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The hottest June in 176 years has prompted us all to search for cool water and shade. And whilst the temperatures are retreating into the twenties there’s still every reason to fill the summer with shady picnics and outdoor swims!
For those with the bug, boutique hotel Tudor Farmhouse in the Forest of Dean has put together a handy trail of the best local ‘wild swimming’ spots for guests as part of their new Wild Swimming Breaks for summer 2017. There is even a local expert on hand for those lacking confidence and needing some one-to-one fresh water swimming tuition.
The hotel is ideally located to take advantage of many of the finest wild swimming spots in England and Wales, including a riverside beach in Hay-on-Wye, a canoe launch spot at Kearne Bridge (close to Ross-on-Wye) with an easy entry point for a swim and a cluster of pretty meadows with a gentle river flowing through the centre at Lugg Meadows in Hereford. Located at the crossroads between Monmouthshire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, the hotel is located close to some of the most idyllic stretches of fresh water for peaceful picnics, paddling and longer swims.
The new trail, which can be downloaded from the website, has been put together with plenty of help from the experts of www.wildswimming.co.uk and features a total of 12 spots, eight within just half an hour’s drive of the hotel. There’s a map, post codes for Sat Navs and descriptions about swimming potential, or whether it is better just for paddling on a lazy afternoon.
Grab a Tudor Farmhouse picnic and take your pick- from the nearby sandy bays of Symonds Yat for an active day of swimming, kayaking or hiking, or the grassy banks of Lugg Meadows in Hereford to swim the whole 2KM length of the meadow from the A4103 to the A438; ideal for those after more of a challenge! Each package includes a picnic, made with local produce, all sourced from within 20 miles of Tudor Farmhouse; from Wye Valley Smoked Salmon to Single Gloucester Cheese.
The Tudor Farmhouse Wild Swimming Trail also includes tips from author and founder of the best-selling ‘Wild Swimming’ book Daniel Start, from swans to currents and the best footwear. Visit the hotel blog for more.
Three Wild Swimming packages are on offer- available for both couples and families:
Couples– 2x night Wild Swimming package with breakfast, pre-dinner glass of Prosecco, 1x dinner, 1x picnic hamper for two and the handy wild swimming guide is priced from £510
Couples Luxury– 2x night Luxury Wild Swimming package with breakfast, 1x pre-dinner glass of Prosecco, 1x dinner, 1x picnic hamper for two, the handy wild swimming guide, and a bottle of Champagne on arrival in room (or to take on a picnic) is priced from £555.
Families– 2x night Wild Swimming package based on a family of 4 (two adults and two children aged between 6-12) sharing a family room with breakfast, 1x family picnic hamper and the wild swimming guide is priced from £525. Families can book dinner at an additional cost. The hotel offers a children’s high tea between 5:00-5:30, or they can all dine together.
Private wild swimming lessons can be arranged by local expert tutor, Angela Jones from Run Wild at an additional cost of £35 per hour (based on a one-to-one session) or guests can join group sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Symonds Yat. Visit www.run-wild.co.uk for more information.
To book, or for more information, please visit www.tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk or call 01594 833046
With thanks to Fiona Reece PR