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Bluetits Welsh Waterfalls Weekend 2024 (week 2)

20th Sep 2024 - 23rd Sep 2024

20th Sep 2024 - 23rd Sep 2024
27th Sep 2024 - 30th Sep 2024
29th Sep 2023 - 2nd Oct 2023

4 days/United Kingdom /Moderate to Challenging

Overview

Join us as we explore the stunning waterfalls, cascades and swimming holes of the Breacon Beacons.

This weekend has been designed especially with The Bluetits Chill Swimmers to explore the very best swimming spots the area has to offer.

We’ll be trekking into the heart of the Breacons taking in some enchanting views along the way. Take the plunge in many falls on the Elidir Trail, jump in at Henrhyd Falls and discover the secret falls of Dinas Rock. There may also be a chance to visit the popular Pen-Ffordd-Goch Pond, better known as Keeper’s Pond,  a favourite spot for swimmers from both near and further afield.

The Bluetits Chill Swimmers is a social enterprise committed to empowering an inclusive community of cold water dippers. They now have more than 100,000 Bluetits across the globe.

This trip is graded moderate to challenging due to the walking element of this trip. You should prepare for steep sections that may be muddy and slippery with some sharp drops.

This trip has been graded as moderate to challenging for someone of good fitness. A Bluetit motto is ‘No Bluetit Left Behind!’ so what is most important is that you feel able to enjoy the weekend.

You will never be pressured to go out of your depth or beyond your comfort zone when it comes to swimming but you must be able to tread water in order to get the most out of the wild swimming adventure.

This weekend does involve walking distances of up to 5 miles. You will be required to navigate some steep sections with sharp drops with terrain that could be muddy or slippery underfoot.

The weather in the UK is unpredictable and changeable so you must check the local weather forecast prior to arrival and pack accordingly.

Typically, days are cool (average 12°C) and nights are chilly (down to around 7°C). The water temperature will be around 10°C.

Please note it is possible to experience extreme deviations from the normal climate pattern and very cold conditions are not impossible. Climate and weather conditions during the trip are out of our control. It is extremely important that you take responsibility to prepare yourself for all weather conditions during this challenge.

You do not need any experience of wild swimming or be a member of the Bluetits Chill Swimmers to take part in this adventure weekend. It is advised that you know how to tread water to be able to get the most enjoyment out of the trip.

There will be plenty of walking involved and it would be useful to prepare for this ahead of the trip so you remain comfortable.

The weather in the UK is unpredictable and changeable so you must check the local weather forecast prior to arrival and pack accordingly.

Typically, days are cool (average 12°C) and nights are chilly (down to around 7°C). The water temperature will be around 10°C.

Please note it is possible to experience extreme deviations from the normal climate pattern and very cold conditions are not impossible. Climate and weather conditions during the trip are out of our control. It is extremely important that you take responsibility to prepare yourself for all weather conditions during this challenge.

Anyone aged 18+ can take part in the adventure weekend. You must have a good level of fitness, able to self-manage (e.g. you know how to keep hydrated, nourished, warm and dry) and be in good health. You will enjoy the weekend to the fullest if you enjoy being outdoors and want to gently challenge your limits with a supportive group of people. The Bluetit values are Trust, Fun and Inclusivity, and if you share these, you will love this holiday!

Please also note that all participants must be able to swim and tread water comfortably.

This challenge is accompanied by professional Bluetits swim tour guides who will offer expert instruction in techniques and supervise throughout the trip.

You will need to wear comfortable walking boots for the plentiful walking element of the weekend and we advise you to bring waterproofs given the inclement weather we can experience here in the UK.

Normal swimwear is adequate for swimming. A tow float, swim shoes and brightly-coloured hat are essential for safety reasons. Other swimming accessories, such as wet suits, rash vests, swim shoes, gloves, goggles etc., are not essential but may make you feel more comfortable.

You will also need to bring some dry clothes to change into after your swim. Your body temperature continues to cool for 20-30 minutes after you exit the water and warming up immediately is essential. Loose-fitting clothes, such as big fleecy pyjamas and oversized jumpers, are easier to put on with numb hands and fingers. A wooly hat and big gloves or mittens are also helpful.

Please see the full suggested kit list below.

We will be staying in multi-share rooms at Glyntawe Outdoor Centre.

The Centre is nestled among the rolling hills of the Swansea Valley in the southern region of the Brecon Beacons.

All meals will be provided as specified in the itinerary below.

Breakfast and evening meals will be taken at the hostel, and packed lunches provided.

If you have any dietary requirements you must inform us in advance.

Canyons are natural gorges that have been carved out of the mountainside by a water current. Canyoning is the activity to navigate these dramatic channels through rock climbing, scrambling, swimming and cliff jumping.

This unique and exhilarating activity will provide you with spots to jump, stretches to swim, plenty of caves to explore and waterfalls to slide down.

Please note: This activity is optional and must be pre-booked at an additional cost. Equipment will be provided but please consult the full suggested kit list below.

 

Itinerary

Itinerary for Bluetits Welsh Waterfalls Weekend

Day 1 (Friday 20 September 2024):

Arrive at Glyntawe Outdoor Centre in time to meet the rest of the group and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday 21 September 2024):

We will start the day following the Elindir Trail, where there are multiple swim spots and breathtaking waterfalls. We will be walking approximately 5 miles. This afternoon there is an option to try canyoning (for an extra fee) or you are free to explore the area at your own leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 3 (Sunday 22 September 2024):

Today’s destination is Henrhyd Falls and Dinas Rock secret waterfall.  Today we will be walking approx 1.5-3 miles – while the distance may not be vast the terrain could be tricky with some particularly steep sections. This afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure to take a walk or independent wild swimming in the area.  A trip to Keeper’s Pond is an option should you wish!
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 4 (Monday 23 September 2024):

You are free to check out of the hostel at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

N.B. This itinerary may change due to weather, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but we cannot be held responsible for changes outside of our control. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest health and safety.  

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £95
and then…

Self-funded: £250

SELF-FUNDED

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to Different Travel 6 weeks prior to departure

Optional Canyoning: £TBC

  • You can spend the afternoon trying the exhilarating activity of canyoning.
  • This must be pre-booked and paid for in advance.

What's included

  • 3 nights at Glyntawe Outdoor Centre
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Qualified Bluetit Swim tour guides

What's not included

  • Transport to/from Glyntawe Outdoor Centre
  • Transport during trip
  • Personal expenses (e.g. tips, snacks or drinks bought locally etc.)
  • Optional tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal clothing and equipment (see kit list)

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