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Click any text in red for more info, return with your browsers back buttonHe also built a model village for his workers now called Saltaire, and we were lucky enough to spend a week in September 2011 in an overlookers cottage in George Street.
David Hockney (updated whilst we were there) and Saltaire has an annual festival.
This log follows our exploration on bikes of the Leeds and Liverpool canal from Leeds and through Saltaire and up some amazing flights of locks.
Leaving Leeds we first came to Castleton Mill
then on to Oddy lock (just two locks here):
and the viaduct carrying the Leeds and Thirsk railway over the canal:
Although still close to the industrial areas of Leeds and Bradford, there is a quiet tranquility about the canal
On then to Forge Locks:
Kirkstall brewery just a mile or two back. A good time was being had by all - less of the "quiet tranquility"!
Some mysterious steps lead up and away from the locks!
Then on to Fallwood Marina:
On another day we continued the journey westward, and up some even more remarkable flights of locks.
First we came to Hirst Lock - just one this time:
Then passed the Dowley rise locks (just 2) as viewed from the top:
On through the town of Bingley where first there is a flight of 3 locks, then an amazing flight of 5:
Caen Hill locks on the Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes in Wiltshire. There, 29 locks are spread over 2 miles, and rise 237ft ie 1 in 44. The water is controlled by having large pounds at the side of most locks. At Bingley the water goes from one lock to the next, with only overflow channels from each lock to the canal below. Not surpringly all barge movements are controlled by employed lockkeepers. The present lockkeeper has an MBE for "Services to Inland Waterways in the North".
So some pictures from an exhausted cameraman at the top:
But here is a barge rising through the narrow locks:
We went on to the National Trust property at Riddlestone Hall, which was fascinating:
Then back along the canal to Saltaire
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