Planning your visit
Address: Audlem Mill, Shropshire Street, Audlem, Crewe, CW3 0DX View on Google map
Opening Times: Towpath is open everyday
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets: At the pubs or in Audlem centre
Why not start your fantastic family day out in Cheshire at Audlem. This pretty vilage 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 is 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'?
With its canalside pubs and attractive towpath, the walk alongside the locks is one of the finest in lowland England.
You can visit Audlem Online for all the latest news and events.
Places to eat:
- The Bridge Inn
- The Shroppie Fly (currently closed)
- The Lord Combermere
- The Old Priest House cafe - 2 Stafford Street
- The Tearoom at No.11
- Linden Stores
- Ayaans Indian Cuisine
- The Village Chippy - 13a Cheshire Street
- Audlem Lass - water taxi between lock 15 and Overwater Marina
There are benches at various locations between Locks 1 and 15
Swans, ducks, coots and moorhens are regular resident. So if you fancy feeding the ducks, please remember our healthy duck tips.
By boat - as well as visitor moorings, see our list of facilities available at Audlem
By car - the closest car park is at The Shroppie Fly (pub) or in the village centre