Hirst Lock, Bingley 5 Rise, and Keighley

#HotelBoat A lovely morning at Hirst, guests have seen a Kingfisher having its breakfast, brilliant. A couple of pictures of Hirst, one a bit arty effect and one bright colours, I quite like the slightly arty one, I think.

Hirst Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool near Bingley
Hirst Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool near Bingley
Hirst Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool near Bingley
Hirst Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool near Bingley

Today we have the amazing Bingley 5 Rise. This is either a staircase lock, the top gates of one lock forming the botttom gates of the next or for the geeks among us it is technically a riser lock.

It rises 59 feet 2 inches over a distance of 320 fet and the intermediate bottom gates are the tallest in the country. It really is amazing, as is its fellow the Bingley Three rise. No windlass needed for the three rise as the ground paddles have the big levers attached and the gate paddles, cloughs (is that how you spell it?) are ones that move across rather than up and down the gate (or door as they say on the L&L) .

We will then be moving off above Keighley (pronounced Keithley) where in 1952 there was a large breach that washed away 4 holes of the golf course and washed a work boat into the gap. Only took 3 weeks to repair, but as they were about to re-open vandals caused more damage delaying the opening by 3 days, it was ever thus. It dropped the Skipton pool , 17 mles long, between Bingley and Gargrave by some 2 foot, a lot of water!

Lovely views along here and we see and here the Keighley and worth railway, super.

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