Destination Penwortham (
From Port Augusta, we continued down the edge of the Spencer Gulf to Port Pirie, then through Crystal Brook and Snowtown, turning south at Blyth, before climbing the Skilly Hills on a back road to enter the Clare Valley near Leasingham.
We were heading to Penwortham, the birthplace of my Grandfather and his brothers. My Grandfather named his farm in Western Australia Penwortham, and the farm has remained in the family with my young grandsons now growing up enjoying the rural life as I did at their age. Very different to home, the area was lush and green, with vineyards and gardens.
John Horrocks was an early settler at Penwortham, which he named after his family home of Penwortham Hall, near Preston,
St Mark’s church is tucked away hidden from the road.
north the vineyards continued as we drove through Sevenhill It was settled by the Austrian Jesuit Fathers and Brothers in 1848. The
name is taken from the reference to the
Clare is the major town for the region and is at the northern end of this lush valley and wine growing area.
The soil looked particularly rich around Caltowie.
We drove through
To the north
We returned westward via the