Day 307 Mile 307: Along Old Ways. Llangelnin Old Church sits high up on the Welsh mountain Tal Y Fan, some 1000ft above Henryd, the nearest village. In the 6th century the Celtic saint St. Celynnin built a church around a well here as a refuge for weary travellers. The well was believed to have restorative powers, especially for ill children, and chimes so much with the pre-Christian Celtic beliefs, that it suggests that this has been a holy place for a very long time. The well and the church are there to this day.
It’s an amazing place and was unlocked today. Inside is almost like being outdoors. There is an old feel, a sense of beauty that has arisen through love and sanctity, and the kneading of surfaces by time beyond lifespans. There is a place for splendour and modernity, but sometimes things can be crafted more profoundly in adze-scarred wood amd limewashed walls. If you find God in the hills and sky, then this is as close as I have found which benefits from a roof!
Today’s run is a loop on the old paths in the hills surrounding the church. Some of these have undoubtedly existed for millenia, and have sunk into the landscape so far as to resemble stone choked river beds rather than paths. At other times paths that were once clear on maps, have dwindled with neglect over the year’s to be conceptualized lines across the hills, with little evidence of their use beyond their paper record and a compass bearing.
It was a wonderful experience without another soul to be seen exept for the ubiquitous sheep, the Song Thrush scolding from his hawthorn Bush and the Buzzard gliding on his hook-and-eye-fastening wings away to the north.
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: 1629.8 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!