Yesterday I went with my daughter to Bingley in West Yorkshire. It's on the Leeds to Liverpool canal and has quite a few locks, which I wanted to see. We went for a walk along the River Aire and back along the canal.
First there is a flight of two locks
A three rise
and further along, a five rise.
It doesn't look as good in a photo as real life, but that is quite a drop, apparently the steepest flight of locks in the UK. A barge was just coming out of the bottom lock,and it takes quite a while to get through.
I was quite overcome, my daughter said "Oh you're not going to cry are you?"!
Call me strange but I just love locks..
On the way back another barge was starting to go through. This is it in the top lock.
Once it's in, and the gates shut behind it, the water can then be let out of the front gates into the next lock. As the water level goes down the barge is lowered down to the next level
and when it's full the gates can be opened to let the barge through
and repeated through all the locks until it reaches the bottom
I absolutely loved it and could have stayed all day