Day 346 Mile 346: Exploring On Thin Ice. Every so often it is nice to go out exploring somewhere you have overlooked. The Sychnant Pass forms the eastern end of the village, where the mountains curtail the settlement. The road travels over the top to the next town but at the head of the pass there are a number of paths which fan out like a delta across the mountains. Over time I have been over quite a few of these routes and have a fairly good idea of the overall shapes of the hills around there but not all the fine details in between. Today I took one of the paths I have never been on before just to see where it went.
There is still snow and ice on the ground which makes the going more tricky and significantly slower but it certainly adds to the sense of excitement and challenge. The thin flakes of frosted ice jangle underfoot falling away with a sound like flakes of acrylic as feet lift off the turf behind. The views are spectacular looking down into the village of Capelulo and across to the sea and the Isle of Anglesey. Out in the sun it is surprisingly warm, even though in many places the path is still icy but once the path dips into the shadow of the hill the cold begins to nibble at the fingers. Out in the light, the colours seem to be very vibrant and yet almost monochrome in the shade, held into even starker contrast by the laying snow and ice.
It is awkward running, and there are places where you really would not want to slip off the path so progress is not always as fast as it could be but the views the weather and the chance to see somewhere familiar from a fresh perspective more than make up for this.
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: 1716.4 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!
With all the festive music around and the snow and I’ve it was impossible not to have this as today’s earworm!