Challenging, adventurous and fun swimming in the Dyfi estuary, based out of the picturesque Welsh coastal fishing village of Aberdyfi, nestled in South Snowdonia. No two swims in this estuary are ever the same, but they are always magical.
THE DYFI 13km, Sun 11 Sep
BEAT THE TIDE 4km, Sat 01 Oct
THE CLASSIC 1.5km, Sat 01 Oct
THE DYFI 13km: able to swim at 3km/h for 2 hrs 30 mins.
BEAT THE TIDE: able to swim 2km in 45 mins.
THE CLASSIC: able to swim 1km in 30 mins.
Please don't enter if you don't meet these prerequisites.
THE DYFI 13KM, 11 SEP Swim from the beautiful beach in Aberdyfi all the way up to the tidal limit of the Dyfi estuary covering 13km of splendour, a journey that transitions from coast to mountain, from salt water to river water...a remarkable point to point swim journey. Water temperature at the start will be around 17 degrees, and around 14 degrees at the finish.
This swim will be tide assisted. If you can swim consistently for 2.5 hours at a minimum of 3km/h in open water, and you have a sense of adventure, then you'll be suited to this swim. Skins swimmers must provide prior evidence of swimming for similar amounts of time in similar water temperatures.
Pre-requisite: You must be able to swim for 2.5hrs at 3km/h.
The start of The Dyfi 13km, 2019
REGISTRATION & SCHEDULE Registration in Aberdyfi, and then an optional coach transfer from the finish back to Aberdyfi.
Registration: Sat 18:00 to 19:30
Late registration: Sun 06:20 to 07:00
Bag drop: Sun 06:20 to 07:00 (max 30 litre) bags will be transported to the swim finish point
Race Brief: Will be online
Ready to start swim: 07:15 (Aberdyfi)
Expected finish: 09:30 to 11:20 (Pennal)
Prize giving (Pennal)
Coach transfer back to Aberdyfi: 11am & 11:45 (approximately)
Note: The finish is a 10 minute walk from the coach pick up point in the village of Pennal. Your drop bag should contain a changing robe or warm jacket plus crocs/flip flops/similar to make your 10 minute walk more comfortable. Drop bag: 30 litres maximum.
BEAT THE TIDE 4KM, 01 OCT This is quite a special swim, one of the most beautiful estuary swims in the UK. The swim takes you around Aberdyfi Wharf and Jetty, on past the picturesque village and Penhelig corner. You will then carry on past the Roman Road, Picnic Island and The Outward Bound Trust up to a big yellow house, and to what looks like a small castle (Trefri) on an island. This "castle" will be the turnaround point.
Expect slight tidal assistance at the start & finish, and a little swimming against the tide at the turnaround point.
Pre-requisite: You must be able to swim 2km within 45mins.
THE CLASSIC 1.5KM, 01 OCT The Classic was last held in 2019 and is the route of the Cerist Triathlon, last held in 2015. The swim takes you around Aberdyfi Wharf and Jetty (with slight tidal assistance), on past the picturesque village and up to Penhelig corner where a large Buoy will mark the turnaround point. Swim back to the beach with a little tidal assistance towards the end of your swim. The turnaround point may present some swimming against a slight tidal flow depending on when you get to the turnaround point!
Pre-requisite: You must be able to swim 1km within 30mins.
THE TAFOL TUMBLE Starting form Aberdyfi beach swim all the way to a pebbly beach where the River Tafol joins theDyfi Estuary. Here you will "tumble-turn" and swim back to Aberdyfi, your tumble will coincide with the turning of the tide, more or less! A total of 8km.
After a very challenging couple of years we are trying to consolidate a little, as a result The Tafol Tumble race is unlikely to take place in 2022. However we do provide guiding for small groups on The Tafol Tumble route.