Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along the 38 mile long Coventry Canal towpath. Walkers can follow the whole of the route while cyclists can enjoy lovely sections through Coventry and from Marston Junction to Nuneaton.
The canal runs from the centre of Coventry to Fradley Juction, passing through Bedworth, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Polesworth and Tamworth.
Highlights along the canal include the vibrant Coventry Canal Basin with its shops, businesses and art gallery. You'll also pass the splendid Hartshill Country Park which has miles of footpaths and wonderful views over the Anker Valley. There's also some wonderful countryside to enjoy and a series of artworks by local artists on the Arts Trail from the Basin to Hawkesbury Junction. At the end of the route at Fradley Junction there is a nature reserve with excellent bird watching opportunities.
The canal links with the Ashby Canal just north of Bedworth and with the Trent and Mersyet Canal at the end of the route at Fradley Juction near Lichfield. Around here you can also pick up the Lichfield Canal through the city.
Coventry Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Coventry Canal Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Coventry Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Coventry Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
One nice place to stop on the route is The Kings Head at Atherstone. The pub is located in a great spot next to the canal and includes a lovely garden area with views over the water. They have a good menu and can be found close to the train station on Old Watling St with a postcode of CV9 2PA for your sat navs. It's also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Near Alvecote and Polesworth you'll find the lovely Pooley Country Park. The canal runs through the park which includes a number of pretty lakes and the historic ruins of a Benedictine priory. There's also a nice on site tea room where you could stop off for some rest and refreshment.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the west of the city there's the villages of Berkswell,Hampton in Arden and Balsall Common to visit. The former is particularly noteworthy with its Norman church, Grade II listed 16th century inn and the Berkswell Windmill which dates back to 1826. The epic Heart of England Way can also be picked up in this area.
The canal makes up part of National Cycle Route 52 which can be followed north towards Nuneaton, Coalville and Loughborough.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Warwickshire Walks page.