The high water levels make it almost impossible to distinguish where the junction is. We are looking from the New Double Locks at the end of the Boardman’s Bridge Branch with the Gerard’s Bridge Branch running left (to the end of navigation) and right (to the main St Helens Canal).
The bottom of the two lock staircase, known as the New Double Locks. These were restored some time ago and have been allowed to deteriorate but still show what is possible. The exceptionally high water levels after heavy rain mean the lock is half full even though the bottom gates are open.
The restored centre gates of the two lock staircase known as the New Double Locks have been allowed to deteriorate, but still show what is possible and it’s possible to imagine boats cruising through here one day.
The two lock staircase at the end of the Boardman’s Bridge Branch of the St Helens Canal was restored some time ago but has been allowed to decline a little. It’s still recognisable as a working lock and helps boost the idea that restoration of the rest of the canal is possible.