Day 292 Mile 292: Beckoning Beacon(ing) Hill. No matter how much of a romantic ideal you have of waving a flag from a hilltop, it will never work as a selfie!!
Ellesborough is a village at the foot of the Chiltern Hills notable for being the home of Formula One world champion racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart, the country residence ot the UK Prime Ministers and most importantly, having a really big (by local standards) hill.
In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as Esenberge Old English for “hill where asses are pastured” (note at least one set of Westminster based residents!). The road through the village, follows the route of the Icknield Way, an ancient trackway used by man in the neolithic age (3000 to 1800 BC) which ran from Norfolk to Avebury in Wiltshire.
Towering over the village is the dominating Beacon Hill, with its grassy mound and lone tree, iconic amongst the Chiltern Hills when viewed from within the Aylesbury Vale. It is also the site of Cymbeline’s Mount, also known as Cymbeline’s Castle, referred to in the Shakespeare play Cymbeline. In reality, the name refers to the British King Cunobelinus who, alongside his sons, is said to have battled at this site against the Roman Invasion of the British Isles.
Today’s run went to the top of Beacon Hill before charging down the open grassland to find the motte and bailey of Cunobelinus/Cymbeline’s Castle prior to rejoining the footpath running across to the 15th-century Church.
It has some amazing views and was great to be just above a Red Kite as it hovered in the wind looking for rodents in the grass. It was close enough to see idividual tail feathers controlling its pitch and yaw as it hung in the sky.
It was lovely also to be joined by my Mum and Humphrey the dog who came out for a walk, doing a shortened version of my loop at chattering at crossover points along the way 🙂
For those who are wondering the flag is that of Buckinghamshire, the county I am in and where I grew up 🙂
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1607.6 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
View more on Strava
Thanks as ever for all the support!
Random earworm for the day, cant quite get past the melancholic feel to it though!