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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
One of the 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways'
Bingley Five Rise is a set of staircase locks where the lock chambers are joined together rather than being separated by pounds or pools of water.
The Locks were designed by John Longbotham of Halifax, who was the Leeds & Liverpool Canal’s first engineer. They have changed little since they were first built in 1774.
Their opening was celebrated with:
"...the ringing of church bells, a band of music, the firing of guns by the neighbouring militia, the shouts of the spectators and the marks of satisfaction so important an event merits."
They were such a marvel of the time that the engineer Johann Hogrewe came over from Prussia in 1777 to record them and the other wonders of the British Waterways.
Today it takes between one hour and 45 minutes to go up the Five Rise Locks and 20 to 30 minutes to come down.
Hear why the Five Rise Locks are so important.
Carpenter Matt Porter reflects on the age of the Five Rise Locks.
The famous Five Rise Locks are much wider, deeper and steeper than any other British flight of staircase locks.
Drawing by Johann Hogrewe made in 1777 showing the Five Rise Locks and original lock keeper’s cottage top right.
In January 2012 and more than 7000 people walked through the locks during an open weekend.
Workmen pose for the camera during repairs to the lock in the dry summer of 1912.
A dramatic watery staircase, raising the canal 18 metres (60ft).
Bingley Heritage Awareness Project:
Last date edited: 20 July 2015