A busy day today, and we still have the strong winds. We completed a total of 11 locks, including 3 staircases, Bingley 5 Rise, Bingley 3 Rise and Dowley Gap 2 Rise, plus 5 swing bridges. Although we did have lock keeper assistance at both the Bingley staircases. The day didn’t go without complications, one of the swing bridges wouldn’t close, eventually we were told just to slam it to drop the locking mechanism, which did the trick and we could get our key back out. Stopped for lunch at Saltaire and had a very nice meal in the Boathouse Inn, afterwards visiting Salts Mill, which includes the David Hockney Gallery. On returning back to the boat we found that some low life had thrown my flowers and life ring overboard, we might have given the wind the benefit of the doubt if it hadn’t been for the footprints left on the gunwhale. Leaving Saltaire we immediately pass through Shipley, but moorings didn’t look inviting so we went a little further into countryside.
Yet another strange paddle gear
Exiting the last chamber
Looking back at Bingley 5 Rise
Looking down Bingley 3 Rise, dropping 30 ft
Exiting Dowley Gap 2 Rise, dropping 18 ft 4 ins
Saltaire, built by Sir Titus Salt in 1853, moored between New Mill (NHS) and Salts Mill
A view of New Mill (NHS) and the River Aire