I’m gonna let you into a little secret,
Shhh, don’t tell anybody. Bingley is the center of the universe
for thermal underwear, I’m not joking. Right behind me is the Damart Factory,
the old Bowling Green Mills right next to the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
They make more long johns and thermal underwear in there than you’d ever need [laughs].
The reason we’re here though is to see the Bingley Five Rise Locks.
We’ve just got to the top of the locks and it’s been 17 miles two and a half
furlongs exactly we measured, between the last lock at Gargrave through Skipton out into the Aire Valley which is lovely and the
landscapes beautiful it really opens out it’s a lovely place, but from Bingley it
gets a little bit more industrial. Although the founder of the Inland
Waterways Association, Robert Aikman, he classes the Bingley Five Rise as one of
the Seven Wonders of the Waterways. Shall we find out if it is, or shall we go buy
some long johns [Music playing] Hello… Hello… We’re at the top of the
first Lock. It’s just over there, the downward
traffic is between 8 and 10 and then there’s a couple of hours of upward
traffic and then they’d do the same again from one o’clock so two hours of
down two hours of up and it’s just really to control the level of water. I mean
there’s like 17 mile pound between here and Gargrave where the next locks are,
but last year there was a shortage and they had to close a lot of this canal didn’t
they? Most of it yeah, most of it. So I think they’re just preserving water this
year, what did you call it? Prerrr, I’m not trying. Preservation [laughs]
Preversation… Oh dear! It’ll be in the outtake probably It’s not the first time we’ve
done the Five Rise we’ve done it a few times, the first time I think was when
we had our very first narrowboat. Back in 2004. Yeah
April 2004 the first time we did this and there was a guy called Barry Whitelock, he was like the lock keeper and you didn’t mess with him, do you
remember him? Yeah. You did as you were told. He’s a
really nice guy. Yeah he was. Flat cap, funny tooth and he really knew it was
talking about when it came to the five rise and he worked here
for 30 years, he was a lock keeping for 40 years, 30 of them here at Bingley. Really well known chap, google him. I tell you what he looked just like footballer Brian
Clough. Didn’t he? You know what I mean, the Derby County football player… manager.
Yeah, five locks down and then we’ve got about a quarter of a mile and then we’ve
got the Three Rise, which a lot of people forget about don’t they? They do yes
So it’s not going to take long to get down. Once we’re down at the bottom of the
three rise are we’re gonna carry on towards Saltaire. [Music playing] At the top of the locks is a cafe… it’s
that one just behind my left shoulder. It’s really popular, it’s really nice as
well and there’s some boater facilities there as well if you need it,
water and elsan and things like that. Have a close look at it though,
you can see four doors and like four windows. When that was originally built
it was a stables and the flyboats that used to come by here used to drop the
tired horses off at the stables and pick a fresh one up and then when they’d come
back the next day or two they’d pick the original horse back up and drop the
other one back for resting again and a lot of the flyboats and crews used to
have to time the jobs around visiting these stables so that they could get the
horses and then get their own back on the way back… I never knew that. [Music playing] [Clanking sound] [Sound of rushing water] So what’s the difference between a
normal lock, a flight of locks and a staircase lock like these at Bingley.
Well the principle is the same for all of them, you come into the lock
empty out and go out the other end or vice versa. Now in the flight of locks
you have a pound or a channel between each lock. With the staircase lock you
don’t have that pound or channel. The bottom gates of this lock form the top
gates of the next lock, so basically it’s just like a staircase you come down
open the gates at the bottom come into that lock that then forms the top gates
and go down again. Now on the Leeds and Liverpool canal this 14 sets of
staircase lock two or more and this one at Bingley the Five Rise is the biggest [Music playing] The thing that really amazes me about
these locks is that they were built in 1774 so what’s that two hundred and
forty five years ago, but yet 99% of the stonework is the original stone.
Still going after all these years. They replaced the lock gates and mechanisms
every now and then and the only other thing they’ve added is the ladders in
the locks. Can you imagine if you fell out all them years ago you know either
had to climb back on your boat or up the lock gates you’d be stuck wouldn’t you.
Each of the locks is 14 feet wide and over all the five rise lowers or raises the
canal by 60 feet over a distance of about 320 feet and if you look carefully
you can actually see the original stonemasons engravings in the
stonework. 245 years old. [Music playing] This is one of my favorite vantage
points in Bingley, the canal just at the bottom of the three rise it was actually
moved sideways by 400 yards in 1994 to allow construction of this road the
A650 the Bingley bypass and it’s the best place to get a view of the canal, the
road and rail altogether. I could spend all day here. [Music playing] [Sound of train horn] Bowling Green Mills was built about 100
years after the Leeds and Liverpool canal opened here at Bingley. This is it.
It’s now the Damart factory and they were really clever back in the day, what
they used to do is the overflow from the overspill water from the locks used to
come down these slipways at the side of the locks. So the mill owners took advantage, put some turbines in there and the water
powered the turbines which powered the mills….. ingenious! [Music Playing] Excuse Shaun having his his elevenses. Banana!
We’re at the bottom of the Bingley Three Rise, that’s it in the background. and we had a bit of a leak, it might as
well have been an open bloody lock gate for the water that was coming in.
Yeah, really leaky! Poor old Shaun was having kittens, by the look on his face they
were glass coated kittens he were pushing out [laughs]. So yeah very leaky gate, so much so that it got in the engine bay. It’s the first time we’ve had any water
in there and a bit of panic cos I’m not sure if the bilge pump should have
come on or not, got above the kind of pit where the bilge pump sits and it was
like an inch over that flowing about, and I thought the bilge pump would have
come on, but apparently not so we tried the manual one but the manual one didn’t
work either. So it was mop and bucket, but got it all
out, dried it all off, no damage or anything it all seems fine. and….. I’m a little bit stressed, I think gonna
put the kettle on and head on. [Music playing] Time for a cuppa coffee and a Carol Decker. Who’s Carol Decker?
Double Decker. We’re just leaving Bingley… BINGLEY!
Bingley… Bingley. It’s lovely and leafy Busy road! Still got the busy road at the
side of us that goes down towards Saltaire and Shipley
and up to Keithley and we started to watch out for these thunderstorms, it’s supposed to
be a dry morning and then really heavy thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening…. and you can just see them forming in the
distance, big black clouds in the distance. So keeping our fingers crossed
we can get to Hirst Lock, that’s where we going. Without putting the hood up. Ahhhhh! China in your Hand… Thats what Carol Decker sang. T’Pau wasn’t it? Two what? 2 Unlimited [laughs] 2 Unlimited, that was
Der der de de de de der der! De de de de der der. Der de de de der der [laughs] [Music playing] We’ve reached Dowley Gap Locks between
Bingley and Saltaire, so this is another staircase but there’s only two this time
we’re at the top are we’re going to come down. So there’s a boat already in and
they’ve gone up to the top lock. So here’s what we have to do. The water from the top lock is going to fill the bottom lock, so when that boats gone out of the
top, Shaun’s going to bring the boat into the top lock. I’m gonna empty this bottom
lock now and then we’ll empty Shaun’s lock into this to refill and then we’ll
empty this one again and Shaun will go out the bottom. [Music playing] Bridge 206. Why is that important?
Because we’ve just gone under it. It’s a crossover bridge, so the towpath crosses
from that side to that side. The locks behind it was Dowley Gap Locks
Awful! Leakiest locks so far actually, apart from the one at Bingley that flooded our engine.
But well timed, just as we came out of the bottom what two boats were coming the
other way, so we held the gate open for em as you would nice and polite…
and they both pulled up and had a cup of tea instead. [Laughing] Can’t please everybody can ya. I am shattered! It took 20 minutes to get
through that middle gate. It just wouldn’t equalize, the back gates
the top gates were just so leaky, it was literally like having the gate paddles open.
It was coming though wasn’t it? It was filling up faster than you
could empty it. So we’ve reported it to CRT anyway. Right we just gotta go over
this aqueduct. Next one is Hirst Lock and then I think we’re going to stop
for the day. I think so. I’m knackered. About 10,000 years ago somewhere
over there, there was this massive glacier and the channel of water that
was melting from it formed the River Aire… and it goes under this aqueduct, this is
the Dowley Gap Aqueduct, also known as the Seven Arches Aqueduct.
Guess why? Yay seven arches. So the Leeds and Liverpool canal comes over the River
Aire at this point. The aqueduct was designed by James Brindley, built by John
Longbotham who built the Leeds Liverpool canal and designed the Bingley locks too.
It carries the canal about 30 feet above the river and then underneath there’s
these seven arches and it’s got these like bricks built into the river and it
stops it when it comes in to flood from kind of washing away the aqueduct
basically it protects the bottom and the foundations of the aqueduct. [Music playing] Here we are this is where we’re ending
today. Saltaire! Oh I was just gonna say… do you recognise it [laughs] spoiler!!
Don’t recognise it. So yeah we’re in Saltaire. This is Salts Mill, it’s a brilliant place
one of my favorite places on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The architecture is just awesome. Amazing. It was all built by a guy called Titus Salt back in the
eighteen hundreds and imagine like a Victorian version of Charlie and the
Chocolate Factor.So he built this mill and then he built like a school and
hospital and church and houses and he got all his workers in and looked after
them he created this little village around the mill. It’s an awesome place
and his name’s brilliant… Titus Salt. Yeah. Just imagine if he’d married, I
don’t know Veruca Vinegar. It would’ve been [laughing] Titus Salt & Vinegar [laughs]. He could have made crisps, there you go. Not actually that long a day today it’s taken us about five hours to get
from the top of Bingley down here to Saltaire. Yeah. We’re gonna chill for the
afternoon now, which is trying to escape these showers, there’s a lot of heavy
showers and flooding. A bit gloomy. around the area. So when we get into Leeds in a
few days we’re hoping the River Aire’s not in flood because we want to get down
towards Castleford. Yes. But for today that is it. We’ve got lots of stuff to
catch up on on the boat, got some washing to do. Catch us next time. If you’ve liked
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What are we having for tea? Errrr sandwich. Sandwich, how boring.
Right we’ll see you next time, take care bye by. Bye! [Music playing] Hello….. [laughs] Oh its early! [Sighs] Morning! It’s the next day. Is it…. I don’t know Did I say Barry Whitelock or Brian Whitelock? Brian Thought I did. Where the pin bulge bilge pumps sits. That’s a tongue twister isn’t it… Bulge pit. [laughs] Bulge….. Whats a Bulge Pit????
What websites are you going on? [laughs] You’re gonna hit the side. [laughs]. Didn’t know it went in. On this one got to use the Windlass….. Like this BEEEEEP!!! BEEEEEP!! BEEEEEP!! [Music playing]