Day 254 Mile 254: Conwy Rivers Project 8/10 Afon Lledr

River tree bench Wales Cymru Afon lledrDay 254 Mile 254: Conwy Rivers Project 8/10 Afon Lledr. Today the weather has ranged from the miserable to the torrential. It is not as bad as the conditions faced by those on the other side of the Atlantic at the moment but it is none the less not exactly conducive to the idea of going outside!

However I was fortunate enough to have the afternoon off, even though I seem to have a case of the sniffles. Hence I came to the conclusion that, if I had to go out, I may as well go and do something nice.
So today I ticked off the antepenultimate river on the list in the form of the Afon Lledr.

It is suprisingly hard to get to. Not due to any particular lack of roads near it, but due to the fact that it runs through a wide glacial valley and therefore periodically floods a lot of the land around it. As such paths running closely alongside it are few and far between. This, combined with the fact that the idea to try and run along this river was taken up on something of a whim meaning I had nothing more acurate than a road atlas with me, resulted in a considerable period of time spent driving around moss naped back-roads in heavy downpours with the petrol light on my car flashing in trepidation at me.

Luckily persistence paid off and I was rewarded by a beautiful little lane running directly alongside the river. The few houses along the way had obviously stood for centuries, presumably tending the lichen screed dry-stone walls which in turn alternated with the trees and ferns in marking the edge of the lane.

I was joined for some time by a particularly large buzzard who swooped lazily down the road in front of me and made for an awe inspiring sight as he flew, like an unpainted wooden glider between the darker trees.

It was definitely worth the effort, but nice to be having tea and a biscuit as I type this in the warm and dry afterwards though!

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: 1654.0 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Thanks as ever for all the support!

Ed

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