Bingley Five Rise Locks

Bingley Five Rise Locks, one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways and only a short distance along the canal from Gallows Bridge.

Bingley Five Rise Locks are the steepest flight of locks in the UK, rising 60 feet over a distance of 320 feet. Bingley Three Rise Locks are located just a few hundred yards downstream. Because of the complications of working a staircase lock, a full-time lock keeper is employed, and the locks are padlocked out of hours.

The locks, opened in 1774, are a Grade 1 listed structure and have been awarded a Red Wheel plaque by the Transport Trust. They were designed by John Longbotham of Halifax and built by four local stonemasons: John Sugden of Wilsden and Barnabus Morvil, Jonathan Farrar and William Wild of Bingley.

They represent a remarkable feat of engineering still in daily use over twoo hundred years later.

Other nearby places of interest include Shipley Glen Tramway, Bradford Industrial Museum, Haworth and East Riddlesden Hall.

Bingley 5 Rise Locks


5 Rise Locks at Bingley