The Lias Line

Route Details

  • From - To: Rugby, Leamington Spa and Warwick
  • Type: Mainly traffic-free
  • Distance: 23 miles
  • Access: Warwick and Leamington Spa Railway Stations
  • Surface: Tarmac or fine gravel paths
  • National Cycle Network: Route 4

Route Description

This attractive route links Rugby and Leamington Spa passing pretty villages, wildlife reserves, reservoirs and canals. From the centre of Rugby, the route follows the Great Central Way, and soon passes two Wildlife Trust Sites: Ashlawn Cutting and Cock Robin Wood. On reaching Draycote Water a five mile path runs all the way around the perimeter of this reservoir. Enjoy a picnic here, and look out for rare migrating birds in winter.

From here, you pass Draycote Meadows nature reserve, a riot of wild flowers in late spring and early summer, and the beautiful village of Birdingbury.

Coming in to Leamington Spa, the route winds its way past the leisure facilities at Newbold Comyn before joining the Grand Union Canal and passing the Leam Valley Wildlife site.

In both Warwick and Leaminton Spa, the route takes you right past the station, meaning the return journey can be made by train. Lock up bikes at the station in Warwick and take a stroll through Priory Park to its historic centre - then you are only moments from Warwick Castle.

Download a map leaflet and ride description sheet.

Local attractions:

This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway

A greenway is a corridor of undeveloped land, reserved for recreational use and environmental conservation.

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Latitude: 
52.327258952504906
Longitude: 
-1.4145393098632386
Zoom level: 
12
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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

This attractive route links Rugby and Leamington Spa passing pretty villages, wildlife reserves, reservoirs and canals. From the centre of Rugby, the route follows the Great Central Way, and soon passes two Wildlife Trust Sites: Ashlawn Cutting and Cock Robin Wood.

Length: 
23 miles