Day 225 Mile 225: Coming ’round the Mountain. Foel Lûs overlooks the sea, and arches up as a sensual roundure of tanned rhyolite from the enveloping modesty of the sea below.
With sparse plant cover on the acid soil (the vegetation is slowly recovering after almost the whole are of the hill was set on fire in 1976) the views from the path are truly wonderful; to the north and east magnificent coastal scenery while to the south and west the stark, rugged landscape of the northern edge of the Snowdonia National Park.
The path around approximately the 800’ contour of Foel Lûs was opened in 1888. Originally it was to be named Foel Lûs Path, but it became popularly known as Jubilee Path commemorating Queen Victoria’s Jubilee of 1887. The path on the North and East facing slopes had to be dug out of the loose scree with nothing more sophisticated than a pick and shovel by contractor Joseph Jones and two assistants. There were already tracks to the west and south to link up with and these had only be widened and tidied up. The whole contract cost the princely sum of £50 plus and extra £5 to build two pillars which mark the entrance. It took just four months to complete the work.
On June 23rd, 1888 the opening ceremony took place. The honour of cutting the ribbon did not go to the Local Board member Mr.R. Lloyd Jones who first thought of the idea, but to the wife of Colonel Stewart. The latter had formerly been a resident of the town.
The path provided and extra leisure amenity in the rapidly growing tourist town of Penmaenmawr, which had grown to popularity thanks mainly to the regular patronage of W. E. Gladstone, three times Prime Minister of the U.K.
Today’s run took me around the loop of the path, a wonderful mini-adventure which must have felt like a real journey into the unknown wilds for some of those Victorian sensibilities!
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Distance: 2577.1 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!