Not lost …. Just misguided (with added beavers)

On Tuesday afternoons I work up in the valleys and I always look at the surrounding hills and wonder what it’s like to run them. This morning I actually remembered to throw some kit and shoes in the trailmobile(tm) so after work it was time to get some elevation!

Elevation, pace, breathing blah blah blah lets get on with the photos

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Starting point – Pontycymmer, home of houses hanging off 45 degree gradients
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Ok not so steep I can handle this
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Jesus H Christ in a chickenbasker did I just run up that?
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Which led to another dirtroad – Which climbed up and up and up and up forever. Still it was sooooo peaceful, not a single soul anywhere to be seen.
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Purty flowers (Any excuse to stop to take a photo while going uphill)
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Reached the top and the views were stunning – sadly my camera and skills do not reflect the mountainous majesty at all
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More hills with annoying tree right in shot
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Believe it or not this is not the same road as before …. By now I had passed lots of turnoffs and every road looked similar and the identical trees were giving nothing away ….
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After even more climbing a clue – However the little yellow arrow is clearly pointing to the treacherous path of death while the nice smooth track leads away upwards ….hmmmm
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Of course I took the treacherous path of certain death and found it led to …. Valley of the Beaver. Well maybe not but I like to imagine our furry woodchipping friends doing all this deforestation.
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In a not very surprising twist of events the Path of Ultimate Treachery led into the Spooky Forest of Doom
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Which had the worlds tallest and straightest trees
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And apparently the worlds tidiest beavers who stack logs in neat piles everywhere
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Emerging from the forest and by now wildly guessing at the way to go by just heading downhill I realised I was actually running on the old spoilheaps created by the coal mining industry years ago
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I also found some very tasty looking mushrooms disguising themselves as Cornish Pasties (note kids DO NOT eat random fungi no matter how well baked they look – you will die or at least go on a trip you are unlikely to forget for many years)
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I “think” the identical roads run through that forest … maybe.
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Aha! Saved – A trail marker …… of utterly no use whatsoever seeing as you could indeed go three directions from here not two.

In fact I just kept heading down down down until I found my bearings. It was close though! I didn’t fancy spending the night in the woods with the roaming OCD beavers

Actually it was only five and a half miles but a fun and challenging run

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Author: Gareth

Running coastal trails in South Wales and working on a healthier body and mind

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