible thing I can think of is that a strange mist/fog develops over the lake in late afternoon.

Date of swim

23rd February 2015

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Rio Percy/Afon Percy (Argentina)

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 Location

Rio Percy (also known in Welsh as Afon Percy) is located adjacent to the “Welsh” town of Trevelin in Chubut province. The best/only spot suitable for a swim is by Puente Viejo (too shallow at the other bridge in the town)

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Features

Easy access, shade provided by the road bridge or trees. There were some people having a picnic/rave in the trees while I swam.

Hazards

I don’t think there can be any or the nice woman at the Tourist Office who pointed us this way would surely have said (of course we don’t really understand Spanish!)

Date of swim

22nd February 2015

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Note. the Welsh baseball hat. When in Wales (or southern Argentina) its best to pretend you are Welsh.

 


Wild Swimming Season 2014


 

Cawfield Quarry (by Hadrian’s Wall)

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

 

Location

Cawfields has its own (very handy car park) and to Romanists is well-known due to its proximity to Milecastle 42 (the one on a steep slope).

Grid ref

NY 714/667

Features

Great access on one side and gets very deep, with great views of the Cawfields Crags over which Hadrians Wall passes in this area.

Hazards

None really (but if you push me its a quarry so is deep with gentle access on one side).

Date of swim

6th July 2014


 

Crag Lough (by Hadrian’s Wall)

(FOUR  TRUNK  location)

Location

Below Highshield Crags or to Romanists between Milecastle 38 and 39. Access best from east near Hotbank Farm.

Grid ref

NY 768/680

Features

Fairly shallow and great views of the crags over which Hadrians Wall passes in this area.

Hazards

None really (but if you push me its a lot shallower than you might expect and with a lot more fishermen!).

Date of swim

5th July 2014

 


Loch Lurgainn (by Stac Pollaidh, Scotland)

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

 

Location

Park in the Stac Pollaidh car park, walk 50m towards the Loch and the best spot is from one of the “beaches”.

Grid ref

NC 107/093

Features

Easy parking, easy access, “beaches” and great view of nearby hills (Stac Pollaidh and Cul Beag).

Hazards

None really (but watch out you don’t follow the “crowds” as they are usually going “up” not down to the water).

Date of swim

8th April 2014

 


Wild Swimming Season 2013 (new swim spots only)


 

As is traditional the wild swimming season started in the Scottish sun.

 

River Great Ouse, Clapham, Bedfordshire

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

Location

At the southern end of the village of Clapham (c. 1km north of Bedford). Park in the car park of the Horse and Groom (or any nearby side road) and take the track called Ford End c. 300m to south of pub. Walk 20m and you reach the river because there is a ford! There are good stretches of deep water to the north and a rope swing to the south of the ford. Not sure why its taken me so long to find this spot!

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TL 034/523

Features

Easy parking, easy access and nearby pub.

Hazards

None really (probably should mention swans and that it does get shallow very quickly near the ford).

Date of swim

25th August 2013


Lake 3 (name tbc), Spain

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

Another fantastic location, but whats this………….

Fortunately despite have several spanish classes over the years I’ve never really picked up the language!

Location

TBC

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TBC

Features

Another beautiful setting!

Hazards

None really. Although as a flooded valley is might have some underwater obstacles and someone might come and tell you off.

Date of swim

July 2013

WHY? You are not meant to swim in this is beyond me.

 

Lake 2 (name tbc), Spain

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

What a location for a swim. It even has a road going straight into it!!

Location

TBC

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TBC

Features

Another beautiful setting, easy parking and you can literally almost drive into the water!

Hazards

None really. Although as a flooded valley is might have some underwater obstacles.

Date of swim

July 2013

What spot!!

 

Lake 1 (name tbc), Spain

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

Whats that? No not the pedalow the monster like object!

Location

TBC

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TBC

Features

Beautiful setting, easy parking and easy access (and Pedalows!)

Hazards

None really. It was a bit hot when you got out of the water so I guess thats why all the locals were under the trees.

Date of swim

July 2013

Ben, Stephen and Digger (the “girls” were in the pedalow!)


Loch Ailsg, Scotland

(FIVE  TRUNK  location- even in the snow!)

Not the best weather to appreciate the views (see better photo below)

Location

Follow the forestry track off the A837 c. 10km southeast of the turnoff to Ullapool (signposted Benmore Lodge) and where this turns into a private road you will find the Loch on your left (can’t miss it unless you are in heavy snow).

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NC 323/113

Features

Beautiful setting (except in the snow!!)

Hazards

None really (although in snow it can be difficult to see the shore).

Date of swim

6th April 2013

Photo taken on the day we should have gone swimming!

 

River Kirkaig, Scotland

(FOUR  TRUNK  location)

Location

Shorest walk in is via the Falls of Kirkaig near the coast (to south of Lochinver- of pie shop fame), but access to these is “tricky” to say the least so if you walk upsteam and before you get to Fionn Loch there are plenty of other options.

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NC 119/177

Features

Less scary to get in than the Falls of Kirkaig!!

Hazards

None really (unless you count the strange insects on the river bank).

Date of swim

5th April 2013

 

Fionn Loch, Scotland

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

Location

Next to a big hill called Suilven. Shorest walk in is via the Falls of Kirkaig near the coast (to south of Lochinver- of pie shop fame).

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NC 120/180

Features

What a setting!!!

Hazards

No real hazards (unlike the Falls of Kirkaig where the swim was aborted).

Date of swim

5th April 2013

 

Allt nan Uamh (geninue name), Scotland

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

Location

Park in the car park for the caves (c. 1km north of juction of the A837 and A835 (Ullapool road).

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NC 255/142

Features

Three pools in same river/stream, all deep enough for a swim and some supplied by their own watefall.

Pool One (upper)

Pool Two (middle)

Pool Three (lower and closer to the car park)

Hazards

No real hazards.

Date of swim

4th April 2013

 

Loch Carn nan Conbhairean (geninue name), Scotland

(FOUR TRUNK  location)

Location

Follow the footpath up through Benmore Lodge (access track from A837 c. 10km southeast of the turnoff to Ullapool).

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NC 345/175

Features

What a setting!!!

Hazards

No real hazards but its a bit shallow on the south side and did have some ice floating in it.

Date of swim

1st April 2013

 

 


Wild Swimming Season 2012 new swims

New swim spots include:

  • River Seven (geninue name), York Moors
  • Falling Floss, York Moors
  • Langford Mill, nr Biggleswade
  • Glen Etive, nr Glen Coe
  • Lynn of Pattack, Cairngorms
  • Lochan a Choire, Cairngorms
  • Lochan Na H-Earba, Cairngorms
  • River Pattack, Cairngorms
  • Falls near Kinlock Laggan, Cairngorms
  • Falls of Pattack, Cairngorms
  • Touch Burn waterfall, Stirling
  • Touch Hills, Stirling

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Wild Swimming Season 2011 new swims

 

It might have been a “bit wet” but as is tradition the outdoor swimming season started for me in Scotland. Not in a bath tub but in Loch Iain Oig (see details below).

The new swims spots were :

  • Loch Iain Oig, nr Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
  • River Shiel, Scotland
  • Loch Coire nan Crogachan, Shiel Bridge, Scotland
  • Loch na Leitreach, nr Kintail, Scotland
  • Alit Undalain, Shiel Bridge, Scotland
  • Loup of Fintry, Scotland
  • Youlgreave, Peaks
  • Caerleon, South Wales

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Wild Swimming Season 2010 new swims

 

The 2010 wild swimming season started badly with lots of snow and some ponds frozen over. These conditions, as indicated by the photo below, are not great for swimming…

As is “tradition” the swim season 2010 finally started at Easter in Scotland – the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.

The new swim spots were :

  • River With no name (*tbc*), nr Braemar, Scotland
  • Loch with no name (*tbc*), nr Aberfoyle, Scotland
  • Falls of Leny, nr Callander, Scotland
  • Falls of Falloch, nr Crianlarich, Scotland
  • Falls with no name (*tbc*), nr Tyndrum, Scotland
  • Holy Pool (and River Fillan), nr Tyndrum, Scotland

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