Virtual cruise along the Sankey Canal

The Sankey Canal runs for about 15 miles between St Helens in Lancashire and Widnes in Cheshire, with short branches to Blackbrook and Gerrard's Bridge.

Only two short sections at Widnes and Fidlers Ferry are open for navigation. Much of the canal is in water although some sections have been infilled.

The "virtual journey" runs from north to south, but includes views of the canal looking in either direction.

St Helens Pocket Nook and New Double Lock Gerards Bridge Branch Blackbrook Parr Mill Old Double Lock to Newton Common Newton Common to Winwick Winwick Quay to Sankey Bridges Sankey Bridges to Fidlers Ferry Sankey Bridges to Fidlers Ferry Fidlers Ferry to Spike Island Spike Island and Widnes Lock

The quality of each image has been kept moderately low to enable the pages to load reasonably quickly, although it may take up to 30 seconds for all the pictures on a page to load.

Information is included to help those wishing to walk the route of the canal for themselves.

Click here to begin the virtual tour.

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