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The Tafol Tumble 8k

Dovey Yacht Club, Aberdovey, Gwynedd

Organiser's Description

Starting from the Aberdovey beach, swim 4k around the Jetty, on past the picturesque village and Penhelig corner, carry on past the Roman Road, Picnic Island, The Outward Bound Trust, the small castle (Trefri), and on all the way to a pebbly beach where the River Tafol joins the River Dovey at the settlement of Abertafol. This is the half-way mark.

At Abertafol you will 'tumble-turn' and swim back to Aberdovey - your tumble roughly coincides with the turning of the tide.

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Full safety cover

Special commemorative gifts for all swimmers

Top 3 prizes in both Wetsuit & Skins categories

Event photos



Post-swim tea & cake in Dovey Yacht Club

Dovey Yacht Club, The Wharf, Glandovey Terrace, Aberdovey, Gwynedd, Wales LL35 0EB

By road: Aberdovey is situated on the coast at the South end of Snowdonia National Park, between Barmouth and Aberystwyth. It is about 2 hours drive from Chester and 90 mins from Shrewsbury. LL35 0ED for your sat nav, if that's how you roll.

The Dovey Yacht Club is on the North side of the River Dovey estuary, about 20 miles from Machynlleth.Take the A487 out of Machynlleth, then at the roundabout turn onto the A493.

By rail: Aberdovey railway station, about 0.5 miles away, is on the picturesque Cambrian Coast line, with passenger services calling at all stations between Machynlleth and Pwllheli, including Tywyn, Barmouth, Harlech and Porthmadog. Passengers can connect at Machynlleth for trains to Aberystwyth or Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street.

Aberdovey is also serviced by a request stop at Penhelig.

Expect the middle third of this swim to be the most challenging as it is likely that you will be swimming against a little tide during this time. Oh and the last 100m is good fun, swimming across a significant tide into the salvation of Aberdovey beach!

The Tafol Tumble is 8k of challenging, engaging and adventurous swimming. The first and last third will be tide-assisted, the middle third will be close to neutral, with the potential for some swimming against a little tide for a short period of time.

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Registration & Race HQ in Dovey Yacht Club

  • Registration: 08:00 - 09:00
  • Briefing: 09:10
  • Approximate swim start: 09:30


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