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Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Bingley Five Rise Locks

Bingley Five-rise lock staircase is the most spectacular feature of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It is situated about half a mile north of Bingley Station, about 17 miles north west of Leeds and about 12 miles south east of Skipton.
The locks open directly from one to another, with the top gate of one forming the bottom gate of the next. This unique 5-rise staircase has a total rise of 60 feet.
The Leeds and Liverpool canal has many lock staircases of two or three locks each. Only a few hundred yards downstream is another staircase - this time a 3-rise flight, with a fall of 30 feet. The locks are supervised by a lock keeper and are closed at night. The Bingley 5-rise and 3-rise locks opened in 1774.
Bingley 5-rise staircase locks, looking up
Looking west directly up the spectacular staircase of 5 locks at Bingley.

Bingley five-rise staircase locks, looking up
Another view looking up the 5-rise staircase locks.
(A larger version of this picture can be found at
Pennine Waterways Computer Desktop Wallpaper page.)

Bingley 5-rise staircase locks, lock chamber
One of the empty lock chambers.

Bingley five-rise staircase locks, side view
A side view of the locks showing the curved stonework between the locks.

Bingley five-rise staircase locks, looking down
Looking back down the 5 staircase locks with stone woollen mills at Bingley in the background.

Bingley 5-rise staircase locks, top lock
The top lock of the five-rise staircase locks, looking east towards Bingley.
Getting to the Bingley Five Rise Locks
By train: To Bingley Station then walk northwards along the canal past the Three Rise Locks.
By car: On-road parking available a short walk from the locks near the small roundabout on Beck Lane, off Park Road.

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