GC from South Glos had a big weekend in which he completed the Peace Statue Challenge a total of 6 times! 4 were on foot and 2 by bike. Here’s his running route heading north from the lakeshore at Llanberis and finishing at the shores of the Menai Strait in the tranquil woodlands of Treborth:
This run was a mix of lanes and trails, mostly with next to nothing in the way of traffic, but there is a section around Pont Rhythallt that could get busy so take care there. There is no pavement for most of this route but I saw other runners out in the lanes which gave me a bit of confidence! As per usual I was in fluoro jacket with a flashing tail-light, following the be-safe-be-seen principle.
After my moment of peace at the Llanberis Peace Statue I ran down the lakeside following signs for the Quarry Hospital – the path winds up and over the railway on a bridge then takes you up the steps of the hospital – here a waymarked trail with green/yellow/white signs contours northward along the slopes above the lake. I followed this until it splits up into individual trails and then took the “white” trail all the way to the road that runs above the lake between Dinorwic and Brynrefail. Most of the trail was firm and runnable even on the damp winter’s day when I ran, but there were sections covered with wet leaves and those had to be walked.
In Brynrefail the route crosses the main road and immediately goes down the old route of the lakeside railway – initially it’s a surfaced lane (pictured) then it gets a little boggy in places but stays straight and easy to follow, plus it’s traffic-free. This bridleway/road section comes out in Rhythallt where you turn right and run up hill to Llandeiniolen, passing the ancient hill fort of Dinas Dinorwig. The route I took and which I saved on Map My Run included a “short cut” down a trail starting opposite the church surrounded by dense woods in Llandeiniolen – with hindight I should have stuck to the road! The road is only a few metres longer and the trail was overgrown with brambles and led into a deep bog where I lost a shoe and got very wet and mucky. It also involved negotiating a rotten bridge with broken panels that felt like it might disintegrate as I walked nervously over it. Anyway, you have been warned!
After that I ran the lane along a ridge from Llandeiniolen to Pentir, with amazing mountain views and barely a car in sight, before taking the hilly footpath past the hospital down to Treborth and it’s beautifully situated statue by the Menai Strait. A lovely route, if you miss out that dodgy path!