Day 61 mile 61: Parallel Perspectives. Today’s run goes through Llanfaifechan following the twin lines of the London-Holyhead railway, tracing along the damp granite wall, past the station, out to the scarecrowed allotments and back again.
The main development of the town began in the middle of the 19th century, coinciding with the government toll road. The purpose of this road was to ensure communication with Ireland during the Napoleonic Wars, and to prevent the French army having a presence to the west. The building of The Railway in 1845 made the town more accessible, although it didn’t stop at Llanfairfechan at first, rather at Abergwyngregyn a few miles further west. Llanfairfechan became something of a commuter base and in 1860 a Mr Platt bought the land of the another estate to the west of the village and demanded the building of the railway station for Llanfairfechan on his land so that he could travel to London conveniently.
It makes for an oddly interestingly linear jaunt as in a landscape so dominated by hills, rocks and woodland. It it quite a novelty to see much leading away horizontally other than the horizon between sea and sky, which is obviously quite impractical to run along!
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Distance: 1696.8 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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