Bingley Five Rise Locks

By: JohnnyTomorrow

May 16 2012

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Further along the canal from Saltaire we eventually arrived at the spectacular series of locks known as the “Bingley 5 Rise” due to it consisting of 5 consecutive locks and being located, of course, in the town of Bingley.

This is an unusual flight of locks as there is no ‘pond’ between the locks. Each lock opens directly into the next one in what is known as a staircase.

The lock was opened in front of a crowd of 30,000 in 1774 and is still considered a triumph of engineering to this day. A few hundred yards down the canal towards Leeds is a further staircase of three locks which was opened at the same time. The 5 locks raise the canal a total of 59 ft in a distance of 320ft giving a gradient of 1:5.

We arrived at the locks having already walked the 18 miles or so from Leeds and the gradient seemed much more than this!!

The shot here is taken from the top of the 5 locks.

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