Looking back along the Blackbrook Branch to the Junction, where the black and white footbridge is just visible, with the end of the St Helens Canal (to the left) and the Gerard’s Bridge Branch swinging around to the right.
There’s very little clearance under Blackpool Road Bridge which carries a busy road across the canal. Providing an opening bridge here will be very unpopular with road users which, together with the cost, means its unlikely the Blackbrook Branch will be restored for navigation in the near future, especially as it doesn’t lead anywhere.
Just a short distance from the path along the Blackbrook Branch of the St Helens Canal is the partially restored Stanley Mill. A slitting mill was established here in the late 18th century, which split iron bars into thinner rods which were eventually made into nails.
In the mid 19th century this was converted into a corn mill before being demolished in the early 20th century.