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Sporting Event, Sat 7 Oct 2017

The Hurly Burly

The Hurly Burly


Join us for autumn! This new 10k swim on October 7th takes swimmers from the beach to the mountains, on the edge of Snowdonia in North Wales. We’re looking forward to weather, wide open spaces, a wild landscape and a tidal push that is into bore category. We’re also looking forward to celebrating the change of the seasons in warm water: bring on the firepits, blackberries, pumpkins, gorse and empty beaches.

Runners can join us this year: we have a run / swim option as well as a stand alone 10k run and 10k swim.

Set in a North Wales on the edge of Snowdonia, this swim is the most beautiful we have ever found. It starts on the sandy beach of Barmouth, and takes swimmers underneath Barmouth Bridge, a mile and an iconic half wide railway bridge. The first part of the swim is up the wide and sandy estuary (hopefully with the wind behind us) with mountains on either side, and then it’s through ‘the narrows’ and into a more sheltered part of the estuary. The whole swim takes place on a fast, incoming Spring tide that works like a bore to assist your swim. Past the narrows the water speeds up further, and the landscape becomes pastoral, the banks closer to you. The swim ends at Penmaenpool, where we will get changed, cross a field to a barn for some hot food to warm up on fire pits, and celebrate.

The 10K run takes place at the same time as the swim, so at some point in the course you will see swimmers in the estuary beside you. The route will take you from Barmouth Beach, over the iconic Barmouth bridge then flanks the estuary all the way to Penmaenpool. Perfect for supporters who might not be water lovers but would like to get in on the action.

6:30am Registration in Barmouth
7:00am Run-Swimmers set off from Penmaenpool
8:00am Swimmers & Runners set off from Barmouth
12:00 Return to Barmouth
Coach transfers will be available for swimmers, runners and supporters.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 7 Oct 2017 06:00 to 12:00


Ticket Prices: Hurly Burly Swim £98.00, Hurly Burly Run £24.00, Hurly Burly Run-Swim £119.00.



01341 280787


Southern Snowdonia,
LL42 1NE



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Map reference: SH 613157  Lat: 52.72140 Long: -4.05357

On the A496.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Barmouth station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups