Day 190 Mile 190: Up the Conveyor Belts. Penmaenmawr has granite which is one of the hardest naturally occurring building materials in the world. Originally taken off the beach as ballast for ships commuting to and from the east (going one way with fine china-clay porcelain, and the other with nothing but rocks to make the ship sit correctly in the water) it can now be found in buildings, architectural projects and industrial situations across the globe. These days granite is taken from the top of the mountain where the seam naturally occurred, rather than off the beach where over millennia usable lumps of it had rolled due to gravity and weathering.
It has always been difficult running up hill, and living in N. Wales we seem to have been issued with more than the usual allowance of them. Originally the rock was brought down hill on sledges pulled by donkeys, until they were replaced by a pulley system, and eventually a series of conveyor belts.
Today’s run follows part of the line of these directly up the hill. It is an odd sensation, being in this vein of industrialisation in the middle of mountainous greenery. There is a post-apocalyptic mix of aging machinery, dark tunnels full of last autumn’s leafs and various signs warning of dire consequences to life for straying from the path.
Weirdly though, it is absolutely fascinating, if very hard work!
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: 1680.2 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!