Saturday May 22 Shipley to Saltaire and Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock (4 miles, 11 locks, 3 sbs)
Today was forecasted to have fair weather, so we intended to potter up to World Heritage Site Saltaire for 1000, visit the art exhibition, and continue through single, double, triple and 5 Rise staircases at Bingley. Typically, the special exhibition did not open until 11am (we had been told 10am yesterday), so we set off.
The locks began with a deep single lock, followed by a double staircase lock which had heavy, stiff gates and very stiff paddles. We think there seemed to be a leak from the lower chamber, maybe the cill or a dodgy paddle, as the full top chamber was emptied into the lower chamber to equalise levels, and the level was so low that we could see the ground paddles culverts and rubbed against the top lock cill on moving forward into the top chamber.
Reaching the famous Bingley 5 Rise locks, we were ushered in by a second lock keeper, and the two of them saw both boats up these very deep staircase locks, rising 60 feet to the 17 mile canal pound which takes you to Skipton and beyond.