Day 123 Mile 123: Iter XI. Today finds me on the North Wales coast running along the Iter XI, the road which the Romans built to connect their garrisons at Segontium (close to modern Caernarfon) and Deva (Chester). This was documented in the Antonine Itinerary, produced in the late 2nd century which describes the 74 mile long route. These days it is simply known locally as ‘The Roman Road’ and is a single lane cut-through which people take to avoid the dual carriageway when it is congested, or if they fancy a more scenic route.
So my route followed the old road between tall hedges moving upwards across the hillside. It is the first day this year there has been notable heat reflecting back off the tarmac, with a clear sky above, and a cool breeze from the sea convecting down over the hedges. The walls of green were punctuated with flashes of brilliant colour from Blue Bells, Red Campion, Hedge-Parsley and Dandelions illuminating the way. As the road climbed higher the view opened up and views out across the sea and the low-tide sandbanks heralded a much needed increase in the strength of the breeze.
Finally reaching the footpath for the descent (around 300 ft in ¼ of a mile) the land fell steeply away down a track comprising largely of dry mud and bedrock. As the path began to level out it became increasingly vegetated and more than once a Small Tortoiseshell butterflies swirled up into the sky to avoid my approach.
A really special run, very steep to start with, with the niggling fear of meeting traffic among the hedges on what is essentially a tarmacked footpath, but so, so worth it 🙂
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Distance: 2125.3 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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