Planning your visit
Address: Five Rise Locks Café, Beck Lane, Bingley, BD16 4DS View on Google map
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café
Bingley Five Rise Locks are one of the most awesome features on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. They are the steepest staircase locks on the longest canal in the country! Probably why they are one of our Seven wonders of the waterways.
Actually, Bingley boasts two sets of locks - the larger lock flight features the five locks and stunning views of the Aire Valley. At the top of the flight there is a cafe and a private mooring site for boats. Lock keepers are on duty during the summer months to help boats through the locks and monitor water levels.
A little further down the towpath are the three locks. Together they form a very popular spot to ride your bike, take a walk or dangle a rod.
Take to the towpath:
Places to eat:
- Five Rise Locks Café
- The Fisherman's
- The Ferrand Arms
- The Brown Cow
- Five Rise Locks Hotel & Restaurant
There are several benches and picnic tables
- Bingley to Saltaire audio and smartphone trail
- Family Trail - help Brian and David discover why the Five Rise Locks are so special
- Be a Canal Spy! - use your best detective skills to find out about the Bingley Five Rise Locks
- Explorer's trail
The fields are full of Arum Lily, Yellow Flag Iris and Cuckooflower, and a whole range of creatures - butterflies, dragonflies and mallards are all common and you may catch a glimpse of the otters! Wildlife Explorers; discover the amazing wildlife that lives in and around the canal
By car - there's limited on-street parking in the area, several pay & display options in town, or park at Bingley Station car park (Wellington Street BD16 2NA) and walk along the towpath
By train - Bingley Station is just a few minutes to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and then the five rise locks are a 10 or so minute walk up the towpath