Castle to Castle Challenge | New Forest

New Forest District, UK

TW
13 reviews
Jun 6 - 8, 2025
Group size: 1 - 99
Castle to Castle Challenge | New Forest
New Forest District, UK

13 reviews

Jun 6 - 8, 2025
Group size: 1 - 99

About this trip

Castle to Castle Challenge | New Forest National Park

5 - 7 June 2025


'The three day swim from Castle to Castle, County to County'


An epic 3 day challenge to swim from Highcliffe Castle in Dorset to Hurst Castle in Hampshire, tidal assisted. Choose your accommodation;


Hurst View: Bring your own camper or tent.


Seascape Lodge: Beautiful private house with large garden  (Daily breakfast hamper provided).



The full distance not your thing? We can plan you an optional shorter route each day (approximately 1km or 2km).


What is the full distance? Approximately 11km, expect to swim 3 -4km per day.


You must be available to swim at any point in each of the three in order to swim with a supportive tide and wind. 


Suitable for anyone who can swim 1km confidently.


 

Who are the swim guides? - Mel

Mel is TWSCo's full time swim guide, Mel is a qualified Beach Lifeguard, Open Water Swim Coach and has achieved the National Water Safety Management Programme 

Mel is currently studying towards her Diploma in Cold Water Therapy, as well being a nutritionist, personal trainer and operating a successful Swim School 

Favourite swim- Bossiney Cove, Cornwall

Favourite retreat - Spring in Cornwall 

Favourite cake - Lemon drizzle 


Who are the swim guides? - Becky

Becky began work with TWSCo. as a hospitality assistant before completing her Beach Lifeguard and Open Water Lifeguard qualification in 2023.

Favourite swim- Old Harry Rocks, Dorset

Favourite retreat - Studland, Dorset

Favourite cake - Millionaire's shortbread


Who are the swim guides? - Rich

Rich is a Beach Lifeguard, Open Water Lifeguard and Open Water Swim Coach and has achieved the National Water Safety Management Programme. Amongst this, Rich also delivers the whole suite of lifeguard and water safety awards for The Royal Lifesaving Society as a National Trainer Assessor.

Rich is also RNLI lifeboat crew and operations manager of Land & Wave, a busy outdoor centre in Dorset.

Favourite swim- Any of Snowdonia's waterfalls

Favourite retreat - The North Wales Swim Retreat

Favourite cake - Carrot Cake

What’s included

  • Breakfast
    Seascape Lodge stays include a breakfast hamper
  • Accommodation
    Choose your preferred accommodation
  • All swims & activities
    All swims included, plus any additional activities on the itinerary such as pool sessions and walks.
  • Cake, cake and more cake
    Cake is vital, homemade cake after every swim, of course
  • Beach Lifeguards
    We employ beach lifeguards and swim coaches. Can we improve your stroke?

Available Packages

Camping option | Bring your own

Bring your own tent or camper to Hurst View, with access to the site's facilities. Price per person. 2 Nights only | Add non- swimming camp mates in 'add ons' at bottom of page

£299
Deposit: £50
Luxury Private House | Double Room
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Stay in a well furnished double bedroom at spectacular Seascape Lodge, with it's large dining room, kitchen and spacious garden, you can simply relax in style (see gallery). 


Receive your breakfast hamper each morning to prepare you for the day.


2 persons | 2 nights only @ £400 per person

£400
Deposit: £50
Luxury Private House | 2 x Double Beds
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 Stay in a well furnished bedroom at Seascape Lodge, this room has 2 x double beds, with it's large dining room, kitchen and spacious garden, you can simply relax in style (see gallery). 

Receive your breakfast hamper each morning to prepare you for the day.

4 persons | 2 nights only  @ £350 per person

£350
Deposit: £50

Available options

Camping option | Bring your own | +Adult
£28

If you're camping at Hurst View in your own tent/ camper, add a non swimming ADULT camp mate here

Camping option | Bring your own | +Child
£12

 If you're camping at Hurst View in your own tent/ camper, add a non swimming CHILD camp mate here 



Itinerary

Day 1
Hurst Castle to Milford on Sea

Depending on wind/ tide direction

On Day 1 afternoon (time TBC) we'll set off on foot from Milford Haven to Hurst Castle, before entering the water and swimming along the glorious New Forest coastline to Milford on Sea with our lifeguard team. We'll park vehicles in a manner to allow a return to the start.


This lovely swim will finish with some homemade cake on the beach. 


Dinner plans? Self cater or we'll help you book the best restaurants in the area. 

Your Organizer


TW
The Wild Swimming Co. Ltd
13 reviews
Incredible swimming holidays and events at iconic locations around the UK. ​ Fabulous food, wonderful wines and accommodation come as standard alongside inclusive, breath taking swims and kind humans on our holidays. Our unique holidays focus on bringing new people to the best secret and most iconic swim spots from Cornwall, Devon & Dorset to North Wales and the Lake District, in exclusive, simple yet stunning accommodation with every detail taken care of. ✔ STA Open Water Swim Coaches ✔ Iconic Locations ✔ Lifeguard Led

Reviews

Another amazing experience with The Wild Swimming Co team. Keeping us safe with lifeguard support, encouragement and homemade cake. Well organised with good local knowledge. We couldn't have asked for calmer seas and a more stunning sunrise. Thank you for a fantastic event, highly recommended. I'll be back.
By Deborah B for Summer Solstice Swim | Old Harry & Powerboat on Jun 30, 2024
What a fantastic swim and adventure. We were so lucky with the weather but even so the organisation was great and we were well looked after by everyone. I am seriously looking at booking a weekend trip with them as a result!
By Clare S for Summer Solstice Swim | Old Harry & Powerboat on Jun 29, 2024
Epic swim with Rich and Donald. Standing on the rocks at Old Harry having swum up from the beach with the sun setting and the moon rising was breathtaking. The swim group were encouraged to work together to have their best swim getting to the rocks and amazing local knowledge of the rocks meant we could all play in the tunnels and arches. And. There. Was. Cake! Power boat ride back to the beach was the icing on the cake! Thank you.
By Nina C for Summer Solstice Swim | Old Harry & Powerboat on Jun 23, 2024
The whole experience was amazing from start to finish. The safety aspects Rich & Donald went through to keep us all safe & sound was so reassuring. We started off with a run done of how the evening was going to run, to covering off all the disclaimers & then checking we could all swim to the required level for the adventure. Then, off we set. No one was left behind or unsupported. The arrival to Old Harry's Rock was fun scooting over the rocks, then some tasty freshly baked cake. We then hopped back in the water to swim through the caves & touched Old Harry himself. History in the making, right there. Whilst swimming through the caves, we got to see the sun sink gradually on the horizon. We were then treated to the most exhilarating rip boat ride back to shore. Whilst riding the rip, I took one glance back at Old Harry to see the most incredible moon over the top of the cliffs. MAGICAL! Oh & a couple of doughnuts in the sea before reaching dry land. The sunset was out of this world, the sun set gradually & the colour of the sky turned from yellow through to orange, from orange through to purple. The Boys couldn't have made it any better. Thank you, a truly magical unforgettable experience 🤗
By Kimberley C for Summer Solstice Swim | Old Harry & Powerboat on Jun 22, 2024
Another absolutely wonderful weekend with The Wild Swim Co. Mel and Rich create a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment for all types of swimmers. The weekend was fantastic-filled with new challenges, new friends and lots of cake! Can’t wait for my next retreat.
By Rachel B for Castle to Castle Challenge | New Forest on Jun 17, 2024
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