Today I’m up in the foothills of the Snowdonia range running a triangle (mostly) off-road looping out to Cochwillan Old Hall. It’s a great route and a beautiful day albeit a bit windy but oh my gosh it’s muddy!
As I started down the final road section of the route I mused to myself that it would have been far more sensible and quicker to have run up the road and down the mud slide… but far less of a hoot!
Cochwillan Old Hall is a late c15th building and is one of the best examples of a Welsh medieval estate house. It was built around 1465 by William ap Gruffudd who supported Henry Tudor in his bid for the English throne, and fought at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Henry rewarded William for his support by naming him Sheriff of Caernarfonshire [sic] for life.
In 1620 the Hall was purchased by the 3rd Earl of Pembroke, but the Earl did not hold onto the hall and sold it on. It eventually came to John Williams, Archbishop of York, who combined it with the neighboring Penrhyn estate. The hall fell out of use over the centuries, and was used for hay storage. It was restored in 1969 and is now lived in, although apparently you can ask to go a see bits of it. I haven’t added a photo of it because its someone’s home 🙂
Righty-ho then. Back to work to get changed and cover the place in muddy footprints!
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Distance: 1634.9 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Elapsed time: 11 minutes, 26 seconds
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