Day 330 Mile 330: Exploring Up. It is wonderful to be out in the hills again. The 120ft. waterfalls at Abergwyngregyn are relatively well known and attract thousands of tourists and walkers every year, however if you don’t turn off at the carpark there is an unpromising road which snakes its way between drystone walls and up onto the mountains.
If you follow this road until its end you find yourself at the northern edge of the Carneddau mountain range and the start of today’s run. It is an imposing place, facing south into the rolling massifs of Foel Fras and Carnedd Llyewelyn with a glimpse of the sea through the valley and pylons to the north. Although the snow is restricted to the higher slopes the wind is biting on the fingertips and the sound of birds of prey calling in the sky adds to the feeling of remoteness.
It is a beautiful solitary place, where broken ground, protruding rock, deep mud and steep drops make progress slow but utterly exhilarating. Even the icy nature of the air seems somehow cathartic on fingers and lungs., while the sensation of mud through shoes and socks and between toes adds to the general joyous ‘other’ of it all.
It is somewhere I had never been before and I’m so glad I went, to find such an amazing corner hidden just on the doorstep is a real privilege.
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: 1612.4 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!