Day 51 mile 51: Black River 8. The Afon Ddu (Black River in English) flows down through Llanfairfechan from the pass of Bwlch-y-Ddeufaen (Pass of the Two Stones) to the sea. Using the bridges it is possible to create and amazing 1 mile figure of 8 loop around it through the village taking in elements of the hillside and the settlement in equal measure.
The Afon Ddu is steeped in history but a lot of it is hidden. It originally powered the church organ, working the bellows to make the instrument speak. It wasn’t until 1936 that an electric blower was installed to ensure full volume at all times, even in hot summers, when the water level was low. At the other end of the river there is another, far older story to be found. Two giants, husband and wife, were on their way to Anglesey, where they intended to build themselves a house. The husband was carrying two large boulders, which he intended to use as door-posts, and the wife had filled her apron with smaller stones. When they reached Bwlch-y-Ddeufaen they met a cobbler, coming in the opposite direction, and so they asked him how far they still had to travel to reach the island. With a mischievous look in his eye he showed them the numerous pairs of worn-out shoes he was carrying and told them he had worn all of these out walking from there. The giantess and her husband were so horrified at this news that they threw down the stones they were carrying, in this way creating the standing stones that are there to this day.
It’s an amazing route and great to have the opportunity to charge around it after work!
Thank you as ever for all the support, yesterday being day 50 was particularly overwhelming and the level of goodwill and kindness is astounding.
Once again I have been earwormed by silly but none the less thematically linked music for today’s run!
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Distance: 1746.7 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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