I was so impressed with my ride along the towpath of the Liverpool and Leeds Canal in August that I went along again in October for second time to see more of it.
Both rides were based on Leeds, the first an out and back ride, but for this ride took the train to Bingley and cycled back to Leeds.
At Bingley are a series of impressive locks. - one group of five and a further group of three. Boats are raised/lowered a height of 60 feet at the five rise locks and half that distance by the smaller staircase locks.
Below is an aerial view of the Five Lock System where we start the ride having travelled by train from Sheffield via Leeds. The locks are a short distance North of Bingley Station but not difficult to find as the canal is next to the station.
Cost-wise an economical journey, by using a Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket for the Derby/Sheffield return trip, a single Sheffied to Bingley and a single Leeds back to Sheffield. Total cost £16.70.
From the top lock turn round and head down the steep path adjacent path and on our way to Leeds.
Sustrans milepost at Shipley.
Regional route signs have a blue background to the numbers.
An excellent ride alongside the Liverpool and Leeds Canal., mainly on good surfaces with no hills. Lots of interesting industrial architecture to see and some nice countryside views as well.
Good access from Leeds Railway Station with train links along the line towards Skipton.