Swimming and Hiking Tours
If you want to get closer to nature and learn more about the local marine life of the Welsh coast and get fit at the same time the what better way than to swim and hike? You can't be much more immersed in nature than walking and swimming around the stunning coastline of Pembrokeshire!
If this sounds interesting then why not join one of our swim walking tours?
What is 'SwimHiking'?
'SwimHiking' or 'swim walking' is literally:
Hike for a bit, then swim, get out and hike some more, swim... repeat... until you get to where you're going!
You carry your kit with you, on land and in water.
Usually we start at point A and go along the coast to point B, however it is possible to do circular routes so we start and finish at the same location.
Distances depend on how far you want to go and range from just a few km combined walking and swimming, to full day trips of 20+km.
Options include walking and swimming from point A to point B along the coast. Or we can do circular routes to start and end at the same location.
Distances depend on your requirements: timeframe, physical fitness, terrain, what you'd like to see. SwimHike routes can range from a couple of hours duration of about 5km, to full day trips of 20+km.
After a brief chat to find out what sort of stuff you will see, and after an assessment of your swimming level, we will suggest some sites and take you out on a nature trail with a difference!
Not only will you be able to see the stunning coastline from a unique perspective, you will get fit doing it and will get to see the wildlife that lives there up close and personal!
What Kit Will I Need?
- Swimming costume
- Triathlon swimming style wetsuit or swimrun suit.
- Lightweight running style shorts to go over wetsuit (this will mean you can leave it on and the legs will not rub).
- Trainers that are comfy for walking, they should have a good grip and be as light as possible.
- Socks, calf length or ankle length are fine.
- Specialised swim tow, such as a RuckRaft, to carry your gear in the water and keep it dry.
- High calorie treats: gels, chocolate etc.
- Water bottle and water.
Light refreshments are optional. On the longer routes we will stop for a brew up, but we recommend you bring some light snacks.
Check out our equipment page for ideas on drybag/swim tow combinations.
We also do reviews of various bits of kit our blog: kit reviews.
What are the SwimHiking Routes?
The walking routes vary depending on time, tide, swimming ability and weather. And also on the 'extremity' of the swim you want to do! Needless to say the routes are all spectacular and scenic routes and take in the full splendor of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
How Do I Carry my Gear?
We use special kit to carry gear overland then across sections of open sea, the excellent 'Ruckraft'.
We can assist with carrying some of your gear but the key is to travel light!
It is also possible to use rubberised drybags.
Tip: Travel light, swim in your trainers and all you really need to stow are snacks and some dry clothes.
What Kind of Wildlife Might I See?
Expect to see anything from starfish to small sharks known as dogfish. You may get to see a seal when they're around (normally late August to October), you may even see a dolphin. Spider crabs are abundant in May/June. And there are always the obligatory barrel jellyfish, once you get used to them they are actually amazing creatures. You will also get to see a lot of sea birds as you will be walking and swimming the whole way. For example, gulls, cormorants, gannets, razorbills. It's not uncommon to see adders on the coast path in the summer. Obviously we cannot guarantee that animals will be in a certain place at a certain time but we will stop and point out wildlife when we see it.
Tours Tailored for You
Of course, we have a pretty good idea of the best places to see certain wildlife and coastal scenery but if you have a specific preference in mind then we will tailor our tours to your needs and swimming ability.