Day 48 mile 48: Bangor Mountain

img_9124Day 48 mile 48: Bangor Mountain

Gorse and grass, sky and mud, with the punctuation of rock and building in between.

It’s early on a Friday, so as I set out from by the Cathedral the only real presences (ecclesiastical thoughts aside) are the seagulls up in the sky preparing for their ante-meridiem bin raids. It’s market day and as you wind up past the bicycle shop and up the hill to where the road turns to gravel then mud and steps, the ringing of the metal frame works used to support the vending stalls starts, as they are pushed from van floors onto the pavement to get ready for trading.

It’s a hard slog up but worth it at the top, so much so that I stopped to take some pictures, as by now it had changed from daybreak gray into the start of the morning.


The descent is a hilarious mud slide of wet rock, deep mud and accumulated leaves, I’m proud to say that I didn’t fall over, but that is probably more down to luck, and a bit of free running with the handrail on the final few feet.

Winding back along the high street the stalls are now well on their way to being ready, preparing to sell everything from phone cases and football shirts to “Foot Long Hotdogs”.

It’s amazing how far you can travel in so many ways in such a short period of time 🙂

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Though it’s not a mountain in the true sense of the word (at 384 feet in height) Bangor Mountain is apparently so called because of the way it rears up behind Bangor and appears mountainous, especially from the Glan Adda, High Street and Hirael areas of the city. Along the side of the high street, the scarp is nearly vertical and clothed with trees. The slope is so severe and the mountain so close, that much of the High Street does not receive direct sunlight between November and March.

I remember coming up here as a student; for peace, for fun, for barbecues and space, looking out it is amazing how much has changed and how much has not.

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Distance: 1652.5 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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