North Wales is a naturally beautiful wonderland, and its lakes and beaches make for amazing spots to bathe in the fresh, and salt waters that the region has to offer. You will be pleased to know that this is all located just a stone’s throw from many a Caernarfon hotel where you could spend the night in comfort.
This little tidal island is home to several coves and beaches which are often completely untouched, as they are very well sheltered and quite a walking distance from the main beach. These are quite often so still and clear that you can see to the very bottom – thoroughly recommended for a swim or a paddle on a sunny day!
This lake in the heart of Snowdonia is one of the best spots in the area for swimming. The lake is aside the lake town of Llanberis, and while it is not secluded like other lakes, it is a great spot to visit none-the-less. You can park up pretty close to the lake, and even visit the lonely tree which stands alone, jutting out into the lake’s waters. This lake is truly one to enjoy.
Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake)
This lake is, believe it or not, the largest natural body of water, it is famous for being deep, and clear. It is also very easily accessible, sporting a small beach that you can relax upon. It is a popular space for paddling, swimming, as well as other water sports like kayaking and sailing. You truly can find everything you need here for a fresh day out in the waters.
Maybe this is not the easiest swimming spot to get to, however, after the long and steep walk, you will only be too happy to take a dip into its open blue waters. The lake is very remote so only come here if you feel confident in the mountains and wild swimming. This is a large glacial lake which is set between 400 meters of high mountains, this is an hour from the nearest car park.
This gorgeous roadside is very easy to access as there is a parking spot very conveniently located nearby. Both ends of the lake are pretty shallow, all that means that in the warmer winter months, they’re warm enough to make it a good spot for younger children to take a dip (with care of course). Llyn Gwynant is also a good spot that has been used as a setting for scenes in many films, including Tomb Raider, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and BBC’s Merlin.
A great deal of these lakes are just a short drive from hotels in Caernarfon, and as such the town is a good base for jaunts into this lake-filled land of adventure. Water safety is so important, so you shouldn’t jump into the waters without preparing properly, check the weather, temperatures, give your body time to adjust to the water, and ensure you are easily able to contact emergency services.
As long as you are keeping safe and staying within your limits, then you should be fine to take a dip!