The Forge | Wild Swim Retreat

The Forge Corwen

Wild Swim Retreat

Event Date: 12/07/24 - 14/07/24

Perfect for both complete beginners and more experienced wild swimmers, this two-night experience will introduce you to some of the most stunning open-water swimming spots in North Wales...

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  • 17th - 19th May 2024 (Fully booked)
  • 12th - 14th July 2024 (Fully booked)
  • 13th - 15th September 2024 (8 places left)

Our Wild Swim Retreat is the ultimate mix of personal challenge, outdoor exhilaration and deep relaxation. You'll get to experience the thrill of cold water swimming in arguably the most picturesque lakes and rivers in the world with our team of experts, and then enjoy the afterglow and deep sense of calm that follows from the luxury of our secluded glamping site, ideally with a good book in a hammock!

You'll sleep under the stars in one of our roomy bell tents, with real beds, cosy duvets and lots of blankets, plus hot showers to warm you up after your swims. We'll cook you lots of wholesome, tasty meals and there will be plenty of opportunity to pick the brains of our expert swimming guides, who will spend the whole few days with us and share their words of wisdom around the campfire.

No experience of wild swimming is necessary as we will teach you all the basics. You don't even need any specialist equipment - just a swimming costume and a towel, but if you prefer to use a wetsuit you are welcome to bring these along too!

Places are limited to 10 people and this retreat is suitable for over 18s only.

Price: £450 per person, including all meals, accommodation, tuition and equipment. There is a £150 single supplement if you'd prefer a tent to yourself. Just let us know when you book.

To book your place please click here.

We also have a waiting list for all our retreats so if you'd like to be added please contact us and we can get in touch if we get any cancellations.


Day One

  • 4pm - Arrive and get settled into your bell tents
  • 5pm - Welcome tea and homemade cake for the intro and swim briefing
  • 6pm - Evening swim in a local river
  • 8pm - Dinner around the campfire

Day Two

  • 8am - Breakfast and coffee
  • 10am - Head to local lake location for our morning swim
  • 1pm - Picnic and debrief by the lake
  • 3pm - Longer distance swim (optional)
  • 7pm - Dinner and wild swimming expert chat
  • 8pm - Local storyteller around the campfire

Day Three

  • 8am - Early morning swim
  • 10am - Hot breakfast and coffee
  • 12 noon - Say our goodbyes and depart
Wow.....just back from a weekend of wild swimming at The Forge. Absolutely brilliant from start to finish and everything in-between. The communication from Sheena before we arrived was fantastic, even down to noting on my questionnaire that I had no food allergies but did love Victoria was remembered and said cake was provided by Emma who also made lots of other goodies. Attention to detail like that is really appreciated. I came as part of a group of 5 women for an organised weekend. There were 5 other women too and we swam and ate together. The site is beautiful, both in it's location, view etc but also in the way it's set out and cared clean too. Our bell tent was lovely, just the two of us in it so plenty of room for our extensive swim kit. The log burner was lovely and made the tent toasty warm. The individual tent deck and kitchen area were great, plenty of space to dry kit and also to sit and have an early morning cuppa at the picnic table or relaxing in the hammock. The private composting toilet was great and again, super clean. There is a communal cabin where we had our meals, also with a log burner, so super toasty. We had a catered package and Emma's meals were fabulous, I really enjoyed them.....some of us have jacket potato envy as we can't make them that good ourselves. We had a Welsh folklore storyteller come and share stories around the campfire, what a unique and enjoyable experience. Thanks Fiona. The organised swims were brilliant and catered for all different abilities. The waterfall on the last morning was amazing. The Forge do all sorts of organised packages or you can just go and stay there on your own or book the whole site and go as a group. This really was a fantastically chilled weekend. Sheena and Emma were fantastic hosts, couldn't have asked for better. Before we'd even left we were talking about dates for returning. THANK YOU 😊
May 2022
On Friday afternoon you had 10 people arrive with a mixture of emotions, intentions, knowledge, energy, experience and a whole variety of reasons for visiting The Forge. We all took away something different which is a skill very few people have and for that I want to commend and praise you both.

For me I didn't have to think or plan or arrange anything for the whole weekend. [...] I didn't need to problem solve, risk assess or figure anything out. You both thought for me all weekend. How often do we get a chance in life to put our trust in another human being to do what is right and good and fun and challenging and know that at the end of the day I will feel like that other person has fed, not just my tummy but also nurtured my soul.

You offer an experience that, in my view is perfect in every way. The accommodation was cozy and comfortable and much larger than I was expecting and the kitchen facilities extensive. The food was nourishing, tasty and healthy.I loved your new platform and that I could practise my yoga in the morning to the sun. But most of all the location and setting are breath-taking and why I chose to live in Wales. You have a spot in paradise there.

The swim locations were beyond my expectations. Thank you both for your research. You chose very very well. And left the best to last. You gave me new experiences for which I thank you both.

The storytelling was another unique experience. I often fall asleep listening to a podcast about the news or about health. How wonderful to be sitting on top of a hill, around a fire, with lovely people, eating a home made ice cream sandwich and listening to stories about legends and folklore. Who knew I still loved a bedtime story?

On Sunday lunchtime 10 people left. We all took away something different. For me it has given me more confidence to try out new locations. And to believe in myself that I can do this outdoor swimming. I know people quote so many reasons and benefits for outdoor swimming. For me it makes me smile inside and out. And this weekend I did a lot of smiling.

I can not thank you both enough for a perfect weekend from start to finish.
Jo, May 2023

Cancellation Policy

If you are no longer able to make the retreat we will in the first instance give you the option to move your place to another date. If that is not an option then we will work with you to try to fill your place so we can give you a full refund. However if we are unable to fill your spot then the following cancellation policy will apply:

12 weeks’ notice or more – you only lose the 25% deposit

6 - 12 weeks’ notice – lose 25% deposit plus a further 25% of the total cost of your booking (50% of total cost of booking)

4 - 6 weeks’ notice – lose 75% of total cost of booking

Less than 4 weeks’ notice – lose 100% of total cost of booking

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Book with us today to discover a unique glamping experience in a beautiful, undiscovered part of North Wales. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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