Seen here from the St Helens Canal towpath are the cottages in the nearby village of Vulcan - once home to an important rubber industry but more importantly for the iron foundry which built locomotives for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company. Before you cross the Sankey Brook the canal can be crossed at Hey lock to make a detour to the village if you wish.
Halfway round the St Helens Canal walk a private access road leads to Bradlegh Old Hall - this was a historic moated house wher Richard III once stayed. All that remains today is the moat and old gatehouse.
The town of Earlestown itself was not the subject of our visit but rather a pleasant 3 mile walk along the St Helens Canal towpath, across the Sankey brook and along a lane flanked by fertile farmland on one side and oak trees on the other and eventually heading full circle back to the swing bridge of the canal.