Monday, 23 July 2012

Bingley 5 Rise Locks

After a pleasant evening in Shipley, we did some early morning shopping, then set off.

The firt place of interest was Saltaire see below

As described in a guide "An estate village that owns its existence to the Utopian dream of Sir Titus Salt, a wealthy Victorian mill owner. He was so appalled by the working and living conditions of his workers in Bradford that he decided to build the ideal industrial settlement, including housing and recreational facilities. This he did in 1850 on the banks of the canal and the River Aire - hence the name Saltaire"

We then went through Bingley, the town that nobody knows until you mention Bradford & Bingley. It is also the main headquarters and production centre for Damart. Using a restored mill and dominating Bingley.

We then had to wait for a BW man to supervise the Bingley 3 rise locks, which we completed in about 40 minutes. Shortly after we had to wait for a boat to descend the Bingley 5 Rise, before entering with another boat called "Milly Molly Mandy" (a strange couple who have never been outside of Yorkshire in their entire lives, and they are retired) We completed the 5 rise in about an hour, with lots of people watching and helping.

We now have a long stretch before any more locks but lots of swing bridges.  We have climbed  304ft since leaving Leeds on Saturday.

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