Thursday, 6 September 2012

Nature trail

Following what has been a long wet summer with what seems like endless days of rain.  Seemingly the wettest summer since records began.  September appears to be intent in showing us what we have missed with a succession of warm sunny days.

Making the most of this welcome change in the weather, last night, I headed out for a mainly off road run of 8 miles as dusk approached under a phosphorous sky. 

Conditions were perfect for running but the run itself could have been mistaken as a nature trail with numerous sightings of deer, a fox, a hare, a Red Kite, plus the usual assortment of rabbits and squirrels.

Primarily the route was down one side of the Derwent Valley from Medomsley, past the grade 1 listed 18th century Derwentcote steel furnace, along the river bank to Blackhall Mill then climbing up the other side of the valley before returning to the river and heading to Ebchester and a return climb to Medomsley.

It may have been an idyllic late summers evening, but on the climb back up to Medomsley I had a reminder of the recent wet weather as I ploughed through calf deep mud and then spent 5 minutes retrieving my lost running shoe which had been sucked off by the mud.

But all in all, despite heavy legs and feeling tired, a very enjoyable run - pity I didn't take the camera.

Further details of the route can be found here

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