Bingley Five Rise Locks

Bingley Five Rise Locks

Bingley Five Rise Locks, Beck Lane, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 4DS.

Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways. It is an ideal location for delivering the new national curriculum requirements for Geography fieldwork and a local area history study. 

A visit to Five Rise Locks gives school groups the opportunity to unearth secrets of the local area through first hand observation and historical enquiry, hear from people who lived and worked on the canal on our interactive history trail and discover what makes it so special.

Our Local Studies pack provides an introduction to studying your local area, around the classroom and nearby canals and rivers, and supports the History and Geography curriculum.

Please note this site has no toilets or parking. 


KS1 KS2 Build a Canal

This session helps children to understand how and why canals were built and how they changed Britain. It provides an interactive way of discussing local industry and how the arrival of the canals shaped the landscape.

KS1 KS2 How does a lock work?

Our volunteers will demonstrate one of the Five Rise Locks and explain how it works. If you're lucky you might even see a boat going through the lock!

KS1 KS2 Building Bridges

Have a go at building model canal bridges and find out why arches are such a good shape.

KS1 KS2 Floating & Sinking 

This workshop will help children develop a clearer understanding of the factors affecting whether something sinks or floats. 

KS1 KS2 Habitats: Mini-Pond Dipping; Mini-beast Hunting

Our waterways offer rich and varied habitats so spotting wildlife is guaranteed! This workshop helps children discover the rich variety of mini-beasts and wildlife that rely on water to live and grow. Activities include a mini-pond dipping activity and exploring different wildlife habitats along the canal towpath and around the north bog.

KS1 KS2 Guided Trails

A guided history and heritage trail is available around Five Rise Locks and a guided wildlife trail is available around the north bog.

Self-guided Trails

Our downloadable trails introduce children to the history and wildlife of Bingley Five Rise Locks.

Learning Resources

Use the following resources to support learning on your trip and back in the classroom:

Discovery Trail

Wildlife Explorers Trail

Be a Canal Spy

All About Canals

All About the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Canal & River Habitats Learning Bundle

Find out more about Bingley Five Rise Locks.


Visits to Bingley Five Rise Locks are FREE!