Start of the Gerard’s Bridge Branch

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End of the St Helens Canal
Start of the Gerard’s Bridge Branch

The Gerard’s Bridge Branch starts at the junction by the bridge and passes to the left, behind the camera.  The main line of the St Helens Canal runs to the right through the Old Double Locks past the bridge, and the Blackbrook Branch heads straight away from the camera.

Waterway and Kilometerage HELENS-GBB 21.180
OS Grid Reference SJ 56578 94883
Date and Time 160114 101213
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Crossing the Weir

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Crossing the Wier
Crossing the Wier

The footpath / cyclepath regains the line of the towpath to the west of Park Road.  A bridge has been constructed over the weir which allows excess water from the remaining canal to flow into the Sankey Brook.  It’s flowing quickly after recent heavy rain but the water level in the canal is still above normal as we will see in the photo’s nearer St Helens.

Waterway and Kilometerage HELENS-GBB 21.865
OS Grid Reference SJ 52935 95937
Date and Time 160114 115743
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Underwater Junction

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Underwater Junction
Underwater Junction

Exceptionally high water levels after heavy rain means the towpath is under water at the junction.  Running from behind the camera and straight ahead is the Gerard’s Bridge Branch while the Boardman’s Bridge Branch heads to the left near the building.

Waterway and Kilometerage HELENS-GBB 22.970
OS Grid Reference SJ 52035 96317
Date and Time 160114 122033
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