Bingley Five-Rise Locks

Approaching Bingley Five-Rise locks

No tour of the Bradford Metropolitan region is complete without a trip to the Bingley Five-Rise Locks on the Leeds-Liverpool canal. It’s a feat of 18th century engineering, and the steepest single canal ascent in the UK at just under 60 feet in 320. It was a big deal when it was opened, with 30,000 folks celebrating the completion of the Gargrave to Leeds section.

Bingley from Five-Rise Locks

In recent years, there have been extensive repairs made to the locks. No longer do they transport coal and linen between Lancashire and Yorkshire. You’ll mostly see leisure boats on the canal now, and cyclists, dog walkers and amateur photographers litter the towpath. You can even see the legendary Damart thermals factory in the distance.

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