south wales open water swimming

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03/04/2013 at 13:54

to give an idea of how cold open waters still is, Marshman have postponed their event from the weekend of 4/5 May to 25/26 May (3 weeks) as the gravel pit water is still only 4C!  it's usually around 10-14C in April......

Somehow I can't see the Taff being a lot warmer due to snow run-off from the Beacons

and fyi - the sea off GWR is just under 6C - it's usually around 10-12C now.

Edited: 03/04/2013 at 13:55
seren nos    pirate
03/04/2013 at 15:37

David F...........the taff is suprisingly can see your feet even when its 5 ft deep......

I swam moist weeks last year even through the winter and didn't get ill once........this winter I have been swimming in the local pool and have had a stomach bug and a headcold.........

no proof of linkage but i would swim in the river before the pool sunshine like this it will be magical....

But i think i might wait until Broke confirms that the snow has melted from the beacons.....

03/04/2013 at 15:55

Seren, I'm hoping to be at my parents over the bank holiday weekend at the start of May so if there's any swimming planned in the Taff that weekend then I'd be up for joining in.

seren nos    pirate
03/04/2013 at 15:56

shame its that wekend as i will be up north somewhere for silent assassians DIY half ironman.going friday to monday

03/04/2013 at 15:59

Lots of Finnish people go regularly to 'swim' (some do actually do quite a bit of swimming, I think I managed about 6metres at a time x4) in ice cold lakes in the winter. It's supposed to be good for you. They do usually have a sauna by the lake as well which helps.

Edited: 03/04/2013 at 16:00
seren nos    pirate
03/04/2013 at 16:02

when i swam last winter......i found it was too cold when i got out to strip out of my wetsuit in the open air......

so i drove home each time in my wetsuit and stripped off in my bathroom straight into the bath.


I used to think I would struggle to explain the rubber if i got stopped on the drive home by the police

03/04/2013 at 18:19

Seren I was thinking about maybe going to chepstow quarry one weekend soon. They have showers and a cafe

Edited: 03/04/2013 at 18:19
seren nos    pirate
03/04/2013 at 20:05

and no snow.......if they are open and you are going///.let me know and I will give it a try

04/12/2013 at 13:53


I know this thread is old. I don't live far from Radyr weir where you are talking about, so may jump in next year when it warms up.

Anyone know if you can swim in the river by Llandaff rowing club up stream along Hailey Park? It looks like you could probably swim about 1km up stream so could get a good bit of outdoor swiming practice in...

seren nos    pirate
04/12/2013 at 15:41

not sure that you can go in by the llandaff rowing club as its there stretch and you would have to be very careful of the weir......

MTri    pirate
04/12/2013 at 16:37
Yep, I'd stay clear of the rowing club too, it would only antagonise them. Best place is where Serena swim, next weir up.
05/12/2013 at 12:34

Ok thanks for the advice, I'll prob just go up by Radyr weir when it warms up.

Does the rowing club have right on that stretch of river. I wouldn't antagonise them , I'd be staying well away.




seren nos    pirate
05/12/2013 at 16:08

if you want to swim with someone just let me know.i'm always up for a paddle in the Taff

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