Coventry Canal towpath

Route Details

  • From - to: Close to junction of Leicester Causeway and Stoney Stanton Road to Hawkesbury Lock
  • Distance: 4 miles each way
  • Type: Canal towpath, flat and traffic-free
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 52

Route Description

The Coventry Canal survived the severe bombing of the city during the blitz, but after the war was in danger of being built over. It was saved by local volunteers. The restored Coventry Canal Basin is now home to shops, small businesses and an art gallery, as well as a colourful collection of narrowboats. The towpath is great for walking and cycling, and along the way you can spot the award-winning artworks by local artists.

Beyond Coventry, the canal is very rural, and home to diverse wildlife - the observant may spot kingfishers, white-clawed crayfish, dragonflies and herons...even the odd otter or water vole.

Cyclists may join the route at a point just west of the junction of Leicester Causeway and Stoney Stanton Road (the B4109), about a mile north-east of the City Centre. From here, the ride runs northwards to the wonderful Conservation Area at Hawkesbury where the Coventry and Oxford Canals meet; an excellent place to stop, eat and drink.

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Towpath Code

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

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Coventry Canal towpath forms a hidden green corridor through the city which is useful for commuting and ideal for family cycling, or for anyone wanting to escape the city without really having to leave.

4 miles