Day 260 Mile 260: Crags, Castles & a Cloud Inversion

Conwy Castle mountainDay 260 Mile 260: Crags, Castles & a Cloud Inversion. Today’s run took me up and over the mountains towards the historic castle-town of Conwy. After a while of running on prepared roads and paths, with other people and in organised events it makes a refreshing change to be out in the hills by myself; another part of the rich tapestry of life.

Conwy Mountain path fell runningThe route winds up and across Conwy Mountain, through the heather and broken rock, glimpsing southwards down the valley towards the higher peaks of the Carneddau. The wonder of being out, especially for a while linger than usual is that it affords the opportunity to notice more.

As I was turning around to start the return journey it seemed as if the river in the valley below had risen by several hundred feet. After a moment of incomprehension it occurred to me that while it was water filling the valley floor it was far more vaporous than I had at first assumed. The clouds had rolled in along the river, extending it upwards and sideways as its gaseous cloak unfurled against the hillsides. It’s not a great photo due to the distances involved and my cheap phone but hopefully it provides some idea!

Cloud inversion conwy valleySomewhat distracted by this spectacle I started my return journey and in so doing took a wrong path which, rather than leading me around, took me to the top of one peak. Getting there I realized I had stumbled into Castell (Castle) Caer Seion, a Roman Hill-fort, and somewhere I had never been before! Castell Caer Seion is a stone walled fort excavated in 1951 on the summit of Conwy Mountain. It extends over an area approximately 330m from west south-west to east north-east by 100m, having a ‘citadel’ at the western end. There are some 24 hut foundations ranging from 3 to 10m diameter located within the enclosure. All in all quite impressive! The commanding vista of the citadel also made it easy to spot a way back down and to work out where I had gone adrift. *Stay safe in the hills kids!*

It was lovely to get out in the wilds, and to be surprised by new things. Being out a bit later in the day and at the weekend it was also great to see so many dog walkers, ramblers and tourists enjoying the area.

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: 4664.2 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Thanks as ever for all the support!

Ed

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