An Autumn Run

I finally got round to doing my second Park Run this morning and this time it was my local run at Erddig. 

Walking round to the start in front of Erddig Hall to join the large group of runners (with some four-legged friends in the mix too), there was a distinct difference to the Hall since I visited last. With the vibrant red ivy now almost completely gone, those eye-catching leaves now strewn on the floor. Winter is most certainly round the corner.

Yet weather-wise it didn’t feel like October at all. Come 9am the rustle of dry leaves signalled we were now on our way to complete the 5km route. 

As 200+ runners made their way into the woods with a blanket of orange leaves on the floor, for this early on a Saturday morning there was a really positive atmosphere which made it all the more enjoyable.

I didn’t push myself too hard for this Park Run. It was more of a social affair, appreciating the location and getting a grasp of the course. Rather than laps it was more of a collection of loops that crossed over a few times. Open fields, cows who must have thought we were mad so went back to munching on their grass and dense woodland. It was honestly a rather pleasant run! Although I did feel a bit guilty for almost not noticing Ryan on my way round who was out on a ride…oops!

After a difficult week recovering from a bad session in the gym, I’m a bit more positive about next week’s training. 

Erddig in Autumn

Early memories of Erddig Hall involve making an appearance in the local newspaper due to having attended their Apple Festival with school. (This year’s Apple Festival is coming up on the 1st October!)

I’ve not visited the house or gardens since school, but I have taken Jenson to wander around the grounds of the estate. This being said, walking around the gardens was almost something new and different to see.

Summer is amazing, but the colours the transitional period bring between Summer and Autumn can turn landscapes into a sea of golden colour.


Walking through the back of the Stables brought us out to the side of the house which looked out onto the rolling Welsh hillsides. A building with such uniform features having an incredible presence in the scenery around it.


Through a small wooden gate we were taken into a vast expanse of fruit trees & countless varieties of plants which were positioned precisely in flower beds throughout Erddig’s walled gardens.


Bees were bumbling about. Friendly ducks greeting everyone in site…or searching for food perhaps? Either way, it was a perfect afternoon. Feeling so far from the modern world, yet not really missing it either.