Day 81 mile 81: Docks & Rocks

img_9788Day 81 mile 81: Docks & Rocks. There is a really nice flow of scenery today, running up from the city, around the docks and into the woods. It almost feels like a journey through time as well! Three discrete worlds with almost no overlap either physically or chronologically. A great way to reset the soul 🙂

Porth (Dock) Penrhyn is located at the confluence of the River Cegin with the Menai Strait. It was formerly of great importance as the main port for the export of slate from the Penrhyn Quarry, the largest slate quarry in the world at the end of the nineteenth century. It was built, and later expanded, by the Pennant (later Douglas-Pennant) family of the nearby Penrhyn Castle.

Penrhyn “Bangor Blue” Roofing Slates have been going all over the world by boat for the last 600 years. In the days pre-dating manufactured roofing materials, Bangor Slates were the traditional roof covering in Ireland. The fact that many of these roofs are still intact and functioning, hundreds of years after they have originally been slated, is testament to the rock’s quality and durability. In Australia the slates were used as ballast on the first settler’s boats going to Sydney and a large percentage of the remaining historical buildings around Sydney harbour are still roofed with those pieces of stone.

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These days the port supports both commercial and recreational sea-faring, although the days of the slate shipping are over for the moment. There is also a working boatyard and people fish for bass, whiting, codling, flounder, dogfish, and plaice off the sides of the jetties and every so often get a fright with the odd weaver fish.

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There is a wonderful slightly timeless quality about the place, not so much in that there are still stone buildings and wooden hulled ships to be seen, although that obviously helps; rather the history of working stone and going to sea for one’s livelihood lends it more of a timeline that you feel you could mark off in millennia, although this is clearly slightly whimsical!

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It would have been really nice if I hadn’t tried to find a nice scenic cut-through which landed me on the wrong side of the River Cegin; and the skies hadn’t opened, and dumped, what felt like most of the Irish Sea on my head half way around though!

Thanks for all the support as ever 🙂

Ed

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 5237.5 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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