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The Swim To The Edge Series – Solva Swim

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Take part in one of the most scenic open water swims in the UK. Great for all levels of open water swimmers, the course begins in the shelter of the harbour before heading out to the infamous Green Scar. Come for the stunning views of the Pembrokeshire coastline or for the bespoke finisher's medal.

Review summary

12 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Rhod E
"Not a swim for pool swimmers with no experience of open water sea swimming..."


tom S
"The roughest sea swim I have ever done. Nearly gave in to the Black route but..."


Grace B
"This was a great event- great atmosphere and as a newbie to swimming events..."
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How to enter the The Swim To The Edge Series – Solva Swim

  1. The Green Monster

    Swim 2.4mi
    Event passed
  2. The Black Run

    Swim 1mi
    Event passed

The Swim To The Edge Series – Solva Swim routes

The Green Monster 2.5 Miles

  • The course begins at the beach at the harbour entrance shortly before low tide.
  • Swimmers will then head to St Brides Bay before bearing left to Gaseg Rocks
  • Swimmers will then swim to the infamous Green Scar and then around the back of this Island.
  • Having successfully rounded the island they will head back to the Harbour mouth for a beach finish.
  • Please note swimmers but be 18yrs old on the day of the event

The Black Run.

  • Swimmers will begin on the beach and head out to St. Brides Bay passing the Rock on the right hand side.
  • 0.5 miles away from the beach, swimmers will round a bouy and head back to the beach to the left hand side of the rock.
  • Passing the rock on either side can be a challenge so be prepared to tackle the swell.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Event t-shirt & hat
  • Unique medal
  • Prizes for M/F overall 1st, 2nd & 3rd as well as first M/F over 50.
  • Prize for 1st M/F non wetsuit wearing swimmer
Raceday Logistics

Specifics of the day will be sent to those registered nearer the time.

However, please note that this is a tough event and requires a good level of swim fitness and confidence in open water.

Kit List
  • Wetsuits are compulsory
  • If you are signing up for the Non-Wetsuit category, you must be a proven skin swimmer, have completed a similar distance open water swim in the UK or similar climate waters within the past 12 months or be a recorded Channel swimmer / Ice swimmer.

Please be aware that this is a difficult swim


There is no fee for spectators at this event.

Due to the out and back style of the swim, spectators should get a good view of those competing.


If you are keen to volunteer please submit you interest to the race organiser directly.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44 7855 954702

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age cut-offs for the Solva Swim?
The minimum age for the Green Monster is 18 years, and 16 years for the Black Run.
Can I participate in the Solva Swim if it my first open water swim?
This swim is recommended for those with experience in open water swimming who are confident in their ability to tackle swell and currents.
What will the water temperature for the Solva Swim?
The water temperature is expected to be slightly cooler than previous years. The average in previous years for the similar time period (beginning of June) has been 15 degrees. Competitors will be updated about the water in the weeks leading up to the event. Training allowing for acclimatisation to the conditions is suggested.

The Swim To The Edge Series – Solva Swim weather forecast

Possible light rain in the evening.

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The Swim To The Edge Series – Solva Swim reviews (12)

4.6 out of 5 stars

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    Cassie J

    Did the The Green Monster in 2019

    I had a great time at the Solva Swim Green Monster 2019! It was very choppy for my first ever sea swim, a miracle I completed it and wasn't last! Amazing support was given from Richard in the sea kayak crew. Thank you! He was fantastic. I would recommend non-professional swimmers to get plenty of sea experience before taking on this course, pool and open water experience didn't help on this occasion. Scenic swim, very challenging and choppy but an overall amazing experience, highly recommend!!
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    Grace B

    Did the The Green Monster in 2019

    This was a great event- great atmosphere and as a newbie to swimming events felt well supported throughout the swim- lots of lifeguards on kayaks making sure everyone was ok . Really enjoyed, AND didn’t come last 😂
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    Wayne M

    Did the The Green Monster in 2019

    Great event - well marshalled. Bit choppy but around in one piece . Really enjoyed the day. Recommend it .
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    Wayne M

    Did the The Green Monster in 2019

    Tough course with the swell but got around in one piece which was the objective for me.
    Great atmosphere and well marshalled.
  • Did the The Green Monster in 2019

    Not a swim for pool swimmers with no experience of open water sea swimming ..follow the instructions and sight regularly (not easy in chop )and a great swim will he had .Chip timer malfunction for me but:..medal a coaster...good T shirt and time on my watch and memories of a great day in beautiful Solva,west Wales. Cant fault .Diolch
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    Did the The Green Monster in 2019

    Not a swim for inexperienced pool swimmers .You need to follow the instructions and do your homework as re route and sight properly.Not always easy in chop.Great event ...friendly and lovely atmosphere and stunning location.Be back next year with more friends My timing chip malfunctioned but who cares ..great swim !
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    Tom S

    Did the The Green Monster in 2019

    The roughest sea swim I have ever done. Nearly gave in to the Black route but glad I didn't need to. Great guidance from the sea crew (thank you) Brilliant event - especially for an 'average' swimmer
  • C


    Did the The Green Monster in 2019

    Great route, challenging, some good swell, but doable, loved it. Not straightforward navigation but made it! Highly recommend
  • Did the The Black Run in 2019

    Difficult conditions, went down to black but results, show this. Proud of my swimmers from Cardiff they were brilliant 🏊
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    Zoe J Biwcitt

    Did the The Black Run in 2019

    I was well and truly last as a yellow cap and for the whole swim. It was my first time and a baptism by fire. The sea was rough and unforgiving but I had two guardian angels taking me up to the first yellow boy around and talking me back to the finish. I was determined to do it and they got me there. So thankyou so much to Sarah and Dave. You were bloody brilliant. Keep doing what you are doing. Love you both Zoe xxx
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