Virtual open day at Bingley Five-Rise

The UK's steepest lock flight Bingley Five Rise, has received two new lock gates as part of a major restoration project.

Explore our interactive picture, meet our experts and hear what we've been up to at Bingley Five-Rise.

We've replaced the giant gates at Lock 25 and Lock 26. Each set of lock gates weighs six tonnes (the equivalent of an adult African elephant). Standing 7-metres tall, they are also some of the tallest lock gates in the country.

Due to the complexity of the site, our construction experts worked with specialist waterways' contractor Rothen Group to safely move the lock gates into position, with a 40-tonne crane boat located within the drained lock chamber carrying out the heavy lifting of the lock gates and balance beams.  

The new lock gates have been hand-crafted using traditional methods in our specialist workshops at Stanley Ferry in Yorkshire. A single lock gate can take up to 20 days to make and has a working life of around 25 years. In order to be watertight, they need to be built very precisely, fitting snugly to the masonry of the 248-year-old lock walls.

When completed in 1774, around 30,000 people gathered to watch the first boats make the 60-foot descent through Bingley Five Rise Locks. Today, nearly 250 years later, the flight is still in daily use, providing access to 16 miles of lock-free cruising on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in the glorious scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. A mix of seasonal staff and volunteers are on hand to assist boats through during the busiest months of the year.

The project videos

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Last date edited: 8 June 2022