indulge yourself in the treat of seeing the mountains from a truly different perspective
SNOWDON SUNRISE SWIM
There is no secret here, this involves an early start! But honestly, nothing beats that awe-inspiring feeling of seeing the sun peak over the summit or spill onto your back and you are tiny, tiny and laid back in the middle of a mountain lake.
Wake up early and feel the joy of having been up on the mountain, immerse yourself in the depths of one of Snowdon's incredible lakes and be back down in time to grab breakfast, knowing that you definitely have earned it!
"...she learned to go into the hills aimlessly, ‘merely with the intention to be with the mountain as one visits a friend, with no intention but to be with him’.
from Robert MacFarlane's introduction in 'The Living Mountain' by Nan Shepherd.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
IN WATER PHOTOGRAPHY
MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM. COMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA OF SWIMMING OUTDOORS
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
It is entirely up to you what you want to bring along, these sessions are about experiences, not endurance. But as a general guide, I would suggest...
Waterproof trousers and jacket
Boots or trainers
Swim hat/woolly hat (may get wet)
Rucksack to put everything in.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY?
I think a day on the hills, swimming in lakes and having time to reflect, absorb your surroundings is incredible, but see what other people who have shared the experience with me say
Thank you Viv for a magical morning. It was just what I needed to recalibrate.
Why aren't more people here doing this? It's just incredible!
Thank you so much for a wonderful morning and I will savour the memories.
Thanks for the company and the delightful experience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What lakes will we visit?
The plan is to swim in one of the many beautiful lakes on Snowdon. You will recieve a message a few days before with details of where to meet and which lake it will be. The choice will be based on weather conditions (hopefully glorious sunshine!) and logisitics (sometimes the National Park is very busy with visitors and heading to a quieter side of Snowdon makes the experience more enjoyable.
How far will we swim?
All my swim sessions are based on having experiences, not endurance. No one is expected to swim laps or the length of a lake if you wish to just lie back and stare at the sky that is fine. I do ask that you can swim, and are comfortable with the idea of swimming outdoors if you come on a group day, if you are nervous about swimming outdoors I would book on to one of my wild swim water confidence sessions first.
How cold is the water?
All water in the UK is deemed to be 'cold' even in the summer months! I don't measure water temperatures as I prefer to feel the changes in the temperature in my skin. As a general guide, however, the water in the mountains is at it's coldest in February/March and at it's warmest in August/September.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
My kit list is a guide, you are welcome to wear in the water whatever you feel most comfortable. Wearing a wetsuit will enable you to stay in the water longer. If you bring one along you can always then make the choice, to wear it or not.
It's summer do I really need a wooly hat and gloves?
I would bring them, I don't think I have ever been swimming in the mountains and not put a woolly hat on afterwards. It may be glorious sunshine, but after swimming in a high mountain lake you will feel very chilly and be grateful for all those warm clothes you brought along.
How far will we walk and how steep will it be?
The distance we will walk will depend on which lake/s we go to and which day you have booked on to. Generally, the walk-in iwill be aprrox 1:30mins. It will be uphill as we are in the mountain environment, some of this may be steep and it will be on well trodden paths as well as off the beaten track. However, all walking is done at a gentle pace, where everyone is the group can keep up and hold a conversation.
What about Covid?
I completely understand and share all concerns about Covid-19. I have been awarded the UK Governement 'We're Good To Go' mark meaning I comply with their current guidance on Covid. I have a specific section in my booking terms and conditions on Covid-19 that ask everyone to read before they book.
WHERE TO STAY?
There is a full range of accommodation options in Snowdonia to suit every budget and taste.
The ones suggested below operate independently from me
I am an artist, educator and outdoor swimmer. I spilt my time between the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales where I have lived since 2002 and on the beautiful South Coast in the New Forest where I grew up. My project #swimsnowdonia was listed amongst 'The 10 most inspiring adventures' in The Guardian and has been the focus of several short films including a music video for the band Elbow. 'Afterglow' a short film about my passion for both my creativity and cold water swimming won Best Woman in Adventure Gold Award at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival., Best Short Film at The Four Season Film Festival and was recently selected for The Patagonia Film Festival in Santa Monica. I was included in the first San Miguel Rich List, 'a unique list of men and women who value experiences over any possession' and listed as one of Britains 101 Adventurers. I am currently featuring in an ITV documentary 'The Mountain ' which follows the lives of a selection of people who live and work on the busiest mountain in England and Wales, Snowdon.
I am a Qualified Teacher, Mountain Leader, Open Water Swimming Coach, RLSS Open Water Lifeguard, RYA Day Skipper and hold RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory. I hold Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors, RLSS Water Safety Management Level 1-3, STA Level 2 Swimming Teacher Award and Certificate, I am an RLSS Trainer and have more than 10 previous years of experience lifesaving in swimming pools.
Photo © Jody Daunton