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ADAPT has produced this guide to cycle routes around the Audlem area, to encourage cycling for both essential local journeys and as a leisure activity. Scroll down to the foot of this page to learn more about the project.
We have produced a total of 30 routes:

  • 6 through routes to nearby towns / destinations
  • 10 circular leisure routes
  • 8 leisure destination routes
  • 6 short local routes for beginners or quick rides.

Many provide options for 'all tarmac' routes, or alternatives including off road sections on canal towpaths / bridleways which can be highly enjoyable when ground conditions are favourable.
The routes are graded easy (E), moderate (M) and harder (H), based on the length, gradients and surface conditions.

How to use the guide:

  • Click on the route you want to see from the route information list beneath the interactive map below OR
  • Choose your route category from the list to the right of the map, Click and choose your route, this displays pin on the interactive map, then click on the pin you want.
  • The route page gives information about the route and advice on using it safely
  • Each route page provides the opportunity to download the route pack as a pdf file containing:
    -a route map
    -the route information ( as it appears on the route page)
    -relevant expanded maps to help you navigate through towns and out of and into Audlem on routes where detailed navigation is required
    -a page of other relevant supporting information.
  • You can now download GPX files of a route for use with mobile devices. We advise GPX users to read the safety information contained in the pdf descriptions.
  • Many routes have options for either being entirely on-road, or including off-road sections of towpth or bridleway. The route tags including off-road sections are marked with a *.
    Why not join one of ADAPT's regular cycle rides, which normally follow the routes in this leaflet. You'll receive a warm welcome and travel at a modest pace suitable for all. All ages are welcome, but children under 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Check out the link below for details of our programme.
    Cycle Ride Programme

Route Information

ADAPT's Transport Group hold regular cycle rides from Audlem throughout the year and are keen invite more participants. We are leisure cyclists, not sports cyclists and and we travel at a modest pace suitable for all. Beginners and returning cyclists

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Enjoy a pleasant rural route between Audlem and Nantwich, without the hassle of the busy and narrow A529! Typically, you can be there in 45 minutes or so.

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The options for reaching Crewe from Audlem divide into an east route (C1) and a west route (C2) which has a greater proportion of traffic free cycling, and the option to shorten the journey using the canal towpath, when conditions permit.

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A very pleasant rural route for cyclists through open country avoiding the main A525 and A530, which are busy and narrow.The exit from Audlem is achieved either by the canal or back lanes to the south of the village.

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Here you have a choice of two back road routes and another shorter route which is evenly split between canal towpath and back roads. All of them are delightfully rural and avoid the narrow and intimidating A529 route.


Our quiet routes to Nantwich are extended by way of the Crewe Greenway to provide a route to both Bentley Motors and Leighton Hospital with a high proportion of traffic free paths and the frenzy of busy roads largely avoided.


Woore can be reached from Audlem by back roads to the south of the main A525 and the route offers stunning views and pleasant open countryside

bag lane

A short, but rewarding ride offering stunning views and quiet open countryside.

Popular Bird spotting lake

An enchanting circular rural route taking in the hamlets of Coxbank, Wilkesley, Calverhall and Ightfield.

Ightfield Church

A group of 5 picturesque rural churches in North Shropshire operate together. A tour of these villages provides views of all 5 'AMICA' churches in a largely circular route through an idyllic landscape, which also has much wildlife interest.

Marbury Mere

A trip out to the popular Llangollen Canal's Wrenbury lift bridge, followed by a circular loop taking in the pretty rural hamlets of Marbury and Norbury. The lift bridge can be a hive of activity in the summer months and can make interesting viewing!

Dismount at Ford

A fairly short rural circular route to the north-west of Audlem, largely on quiet back lanes.

Approaching  Brown Moss

Two attractions of beauty in one peaceful rural ride.


A grand circular tour to the east of Audlem, packed with interest (picturesque countryside, views, a bridleway, a ford and more!).

Llangollen Canal

This route offers the opportunity to sample a short rural section of the Llangollen Canal between Swanley (Bridge 8) and Baddiley (Bridge 14) in a quiet and pleasant rural circular route.


This circular route starts and finishes from Nantwich, but can be based from Audlem by combining it with route N (Audlem — Nantwich).The route follows back roads and lanes taking in delightful countrysidewith 3 canal crossings providing interest


Another Nantwich based circular route which can be based from Audlem by combining it with routes N (Audlem — Nantwich). A pretty circular route to the north of Nantwich, with 2 canal crossings and visits to Worleston and Church Minshull.


A largely out and back trip to Bunbury and its restored Water Mill and canal staircase locks, but with an alternative loop to provide variety on the return journey. Slightly longer than our other routes, but rural, pleasant and fairly flat.


A short out and back trip from Audlem to the popular Dagfields Craft and Antiques complex.


An out and back trip to the Fordhall Organic Farm with its shop and restaurant and other periodic activities. This was England's first community owned farm and led the way in organic farming in the post war years. Lovely wild flower riverside walks.


Enjoy a summer fruit picking cycle ride with two local fruit farms along the way, Bearstone Fruit Farm and Woore Fruit Farm. The latter has a cafe and an innovative concrete free eco-house built with straw.


Visit three counties in one ride! Beautiful countryside throughout and great views. This is hillier than most of our routes, but the gradients are generally moderate and the views make it worthwhile.

Chumley Rhodedendruns

Enjoy a cycling visit to the historic Cholmondley Estate with its gardens, walks, farm shop and tearoom. The route is relatively flat and extends westwards from Audlem via Wrenbury. Note: Admission charges apply.


A peaceful way to travel to the huge Bridgemere Garden Centre with its show gardens, cafes, shopping facilities, etc. The route sets off northwards from Audlem, then turns east to arrive at the edge of the complex from quiet and scenic lanes.


Cycle through the pretty village of Norton in Hales to this 12-acre hillside garden with a diversity of interest. The route utilises quiet lanes, with only short main road sections at the start & finish. Note: Admission charges apply

Animals enroute

A very short but pleasant tour of the back lanes around Audlem. Great way to stretch your legs in less than an hour.

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This can be our shortest ride and may be rewarded with a cuppa at the marina cafe. A perfect way to limber up before tackling our longer routes.

Meander Royals Green

A pleasant short trip of about an hour exploring the quiet back lanes to the south and west of Audlem.

open road Wilkesley

Similar to route A3, but extending further west, this route is typical of the picturesque back lanes to the north and west of Audlem.

Dismount at Ford

This short circular route takes us to the north west of Audlem through quiet lanes with two diverse options at its furthest point.

Sound common

A circular route to the north of Audlem with lots of options to mix back roads and lanes with towpath. The route can be travelled in several configurations and the route notes help you pick the one you fancy.

ADAPT has produced this guide to cycle routes around the Audlem area, to encourage cycling for both essential local journeys and as a leisure activity. We believe this is worthwhile in both improving the health of participants and displacing car journeys.
The Audlem area has rich potential for safe and healthy cycling using the extensive network of lanes, towpaths and bridleways. However, many potential local cyclists are discouraged by the two major, busy, narrow roads each of which bisects the village. We have researched safer and more relaxed routes linking Audlem with surrounding towns and facilities with appealing circular leisure routes of less than 30 miles. These routes largely avoid the main roads and are readily accessible to residents throughout the area. They are a joy to cycle on and we think they will lift your spirits! Also, cycling makes our villages and towns pleasanter places to live, as no air or noise pollution is created.

The overall premise of the guide is to avoid the use of main roads wherever possible. We think this will enhance your experience and allow you to enjoy our lovely area to the full.
Make sure you allow time to explore the beautiful historic village of Audlem with its picturesque flight of 15 locks on the Shropshire Union Canal and 13th century St James' Church, plus interesting shops including a bike shop for any emergencies.
You can learn much more about Audlem elsewhere on Audlem Online.

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