This video is about Saltaire and our journey on our narrowboat DunWorkin
We left Bingley top lock on 30th July 2018, the weather was overcast with a temperature of 19 degrees Celsius. We cruised for about 3 hours, passing 11 locks and 1 swing bridge arriving in Saltaire at about 12.30pm.
Saltaire is a lovely little pennine village on the River Aire. Salts Mill is definitely worth a visit with a lovely art gallery which showcases local artist David Hockney along with independent shops and cafe's. Roberts Park is right next to the canal and has a children's playground.
We stayed in Saltaire for 2 nights and left on a cloudy August day, we cruised for about an hour passing through Shipley and 2 swing bridges and moored just before swing bridge 211.
we followed the footpath from the swing bridge, crossed the River Aire and took the footpath to Esholt where we had lunch at The woolpack Inn.(Emmerdales famous pub)
On Friday 3rd August we left our mooring below swing bridge 211 and travelled up to Rodley, passing through 4 swing bridges and 5 locks (Field Locks and Dobson Locks)crossing the beautiful Aire Valley.
We travelled about 4 miles and cruised for 5 hours. We had to wait a while at Field Locks as work was being carried out on the lock doors,
Bingley Five Rise one of the seven wonders of the canal world.
We arrived at Bingley top lock on 16th July, the five rise; the steepest flight of locks in UK opened in March 1774 and has a gradient of 1:5. The locks are permanently manned by CRT lock keepers due to the complexity of working staircase locks, and are therefore kept padlocked out of hours.
These were the first staircase locks we had encountered so far, and was grateful that they were supervised, especially as they are considered a tourist attraction and any boats passing through often attract a crowd of gongoozlers.
Our arrival at the locks marked the end of 18 miles of level waterway and interestingly according to the Nicholson guide the canal was moved sideways by 400yards in 1994 to allow the construction of a new road. While standing on the pedestrian footbridge you can now see three modes of transport: road, rail and canal.
We stayed at Bingley top lock until 30th July, during this time we travelled by train to Kent for a family function, returning to the boat on 21st July. The weather was beautiful continuing to be hot and dry. Unfortunately this led to closures on the Leeds and Liverpool canal due to water shortages, Wigan to Gargrave was already closed and Bingley Locks were now restricted passage. Boats travelling down the locks could descent between 0900 and 1200, those boats ascending the locks could pass between 1300 to 1600.
Our narrowboat quest, Leaving Skipton West Yorkshire England UK.
There are 2 week moorings between swing bridges 176 and 177 with 72 hour moorings further up in Skipton. With good facilities and several water points Skipton is very popular and we stayed for 10 days. There is a Morrisons supermarket and train station almost next to the canal, several good pubs and the high street within easy walking distance.
We did a lovely circular walk up the Spring Branch of the canal, through the castle woods and back into the town. In fact we did this walk twice as Sue and Steve visited from London so took them on the walk along with exploring the town and a pub lunch. The following day we collected some provisions and cruised down to Bradley for a BBQ picnic with our friends before returning to Skipton. As it was a Friday, Skipton was really busy with hire boats and we only just about found a spot to moor on our return.
The weather was hot and sunny throughout our stay with temperatures averaging about 27 degrees. When we left we filled up with diesel and water, cruised down to Snaygill where there is an Aldi where we picked up some provisions. The following day was a 3 hour cruise to Kildwick( famous for its composting loo) where we stayed for 2 days before travelling past Silsden and onto Keighley where we moored up between bridges 194 and 195 in a lovely wooded area for 2 nights before our onward journey to Bingley.