Day 193 Mile 193: Conwy Rivers Project part 3/10 Afon Llugwy. Betws y Coed (Chapel in the wood) has been famous as a tourist resort since the Victorians developed a love of the rustic and the mountainous ‘sublime’, and its stone-built houses in an alpine woodland setting make it one of the most picturesque villages in the Snowdonia National Park. It is probably its location near the junction of three river valleys that has made it an ideal place for a settlement dating back to at least the bronze age and on a sunny day such as this it is simply stunning. It should be noted that today’s glorious weather is not always the case, the average annual rainfall in the catchment of the River Llugwy is the highest recorded in England and Wales.
Today’s run goes along the river starting at the iconic Pont y Pair, (the Bridge of the Cauldron in English). built in 1468, and winds up through the woodland along the river bank as far as the slightly crazy looking Miner’s Bridge. This bridge is something of a relic and curiosity. These days it is simply a foot bridge and a bit of a fun way to get across the river into the woods but up until 1860 it was used by miners to cross the river via wooden ladder when commuting to and from the lead mines in the Gwydyr Forest.
It’s a very different experience compared to the other tributaries I have run so far. The river is wide and powerful, and populated by sightseers fron around the world. This is a bit awkward on narrow paths but a great thing to have so many people out obviously enjoying themselves and the day!
For more background on the Conwy Rivers Project please have a read of the blog post first published on 16/5/17 here.
On the way there… (sorry, had to be done!)
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: 2862.5 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!