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Beaches and swimming

Barmouth and Fairbourne Beaches

Barmouth sand dunes (Photo: G J Whitby)

Barmouth sand dunes (Photo: G J Whitby)

Barmouth and Fairbourne are just a twenty minute drive along the Mawddach estuary from the hotel. The traditional seaside town of Barmouth is blessed with wide, open beaches and crashing waves suitable for surfing.

At Fairbourne, the coastline meanders around towards the point of the estuary mouth and here lies hidden sand dunes. Cader Idris looms large over both beaches to provide a spectacular, mountainous backdrop.

Spanning the mile and a half estuary is the famous Mawddach railway bridge. This is also open to walkers and cyclists providing a fabulous, scenic connection between the two locations.

Kite flying on the beach at Barmouth (Photo: G J Whitby)

Kite flying on the beach at Barmouth


Wild water outdoor swimming

Wild swimming wales (Photo: Pixabay)

There are many hidden lakes and pools within easy reach for wild water swimming. To keep them secluded, we do not publicise them here. The hotel has a number it can recommend. Please ask for further information.

Tranquil lake near New Precipice Walk


The Hurly Burly 10K

The Hurly Burly (Bwrlwm Bermo) (Photo: Outdoor Swimming Society / Twitter)

(Photo: Outdoor Swimming Society / Twitter)


The Hurly Burly (Bwrlwm Bermo) is an autumn ten kilometre swim held on the Mawddach estuary. There is also a run-swim option (11K run along the Mawddach Trail, followed by the 10K swim). With tail-currents it is likely to be the fastest 10K swim you will ever do. Billed as "the most beautiful swim we have ever found" by The Outdoor Swimming Society.

The swim starts on the sandy beach of Barmouth, and takes swimmers underneath the iconic Barmouth Bridge. The first part of the swim is up the wide and sandy estuary with mountains on either side, and then through "the narrows" and into a more sheltered and pastoral part of the estuary, finishing at Penmaenpool with welcoming fire pits and good times. The whole swim takes place on a fast, incoming Spring tide that works like a bore to assist your swim.

Even if you are not taking part - come along and cheer them on!












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