Friday, April 12, 2013

Arrived at Bingley Five Rise

A problem that we have have is the very iffy signal that allows the mobile to get onto the internet.  It is ok out of the boat but inside can be nonexistant.

 Lemonroyd lock.  Apart from the Marina this is also the site of the oil refinery that the tankers that are seen coming this way end up at.

Moored up and across the canal we could see this.  Very unusual shape.  It turns  out to be a generator unit.  The unit is anchored in the flow near a weir (I think) and wired up and off it goes.

The turbines are attached to the paddles you can see here.

Heading up stream past the refinery.

The lock is manned.  Hooray. Sadly the reason its manned is because there are hydraulic problems with the top gates. While I go through maintenance check out the system.

Concrete Bridge and the motorway ahead.

First boats for a while.  The river is quiet but maybe its because Spring is still light years away.

Coming up to the outskirts of Leeds.

 The Royal Armoury is just around the corner

 Through the bridge into the dock

Moored up in Clarence Dock right next to the Armoury. Not a lot of room and I bet it will be crowded come the summer months.

Plenty of things to look at inside and its free.

The mooring from the bridge over the entrance to the dock.  As you can see its pretty full already.

The view up into the large tower with stairs going around it and further views out over Leeds as you go up

Cromwell's horseman

and something from India.

Down into the heart of the Armoury.  Cafe and picnic spots on several floors.

From the tower and down to the lock

and over the middle of Leeds.

We spent one night at Granary Wharf which is right next to Leeds railway station.  Very quiet and minutes from the centre.  Visit the market and see the Victorian ironwork.

Out of the city and its back to countryside and Kirklees Abbey over the otherside of the river.

Multiple locks and I must say that I have never seen a towpath being so busy.  If only CRT could charge a penny for each user their money problems would be over. :-) There was hardly a moment without someone in sight who was walking, biking or running.

Still on the outskirts of Leeds and the number of flats that are here is enormous and they are almost all new.

Plenty of wooded areas

and more multiple locks.

The problem now are the number of swing bridges.  You do not want to try to travel far on the Leeds Liverpool if you are on your own.  With very few exceptions every mooring for the bridge is on the wrong side and there is absolutely no provision to get off of the side you need to be on to operate the bridge. No doubt it can be done but it would be such a faff and there are so many of them.

The view from the galley window  on mooring up for the night.

Quickly snapped this near Shipley.  Bit different isn't it.

A lovely day and its nice open countryside.

but it does get a little crowded in places.

 The flowers on the bows got themselves well watered as we go through the lock as the gates are leaking a bit.

More multiple locks and a number of them have brand new gates on them.

A multiple three in readiness  for the Bingleys

Views across country appearing through the hedges

Industrial buildings turning up.

The reason being that this is Saltaire.   Nice to see the buildings in such good nick.

Moorings all the way along here and icecream being sold just after it.

Stopped for the night just short of a multiple lock. Lots of work been done along here.

Barges being unloaded of spoil.

The end of the aqueduct has work going on and  the towpath is closed and routed around it.

The double lock just a few hundred yards short of the Bingley Three rise. A mooring just before it is very handy.

Coming up to Bingley

Stopped for a while at the Three as the lock gates at the top are locked and unmanned.  Rang up CRT and aomeone is on the way.

Underway and looking back down the flight. These take us up 30 foot

Past the blue cabin can be seen the Five rise.

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