Day 269 Mile 269: A Preposterous Undertaking. Living less than a mile outside a national park, nature provides an innumerable trove of attractive routes, silly challenges and visual marvels. Next to the road into the nearest town, there is a hillside which rises steeply skywards by around 350 ft. onto a ridge which surveys the sea, the mountains and the castle. It is such a ridiculous line that for years my brain has been screaming at me to try and get up it, so today is that day!
There is a bank of mist rolling in from the sea which somehow makes the entire undertaking feel slightly more epic, something like leaving the ground and journeying into a cloud land where almost anything up to and including dragons feels possible. Pausing for breath it was amazing to look across and see Gt Orme’s Head edited into a thin line by sea and cloud. All of a sudden it becomes clear why the Norse sailors first named it the “Orme” which roughly translates to mean worm, wyrm or dragon.
The pause also enabled me to get a photo which hopefully conveys some of the vertiginous angle of the slope!
On reaching the top the path wound around the mountain, luckily a familiar route given the cloud cover before a more than welcome downhill sprint, over rocks and roots through the bracken, past the houses and railway and back to the start.
Ok I stopped for breath and photos part way up, but I didn’t walk any of it. Today has been a big tick on the list of things to do in my head, and it didn’t disappoint!
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: 1948.2 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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