Retrospective post for Saturday 9th August.
|If David took it, we are probably heading away from a swing bridge!|
|More scenery, more clouds.|
|Looking down the Bingley Five Rise|
|And looking up the Five Rise|
|David on the ground paddles at the Five Rise|
|Deep locks, very big gates|
The Bingley Five Rise is famous; considered one of the 'Wonders of the Waterways'. There are other staircases with five chambers - the Foxton Flight has two, one after the other, but those are narrow locks. The 'Five Rise' is five full sized chambers emptying one into the next. From the top you look down on a steep drop, and a view of the Damart factory at the bottom of the 'Three Rise'.
|A less common variant of gate paddle|
It didn't take very long to empty the full top chamber into the empty one below, and then on down the rest of the flight, and we headed for the 'Three Rise'. These are less spectacular, although the rise/drop in each lock is still about 10 feet.
|Descending the Three Rise - Smaller, but still impressive.|
Skipton to Dowley Gap
Miles: 14.5 (Chalice), 0 (Sickle), Locks 8
Total Miles: 513.0, Locks: 266