To think from 1901 to 1902, 6 men built the races with pick and shovel and boxes of explosive in six months
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
There is a brand new shelter at the car park, just for you, in case of rains. The toilet is over to the right of the photo, tucked in the bushes.
Walk through the shelter and follow the track, you will come to a turn off to the left.
This leads off to the power house, go and have a look, this is a working power house with a viewing room; There is a push button by the door, push it to turn on the lights inside the building. If you know a little about power station, you can look across at the switch board and read the gauges. Also look around the yard, there are interesting pieces of equipment lying around.
Double back on to the track and over the wooden bridge, you are now back on the main track again.
From here the track works it’s way around to the left and then climbs up the ridge.
The track Will be a little slippery if wet, It is made up of clay, tree roots and rocks and in some places the track is very washed out.
When the track starts to level out, You will see what is left of the old race. You are now only a few minutes away from the start of the working race.
This part of the walk will take your breath away. Take your time to enjoy the views of the valley And to marvel at the effort of those men to build this causeway.
In this section of the walk you need to hold on to your kids. It’s a long drop down in to the valley below
The originals aqueducts were all built of wood, earth and rocks. Today, if you cannot be build it out of concrete and steel, It can’t be built at all. The electronic devices you can see on the bank of the canal, They measure the flow rate and the height of the water. This helps to reduce the damage to the raceway.
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