Bingley Travel Guide

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    Bingley, West Yorkshire
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    Old Main Street, Bingley
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Bingley Things to Do

  • Visit the Five Rise Locks

    Visit the Five Rise Locks on the Leeds Liverpool canal.From Bingley to about 3 miles downwards the noblest works of the kind are exhibited viz: A five fold, a three fold and a single lock, making together a fall of 120 feet; a large aqueduct bridge of seven arches over the River Aire and an aqueduct and banking over the Shipley valley ....... This...

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  • View From The Top

    You get a nice view looking back down the locks, over Bingley with its mill chimneys and the nice rolling hillsides beyond. The large chimney is at the Damart factory that we passed on the way to the locks.

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  • 5 Rise Locks

    At last the 5 Rise Locks, one of the most famous locks in the country. They're quite spectacular and very picturesque and the grassy banks are a good place to rest or to have a picnic.

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  • Bingley 3 Rise Locks

    Right before you get to the 5 Rise Locks you have to negotiate the 3 Rise first. The two sets are so close together you might as well call them an 8 Rise set. I've no idea how long it takes to get a boat up or down all 8 locks, I've never stayed long enough to see, but kit will be well over an hour, maybe two.

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  • The Old And The New

    Next to this scene that mixes a bit of rural tranquility with some derelict industrial architecture is the brand new "Millennium Bridge". I don't know if it's truly a Millennium Bridge, but it's certainly in the style of those things. It links the canal with the town, going across the newly built motorway.

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  • Industrial Glory

    Eventually you leave the rural tranquility behind and enter the old industrial areas of Bingley. A lot of the mills etc seem to have closed down, but one that is still running is the Damart factory. Damart are famous worldwide for their thermal underwear, not that I own any!

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  • Interesting Backdrop

    Even the closed and semi-derelict mill buildings make an interesting and attractive backdrop to the walk (or the cruise). This section is just past the Damart Mill at Bingley as you begin to leave the industrial area again and head out into the countryside once more.

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  • A Clear Stretch

    After the locks and the swing bridge at Dowley Gap there's a clear run for a while. It's best to make the most of the rest, as after this brief respite the boats will soon be at the 3 Rise Locks and then the 5 Rise, and there'll be plenty of work to do there.

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  • Swing Bridges

    Locks aren't the only obstacle facing the boatmen. There are a number of manually operated swing bridges too, which you have to open by hand by hauling them round on their pivot. A well drlled crewman will jump from the boat, run ahead and open the bridge, close it and then run to catch the boat up. I've seen that done before, but this guy was...

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  • Beautiful Boats

    Some of the boats are more elaborately decorated than others. These two were gorgeous, and this type of paint job is quite traditional for canal longboats. If I hired a boat I'd insist on one with a great paint job!

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  • Picturesque Views

    There are some lovely views along the canal, especially around the locks and the bridges and at Dowley Gap you get both at once. Dowley Gap is a double set of locks as you can just about see from this picture.

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  • Two At A Time

    Two narrow boats can fit into the lock side by side, and if you know there's another boat coming it's only polite to wait for it, otherwise delays and backlogs can occur. I'm not sure if you can get four boats into the locks or not (2 behind 2), I've never seen it done.

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Bingley Restaurants

  • TRADITIONAL YORKSHIRE

    The Brown Cow at Bingley is an old fashioned Yorkshire pub serving traditional pub food as well as stone baked pizza.The pub was once used as a courtroom.The brewery that own the pub is Timothy Taylor, have been brewing traditional ale since 1858. The brewery is situated in Keighley and still uses Pennine spring water in the process.Behind the bar...

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  • Pizza Hut

    Pizza Hut, an international restaurant chain, is where you can get reasonably priced pizzas, pastas and salads. The menu isn't anything special (you get similar fare at other resturants nationwide) but I thoroughly enjoyed the "Tricolore" Tuscani Pizza, which is a Magherita based with tomatoes, rocket and pesto drizzle, when I visited the...

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  • Canalside Restaurant

    At the top of the 5 Rise Locks is the 5 Rise Cafe & Store. They have inside seating and quite a bit of outside seating too, plus some grass where you can just plonk down. They sell drinks and snacks, both to eat at a table and to take away.

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  • Ice Cream Al Fresco

    At some points along the canal path you'll come across Ice Cream vans, most usually at points where the road comes close to or crosses the canal (at Dowley Gap again, for instance).

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  • Canal Side Picnic

    There's plenty of grassy spots along the way to have a picnic, usually beside the locks. At Dowley Gap there is a designated picnic site close by the upper lock basin.

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  • A Taste of Italy with Sardinian Food -...

    Sardinian Food, Cooked freshly as you wait.Lovely little restaurant, The owner Graziano Porcu really makes you feel as if you are part of the family.First class service My favourite is Tagliata di manzo alla sarda in other wordsSlices of beef Steak - Sliced very, very thinly and very lightly grilled with olive oil, black pepper, Rosemary and Salt,...

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Bingley Nightlife

  • Nightlife in Bingley

    a great night outAge group 21 and upwards and I mean upwards, Its a great place to sit after a days work with a bottle of wine and talk and watch.Have a look at the web site. Mixed, but after 8pm the glam comes out

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  • Evening Entertainment

    If you are into amateur operatics you may well wish to give the BLT a visit.Bingley Little Theatre was founded in 1947 and moved from its original building to its present position at the rear of the Bingley Arts Centre in 1974. Members produce 8 plays each season ranging from Chekhov to Ayckbourn, from Shakespeare to Bennett. The Theatre's main aim...

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Bingley Transportation

  • Train Hop

    We reached Bingley by walking from Saltaire - some 4km away along the canal tow path. If you don't want to walk then take the car or hop on the train - its on the Leeds to Skipton line. We took the train back as we were pressed for time.

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  • Traffic Jam

    If you are boating you may have to prepare for a long wait at the 5 Rise locks. It takes a good while to get up or down them and boats can only go in one direction at a time, so if someone is coming down you have to wait for them to complete the transit. The lock keepers will keep everything moving smoothly.

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  • Directions

    Bingley 5 Rise Locks are 2 1/2 miles from Saltaire, and 12 1/2 from Skipton. We always walk from Saltaire to the locks and back, but it would be a nice half days walk to go from or to Skipton. Probably Liverpool at 111 miles would be a bit too ambitious!

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Bingley Warnings and Dangers

  • Camera Man

    Apparently I have a reputation for taking loads of pics but I don't think this guy doesn't do too bad himself ;-)Oh and in case anyone's wondering about the pic caption, it comes from seeing a book in Saltaire Mill entitled "Whose Bottom" complete with lift the flap bits!! I hasten to add it was a children's book and consisted of animals, but it...

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  • Don't Get Lost

    When they were doing maintenance work on the footpath, and also building a motorway, we took a wrong turning. We ended up trudging over a building site and ended up having to retrace our steps.Stick to the canalside path and don't get lost!

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  • Help Needed

    You may be enjoying a walk along the canal path - you may end up giving a helping hand! Some of those locks need some brute force!

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Bingley Off The Beaten Path

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    Onwards From Bingley

    by steventilly Written Jan 29, 2005

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    Going on further from Bingley will bring you firstly to East Riddlestone Hall, a stately home in the care of the National Trust. This is about another 3 miles or so. After that you can get to Skipton, about 12 miles from here and a lovely town to visit with its canals, shops, cafes and castle.

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Bingley Sports & Outdoors

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    Fetch!

    by steventilly Written Jan 29, 2005

    We spent ages watching a bloke throwing a ball into the canal for his dog to go and fetch. The dog loved it and seemed never to tire of it. I think the owner tired first in fact.

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Bingley Favorites

  • The 5 Rise Locks

    This is the main reason to come here, a spectacular flight of 5 consecutive locks that raise boats almost 60 feet up the hillside. It was built in 1774 and is still in perfect working order. You get great views from the top, and there's a canalside restaurant/cafe/store so you can grab a bite to eat.

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  • Canal Side Housing

    There's some lovely housing beside the canal at the 3 Rise locks. I don't know if it was a converted mill - it looks brand new - but it fits in well with the landscape. If I can't live abroad when I retire I'd like to live somewhere like this.

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  • Industrial Architecture

    Bingley is a mill town (as were many around here) and the relics of this past still linger. Many mill buildings are deserted, though most are still quite picturesque. I particularly love the tall chimneys that the mills used to have.

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