Day 214 Mile 214: Conwy Rivers Project part 5/10 Afon Machno. This evening finds me further into the mountains than normal, hence I get the chance to tick off one of the more ‘remote’ runs today 🙂 The Afon (river) Machno is the first major tributary of the River Conwy, which it joins south of Betws-y-Coed.
Roughly halfway down the valley sits the village of Penmachno, an ancient settlement which quite literally spans the river; the two parts of which are linked by a quintuple-arched, stone bridge.
The river and it’s surrounding elements have a very different feel to the last few runs I have done along the river Conwy tributaries. It is the complete antithesis of the ornamental gardens I found down the Hireathlyn, or the tourist honey pot that was Betws-y-coed, the Afon Machno has a routed beauty all of its own.
The textured stone of the walls and houses, verdant hills and lichen bedecked contours tell of a weight of history and an exquisiteness which has stood strong against wind, rain and invasion for millennia.
Tradition has it the Iorwerth ‘Snubnose’ the father of Llywelyn Fawr (ruler of Wales 1200-1240) is buried here and the parish church of Saint Tudclud contains five early Christian, inscribed stone slabs dating from the 5th or 6th century. The Carausius Stone, which bears the Chi Rho symbol has been suggested to be the grave stone of Carausius, a Roman military commander who usurped power in the British Isles in 286 and was assassinated in 293.
Just down the road is the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan (1545 – 1604 probably!). He was one of the leading scholars of his day, having mastered Hebrew in addition to Latin and Greek. Morgan was the first person to translate the Bible in its entirety into Welsh, an act which was hugely significant, culturally and linguistically, and the effects of which are still with us today.
It is amazing what you can so easily overlook as just being a few houses a pub and a load of sheep!
For more background on the Conwy Rivers Project please have a read of the blog post first published on 16/5/17 here.
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: 1741.6 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!
A good earworm for a tired but musical summer’s evening…