29th Sep 2023 - 2nd Oct 2023
4 days/United Kingdom /Moderate
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.
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.
Our qualified Bluetit swimming guides are very used to dipping with people new to cold water swimming, and will explain what to expect at every step. We encourage you to take part in ‘The Bluetit Chorus’, which involves plenty of singing, shouting and the odd swear word to help your breath to acclimatise to the cold. Only you know your body, and we advise that you take things easy and allow your body and mind to acclimatise to the cold gradually.
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.
We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.
The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.
If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP.
In the event that your medical issues at the time of booking represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your booking will not be confirmed and the deposit will be refunded.
We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.
Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.
Walking shoes, boots or trainers with a good grip
Swimwear (at least 3 costumes recommended)
Brightly coloured swim or bobble bat
Underwear and socks
Non-cotton t-shirts / shirts
Non-cotton shorts / trousers
Non-cotton fleece / sweater / warm layer
Non-cotton base layer top and bottoms / thermals (for cold days or to sleep in)
Sunhat with brim, warm hat and sunglasses
Footwear to keep dry for evenings
Walking poles (optional)
Fast-dry travel towel
Toiletries (toothbrush*, toothpaste*, shower gel*, shampoo*, deodorant* etc.)
Mobile phone – fully charged
Wallet with cash and credit/debit card(s)
Waterproof sunscreen (high SPF)
Small, basic first aid kit (pain killers, blister plasters, plasters, personal medication).
Consider antihistamine medicine for midge bites.
Mosquito/midge repellent (50% DEET repellent and/or Avon Skin So Soft Dry Oil Spray)
Feminine hygiene products*
Small pack of baby wipes (optional)
Water bottles to hold at least 2 litres of water
Thermos flask / mug plus hot refreshment items e.g. tea, coffee, hot chocolate (optional)
Silicone hats/Bobble hats
Please note: This list is just a guideline and is not exhaustive. The items on this list do not take into account your personal preferences based on your previous trekking experience, or individual requirements. For information about items on this list please refer to the trip dossier or contact The Different Travel Company on firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options.
Arrive at Glyntawe Outdoor Centre in time to meet the rest of the group and enjoy a welcome dinner.
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
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
You are free to check out of the hostel at your leisure.
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.
Registration fee: £95
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