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Boats moored on the Shropshire Union Canal on a sunny day


This pretty village is famous for its run of 15 locks, which drop 93ft over one and a half miles on the Shropshire Union Canal. Interpretration panels by the towpath describe how the locks work and the canal's history.

The area was famous for its 'fly-boats' (barges pulled by horses). These travelled between Birmingham, Audlem and Ellesmere Port. As speed was essential, they travelled through the night non-stop - so it's possible they're the origins of the term 'on the fly'?

Things to see and do

With its canalside pubs and attractive towpath, the walk alongside the locks is one of the finest in lowland England.

  • Address

    Audlem Mill, Shropshire Street, Audlem, Crewe, CW3 0DX

  • Opening times

    Towpath is open everyday

  • Prices

    Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

  • Toilets

    At the pubs or in Audlem centre

Getting here

  • By car

    The closest car park is at The Shroppie Fly (pub) or in the village centre

photo of a location on the canals
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