A Visit to Bingley’s famous Five Rise Locks

A Visit to Bingley’s famous Five Rise Locks

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On Tuesday 12 January, Year 5 pupils and staff enjoyed an interesting and exhilarating day exploring the Five Rise Locks in Bingley, as part of their IPC topic ‘Go with the Flow’.

This term’s topic provided the opportunity to ‘dive’ into the exciting world of rivers and examine the impact on the people and landscape in the past, present and future.

‘Bingley Five Rise Locks are, without doubt, one of the most spectacular features of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with its magnificent, steep staircase of locks’, said Miss Akhtar. ‘So where better to study Britain’s waterways than along one of the longest canals in the country ’.
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Five Rise 2On arrival in Bingley, the primary pupils met up with a group of volunteers from the National Rivers Trust who were only too happy to provide an interesting and informative tour: explaining about the history of the canal and specifically how the complex series of locks worked.

‘I learnt a lot of things, one of which is that the Liverpool and Leeds canal is 127 and ¼ miles long’, said Halimah Chaudry.

Pupils were delighted when the lock-keeper demonstrated how the various ‘paddles’ opened and closed to let the boats in..

‘My favourite thing was leaning all about the gate paddles and the ground paddles’, said Laiba Waheed.

Children were fascinated to learn how the locks worked: raising or lowering the water level to accommodate the boats passing through each stretch of water.

‘The lock staircase is where the locks open directly from one to another, with the top gate of one forming the bottom gate of the next’, the lock-keeper explained.

‘Water pressure on the uphill side of the gate keeps it tightly closed until the water levels on either side are equal, then the gate can be opened and the boat moved to the next chamber’.

As the water flowed into the lock, thus raising the water level, the lock-keeper encouraged pupils to stand on the small bridge above the gate. This gave pupils a better view but proved quite daunting for some:

Five Rise 1‘We had lots of fun but we had to cross a very scary thin bridge, we were all scared!’ explained Nidah Hamdani.

Following their study of the lock system, pupils enjoyed a nature trail through the Bingley bogs. This offered the opportunity to view a whole host of wildlife that lived around the canal: butterflies, dragonflies, kingfishers and mallards were just a few spotted.

‘Going to Bingley Five Rise was a fabulous experience. My favourite part was going on its
nature trail. We got to find out many amazing facts about animals. I read out a fact
about the fruit bats’, said Serena Ahmed.

‘Our trip was fabulous as we learnt loads of exceptional facts and my favourite part was the nature trail because we learnt all about the different species of animals and who made the canal’, said Ushbah Hussain.

‘All the pupils really enjoyed the visit to Bingley’, said Miss Akhtar. ‘It has certainly provided an inspiring entry point into this term’s fascinating topic and can now be linked into other areas of the curriculum’.

Further pics can be viewed here: Five-Rise-Locks-pics