Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Bingley Five Rise Locks.

0 Locks, 2 Miles, 4 Swing Bridges. Now moored above Bingley 5 Rise Locks.

Bingley 022The famous Bingley Five Rise locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

After a sleepless night, due to a rowdy party at a property about 6 houses away from us which lasted until 4am, we left Riddlesden about mid morning. The weather was a complete opposite to yesterdays Summer spectacular but we didn’t plan on travelling far.

Bingley 013 This is what happens when they open gate paddles on the Bingley Five Rise locks.

All the swing bridges except one were fully electrified making life easy until one idiotic driver ran the red lights driving through at speed as the barrier arms were descending. He was very lucky not to have had an accident. The last bridge had manual barriers with the bridge being electric but that caused us a few worries when it wouldn’t open causing a bit of a backlog of traffic.

Bingley 020Lock keeper opening the gate paddles on the final lock. They move sideways instead of up and down.

Arriving at Bingley we tried several places to moor but were defeated by a submerged wall. We were eventually told by the lock keeper to moor between the water point and the footbridge above the locks as we were only staying overnight. Later we walked down the flight for some photo’s as we won’t get a chance when we are in the locks.

Bingley 016 Bingley Five Rise side paddle equipment.

1810 locks, 3731½ miles, 68 tunnels, 116 swing bridges and 53 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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