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Audlem


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

Audlem 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.

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

  • Audlem Lass - water taxi between lock 15 and Overwater Marina

Picnic spot:

There are benches at various locations between Locks 1 and 15

Wildlife spotting:

Swans, ducks, coots and moorhens are regular resident. So if you fancy feeding the ducks, please remember our healthy duck tips.

Getting here

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

Local events