Day 47 Mile 47: Penrhyn Park. Penrhyn Castle and its adjoining parkland is a beautiful place. Today it is shut as an attraction as they are doing some work on the long drive that leads through the grounds, however they don’t seem to be too worried about the occasional runner or dog walker. This makes for an amazingly tranquil experience with the massive tree trucks vaulting birdsong, and the smell of conifers mingling with newly poured tarmac.
The castle was originally a medieval fortified manor house, founded by Ednyfed Fychan in around 1220 AD, however, most of it was built between 1822 and 1837 as an estate ‘mock-castle’. Whilst aesthetically it is an astounding achievement, most of the c19th funding came from the exploitation of Welsh slate and Jamaican sugar and their respective populations; it’s now run by the National Trust and is open to the public. How we mediate a history like this was something to think on whilst running and enjoying the freedom and views.
On a connected note it is 45 years ago to the day that the UK miner’s strike resulted in the lights going out. Electricity was switched off on a rota basis between 0700 and 2400 every day. It meant that people and businesses faced cuts from six to nine hours. It also clearly shows a massive social change from the times that brought the castle as we know it today into being.
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Distance: 1891.4 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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