Looking from the inside of the curve at the junction it’s hard to believe that that Boardman’s Bridge Branch once continued almost straight ahead through the far bank, where the Ravenhead Branch curves to the right.
With canal restoration seriously proposed it’s a little surprising that a recently installed footbridge has been constructed with such limited clearance, especially as there aren’t any obvious reasons why it couldn’t have been constructed with navigation clearances.
The wildlife is quite happy with the restored sections of canal. In the distance is a railway bridge which, like many other bridges in St Helens, is just above water level. The narrows nearer the camera mark the location of a swing bridge.
The line of the canal is still available for restoration where this hasn’t already been been done. Here the route passses through the grass and through the vacant arch of Corporation Street Bridge. The towpath is walkable, the other side of the fence and passing through the next arch.
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.