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Bog snorkelling championships in Wales

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Often recognized as one of the quirkiest British events, the World Bog Snorkeling Championship is a testament to the eccentricity and humor that characterize the United Kingdom. Imagine donning your snorkeling gear, a pair of flippers, and a goofy costume to navigate through a murky, muddy ditch. Yes, this is what the championship is all about.

The competition takes place near the charming town of Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales. The rules are pretty simple, yet they leave no room for traditional swimming styles. Participants are required to wear a wet suit and complete a 55-meter (180 ft) long course as quickly as possible. They snorkel and trudge their way through the swamp, amidst the cheers and laughter of the crowd.

A small advantage for the participants: the event takes place on the August Bank Holiday (1st Monday of August), so the water is slightly warmer than the rest of the year.

Llanwrtyd Wells is the smallest town in Britain. Beyond the bog snorkeling championship, the town is a charming place with a lot to offer. From cute little shops and cozy restaurants to outdoor activities such as walking trails, horseback riding and mountain biking. You can also take in the stunning views of the rolling hills and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

If you're planning to visit for the championship, why not stay and explore the area? We recommend Cerdyn Villa. Situated right in the heart of Llanwrtyd Wells, it's known for its warm hospitality, comfortable rooms, and a hearty Welsh breakfast.

All in all, the World Bog Snorkeling Championship in Llanwrtyd Wells is more than just a quirky event. It's a testament to the spirit of fun and camaraderie that is deeply ingrained in the British psyche. And with the enchanting surroundings and friendly locals, a trip here promises to be a unique and memorable experience.

This article was last updated on August 03, 2023.