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Our journeys around Australia

From John o'Groats we made our way back home stopping overnight in Granton-on-Spey, Abington, Witton Gilbert, Bakewell and finally Winchcombe.

The weather wasn't too great but we did stop off in a few places. The first stop was in Falkirk to see the Falkirk WheelFalkirk Wheel. This is similar to the Anderton Boat Lift except it is much bigger and was completed in 2002. It transports barges from the Forth & Clyde canal to the Union canal which are separated vertically by 35mtrs.

Falkirk Wheel

 Falkirk Wheel

Boats enter the gondola and then the wheel rotates and four minutes later the boat can motor out on the other canal.

 Falkirk Wheel

 

The boats are floating all the time and the power required to turn the wheel is suprisingly little, 1.5kwh.

We took a ride in a boat up to the top canal, through a tunnel and then returned.

 Houseteads Fort

A bit further on on our return trip we visited Hadran's Wall and spent a while looking around Housteads Fort.

 Hadrians Wall

 last night

 

We spent the last night in the motorhome in a very nice location in the Cotswalds. There was a bit of sunshine so we got the chairs out and sat down to a nice cup of tea before before a more tucking into something stronger but within half an hour it started raining!