Exploring Dolgellau: Hike & Swim

Wild swimming and its every growing popularity can help you see places from a different perspective. However, sometimes you need to hike to get to the most amazing spots. I hike Cadair Idris, Wales, and swim in Llyn Cau, which will always be my favourite wild swimming location.

My bucket list is endless. My curiosity always gets the better of me when it comes to wanting to try & experience new things. One thing I’ve managed to tick off this list is open water swimming … that happened to be in a lake at the top of a mountain! Meaning there was a hike up to the top first! That path just kept going up…and up…and up! Step after step. Getting up there was a workout in itself!

There was Ryan’s family of experienced swimmers…and me…who nearly put on the wetsuit backwards. What could go wrong? Ha!

Llyn Cau, Cadair Idris, Wales

So there was the battle of getting into the wetsuit and then 2 swimming hats. And then the challenge of getting into the water…which not very surprisingly was rather cold!

Llyn Cau, Cadair Idris, Wales

I can swim. I’m just not a very strong one! Some sports I naturally just do better at and swimming isn’t exactly one of them. But you’ve got to try these things right?

My swimming isn’t the best, but I’ll get there. Practice makes perfect. Whilst Ryan’s Mum had already swam the length of the lake, I could barely swim a metre. Despite the look on my face…I did actually enjoy it. It was more frustration I couldn’t swim properly in there. But it has given me something to work on this Winter and maybe try again next Summer!

So that’s last the part of ‘Exploring Dolgellau’. Thanks to Ryan’s family for letting me tag along and for showing me round Dolgellau. I loved every minute of it.

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