Shropshire Union Canal

The Shropshire Union Canal stretches from Ellesmere Port  through Chester, to Autherley Junction, Wolverhampton. The Middlewich Branch runs from Middlewich (Trent & Mersey Canal) to Barbridge , where it joins the main Shropshire Union. Our Canal Guide shows you everything boaters might need in each city, town & village - including shops, pubs & restaurants, post offices and laundry services.

Header photo by Jen Newall

Shropshire Union Canal Telegraph pole bridge

Ellesmere Port to Nantwich...

Ellesmere Port

  • National Waterways Museum: Combined Services
  • Br 147A Combined Services/Pump-out
  • Barbara's Ironing & Laundry Service. 48 Enfield Rd. CH65 8BZ. 0151 356 1777
  • Home & Dry. 63 Merseyton Rd. CH65 2AW. 0151 355 1317

Stoak

  • St Lawrence C Of E Church. Church Lane. CH2 4HP

Chester

  • Br 126 Combined Services/Pump-out
  • Flookersbrook Vet Surgery. 2 Ermine Rd. CH2 3PL. 01244 313311 (N of Station)
  • K9 To 5. Pet Care Store. 102 Brook St. CH1 3DU. 01244 347565 (grooming)
  • Pooch Parlour. 26a Vicars Cross Rd. CH3 5NL. 01244 519310 (grooming)
  • Poochini. 140b Christleton Rd. CH3 5TD. 01244 311311 (grooming)
  • Storrar Practice. 26 Foregate St. CH3 5DH. 01244 311106 (vets - Bridge Inn/Waitrose)
  • Cheltenham Lodge (B&B). 56-58 Hoole Rd. CH2 3NL. 01244 346767
  • Chester Town House (C17th B&B). 23 King St. CH1 2AH. 01244 350021
  • Laburnham House (B&B). 2 St Anne St. CH1 3HS. 01244 380313
  • Pied Bull. 57 Northgate St. CH1 2HQ. 01244 325829 (Restaurant / Hotel / Old Coaching Hse)
  • Premier Inn Chester CC. 20-24 City Rd. CH1 3AE. 0871 527 8234
  • Aldi Bumpers Lane. Hartford Way. CH1 4NT. (Moor near Lock Keeper)
  • Aldi. Tarvin Rd. CH3 5ND. 0800 042 0800 (Moor outside Bridge Inn)
  • Farmers Butchers. 65 Garden Lane. CH1 4EW. 01244 372951 (walk from tower wharf)
  • One Stop. 73 Garden Lane. CH1 4EW. 01244 370740 (walk from tower wharf moorings)
  • Tesco Superstore. Frodsham St. CH1 3JJ. (Moor near Lock Keeper)
  • Waitrose. 71 Boughton. CH3 5AF. 01244 342900 (Moor fairly close outside!)

Christleton

  • Br 122 Water
  • Christleton Stores & Newsagents. Village Rd. CH3 7AS. 01244 335425
  • St James Church. Birch Heath Lane. CH3 7AP. 01244 335663 (Rectory)

Waverton

  • Best Butty AKA Eggbridge Rolls. Guy Lane. CH3 7NB. 01244 335295
  • The Black Dog. Whitchurch Rd. CH3 7PB. 01244 335020 (a bit of a walk from canal)
  • Evangelical Church. Eggbridge Lane LANE. CH3 7PE. 01244 332409
  • St Peter's Anglican Church. Village Rd. CH3 7QN. 01244 336668

Bunbury

Barbridge

  • S of junction Br 101-100 Water/Refuse

Acton

Nantwich

  • S of Br 92 Combined Services incl Shower/Launderette/Refuse
  • Chandlery @ Nantwich Marina.
  • Barclays. 11 Churchyardside. CW5 5DH
  • HSBC. 47 High St. CW5 5DB
  • Nantwich PO. 32 Pepper St. CW5 5FH. (PO does not do parcel collection)
  • NatWest. 36 High St. CW5 5GA
  • Washbasin Laundrette. Nantwich Marina. Basin End. Chester Rd. CW5 8LB. 07950 303501 (For a small charge Sharon/Rachael will also receive parcels or other mail for you - very useful service!!)*R
  • Useful Canalside shop in Nantwich Marina selling gifts & groceries, otherwise walk into town...
  • Aldi. Station Rd. CW5 5SP. 0800 042 0800
  • McColls Convenience Store. 23 Meanee Drive. CW5 5AG. 01270 625528
  • Morrisons. Station Rd. CW5 5SP. 01270 627426
  • Oddfellows Arms. 97 Welsh Row. CW5 5ET. 01270 624758 (Welcoming/Good Karaoke Sat) *R
  • Street. 35 Welsh Row. CW5 5ED. 01270 625539 (Grill/Bar - bit different)
  • Railway Hotel. Pillory St. CW5 5BG. 01270 623482 (Local & National Live Music Venue)
  • Waterside Cafe. Chester Rd. CW5 8LB. 01270 748283 (Canal side - excellent breakfasts!) *R

Barbridge to Autherley Junction...

Barbridge

  • S of junction Br 101-100 Water/Refuse

Audlem

  • Lock 14-13 Water/Combined Services/Refuse
  • ATM Free Cash Point At Co-Op. Shropshire St. CW3 0DX
  • Audlem PO @ Lllovely Chocolate. 11 Cheshire St.
  • Williams of Audlem. Manchester House. 1 Shropshire St. CW3 0AG. 01270 811210
  • Audlem Dry Cleaners. The Square. CW3 0AD. 01270 811593
  • Overwater Marina. Coole Lane. CW5 8AY. 01270 812677  (shuttle boat between marina & town at weekends £1 each way)
  • Coole Hall Farm B&B. Coole Pilate. CW5 8AU. 01270 811232 (no website)
  • Little Heath Farm. CW3 0HE. 01270 811324
  • Audlem Charity Shop. 10 Shropshire St. CW3 0DX. 01270 811253
  • Audlem Cyclesport. 16 The Square. CW3 0AD. 01270 811333
  • Audlem Mill Canal & Needlework Shop. The Wharf. CW3 0DX. 01270 811059
  • Audlem Pine & Interiors. 07843 679402
  • Audlem Upholstery. 8 Shropshire St. CW3 0DX. 01270 811155 (incl Boat Cushion Recovering)
  • Dressing Rooms. Kingbur Place. CW3 0DL. 01270 811991 (Upholstery/MtM Curtains/Blinds)
  • The Flower Divas. 9 Shropshire St. 01270 812434 (Floral Designers)
  • Jo's Couture Cakes. Kingbur Place. CW3 0DL.
  • LLLovely Chocolate & Ice Cream. 11 Cheshire St. 07854 410250 (& Post Office)
  • buses: By St James Church. 61, 73 (plus few others) To Nantwich / Whitchurch

Adderley

  • Honesty Box At Top Lock Sells Fresh Farm Produce (Bacon, Sausages, Eggs, Pork Pies, Etc)

Market Drayton

  • Br 63 Water/Combined Services/Pump-out
  • Tyrley Wharf: Combined Services/Refuse
  • Talbot Wharf. Newcastle Rd. TF9 1HW. 01630 652641 (Gas/Coal/Moorings/Chandlery)
  • Hermitage B&B 3*. 44 Stafford St. TF9 1JB. 01630 658508
  • Milford B&B. Adderley Rd. TF9 3SW. 01630 655249
  • Tudor Hotel. Cheshire St. TF9 1PD. 01630 657806
  • Asda. 32 Stafford St. TF9 1HY. 01630 606800
  • Lidl. Towers Lawn, Cheshire St. TF9 3AA. 0800 977 7766
  • taxis: Ultimate. 01952 813636. (Cars/MPVs/Minibuses) Newport & take cards
  • Crown. 15 Victoria Rd. TF9 3DP. 01630 478247 (Regular Live Music)
  • Joiners Arms. 5 Shrewsbury Rd. TF9. 01630 656576 (Karaoke/Disco nights)
  • Joule's Brewery. Great Hale St. TF9 1JP. 01630 654400
  • Kings Arms. 49 Shropshire St. TF9 3DA. 01630 655413
  • Red Lion Inn. Great Hale St. TF9 1JP. 01630 652602
  • Stag's Head. 12 High St. TF9 1QB. 01630 657012

Cheswardine

  • bridge 53 or 55  (where there is also a waterpoint) Village is 15min walk away (uphill, so not for faint-hearted!) with shop & pub...
  • Br 55 Water
  • The Village Shop. High St. TF9 2RW. 01630 661322 (Mon-Fri: 7.30-10am, 3-5pm. Sat & BH: 9-11am. Sun 9-10.30)

Norbury Junction

  • Br 38 Combined Services incl Showers/Refuse
  • Norbury Wharf Chandlery. ST20 0PN. 01785 284292
  • Coal/Gas/Diesel Available At The Wharf. 01785 284292
  • Facilities @ Norbury Wharf Boatyard. (Service Wash Only)
  • @ The Wharf. ST20 0PN. 01785 284292
  • The Junction Inn. ST20 0PN. 01785 284288 (Canaside Pub & Restaurant/Dog
  • Friendly)Norbury Wharf Licensed Tearooms. The Wharf. ST20 0PN. 01785 284292

Gnosall

  • Br 35 Water
  • A JJ & H Wright. Wharf Rd. ST20 0DA. 01785 823503
  • Gnosall Service Station. Station Rd. ST20 0EZ. 01785 822364 (Texaco)
  • Hair-Care. 116 Wharf Rd. ST20 0DA. 01785 822281
  • Jane Wendi Sogorgeous. 24 High St. ST20 0EX. 01785 823868
  • Bubbles. 6 Cobham Parade. WF1 2DY. 01924 826108
  • Laundry Care. Unit 5, Thornes Lane Wharf. WF1 5RF. 01924 384440

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  • Something Iced Cakes. 2 High St. ST20 0EX. 01785 824656
  • taxis: Eye Travel. 3 Glebe Meadow. Woodseaves. 01785 336123 (minibus/car/will do vets)
  • Bengal Spice. 1 Station Rd. ST20 0EZ. 01785 823248 (takeaway)
  • Boat Inn. Wharf Rd. ST20 0DA. 01785 822208
  • George & the Dragon Micro Pub. 46 High St. ST20 0EX. 07779 327551
  • Gnosall Fish Bar. Newport Rd. ST20 0BL. 01785 822806
  • Horns Inn
  • Royal Oak. Newport Rd. ST20 0BL. 01785 822362

Church Eaton

  • Buses: 877 To Stafford (Outside Pub), Or To Wolverhampton (Opposite Pub)

Wheaton Aston

  • Br 35 Water, Pump Out, Elsan
  • Turners. The Garage. 49 Long St. ST19 9NF. 01785 840286. (Inc. gas & diesel)
  • Split Enzs. 93 Pinfold Lane. ST19 9PD. 01785 841056
  • Sunny Bank Park. Sunny Bank, Lapley. ST19 9QH. 01785 840646 (Bar with live music...)
  • Bridge Farm. Free range eggs
  • Whitegate Farm Shop. Ivetsy Bank. ST19 9QT

Brewood

  • Beau. 12 Market Place. ST19 9BS. 01902 850328
  • The Bridge Inn's Launderette. (Industrial size machines £3 wash, £1.50 dry)

Autherley Junction

  • Water, Refuse (no longer any Elsan facilities)
  • ATM Morrisons. Pendeford Park SC. (Free)
  • ATM One Stop Community Store. 66 Oxley Moor Rd. WV10 6TU. (Free)
  • Pendeford Park PO. Martins. Pendeford Park SC. WV9 5NP. 01902 786500
  • Napton Narrowboats. Autherley Junction. Oxley Moor Rd. WV9 5HW. 01902 789942
  • Oxley Marina.The Wharf. Oxley Moor Rd. WV10 6TZ. 01902 789522
  • Aldi. Mercury Drive. WV10 6DG. 0844 406 8800 (Other side of golf course)
  • Morrisons. Pendeford Park SC. Blaydon Rd. WV9 5PG. 01902 397600
  • One Stop. 66 Oxley Moor Rd. WV10 6TU. 01902 618076
  • Martin's. Pendeford Park SC. Blaydon Rd. WV9 5NP. 01902 786500
  • Pendeford Park SC. Blaydon Rd. WV9 5NP. (10 min walk from bridge 66)
  • Gatehouse. Donnington Grove. WV10 6EE. 01902 426372 (Beyond golf course)

Middlewich Branch...

Middlewich

  • No services until you turn on to Trent & Mersey or main Shropshire Union
  • Check Marinas / Boatyards for Services (May be charges for Elsan, Pump-out etc)
  • Barclays. 24-26 Wheelock St. CW10 9AQ
  • Middlewich PO. 24 Levin St. CW10 9AS. 01606 837026 (@ Rowlands Pharmacy)
  • NatWest. 2 Hightown. CW10 9AW
  • Andersen Boats. The Boatyard. 11 Wych-House Lane. CW10 9BQ. 01606 833668

 

  • Lidl. Chester Rd. CW10 9ET. 0800 977 7766
  • Morrisons. 30 Newton Bank. CW10 9EX. 01606 369370
  • Tesco Express. 1-3 Wheelock St. CW10 9AG. 0345 675 7003
  • Tesco Superstore. Wallcroft Gardens. off Wheelock St. CW10 9BW. 0345 671 9614

Church Minshull

  • The Badger Inn. Cross Lane. CW5 6DY. 01270 522348 (Pub/Restaurant/Hotel)

Venetian Marina

  • Venetian Marina Cafe. @ Venetian Marina. CW5 6AP

Barbridge