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.
The cycleway keeps close the the Sankey Brook, to the left, as it curves gently across the grass. The canal has been completely filled in and would have run further to the right, probably to the right of the pylon.
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.
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.