Coventry’s 5 Best Cycle Routes

Cycling can be a great way to stay active and do your part to help the environment.

Coventry has several cycle paths which are also traffic-free, so you can take the family for a fun day cycling through the city without worrying about cars and motorists on the road.

You can even cycle to work and leisure places thanks to the new and improved cycle paths that have recently been built.

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We’ve compiled a list of the most scenic and family-friendly cycling routes for you and your family – plus advanced options for experienced cyclists.

Coventry Canal

Coventry Canal Basin

Take a leisurely stroll down the Coventry Canal for a great day out with the family.

There are four key stops along the route, starting at Coventry Canal Basin, Electric Wharf, The Arena and ending at Hawkesbury Junction as the final stop.

The route is 5.5 miles long and takes approximately 33 minutes.

There are several restaurants and recreational spots to stop along the way, including Arena Park Shopping Center and Gallagher Retail Park.

Walk in the Sowe Valley

Wyken Slough Nature Reserve on Aldermans Green Road, Coventry
Wyken Slough Nature Reserve on Aldermans Green Road, Coventry

For those who want a quiet ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the one for you.

Soak up the forest and peaceful landscapes on this scenic cycle route through Wyken Croft Nature Park.

This newly renovated cycle route follows a traffic-free path through the nature park and continues to Wyken Slough Pool.

There are no cafes or restaurants along the cycle path, so bringing a drink or snack is recommended.

There are a few quiet roads near the start and finish along the cycle path, but most of the route is on traffic-free cycle paths.

The route is 5.7 miles long and takes approximately 36 minutes.

Riders will begin the journey from the Moat House Leisure & Neighborhood Center car park, Winston Avenue.

Maddys Sandwich Shop and Aldermans Green Fish Bar are located near the end of the route for those wishing to treat themselves to a well earned lunch at the end of the cycle trip.

Coombe Abbey and surrounding countryside

Coombe National Park
Coombe National Park

This trip is for more intermediate cyclists who want to take part in a longer cycling trip through country roads and historic villages in a sightseeing route.

The route starts from Coombe Abbey Nature Park and follows a circular route away from the industrial heartland of the Midlands towards rural surroundings and villages.

Riders will ride on quiet country roads and pass through historic country villages and scenic countryside, passing Brinklow Castle and Fishpond Community Park.

The route is 20 miles long and takes just under 2 hours, with plenty of restaurants and pubs along the way.

For more information on the trip, click here.

Kenilworth Greenway

Kenilworth Greenway
Kenilworth Greenway

It is a beautiful circular cycle route with leafy suburbs, winding country roads and peaceful cycle paths that is part of a national network of cycle and walking routes.

The course extends over 7 miles.

Start location is Xcel Leisure Centre, down Charter Avenue, past Park Wood, continuing to Burton Green.

Just before Burton Green you will join National Cycle Route 52, also known as the Kenilworth Greenway Project.

The circular route ends at the Xcel Leisure Center with a variety of refreshments and restaurants to choose from.

For more information on the trip, click here.

Ryton Pools National Park

Ryton Pools Country Park is close to Leamington and Warwick
Ryton Pools Country Park is close to Leamington and Warwick

There are two cycle routes for beginners and advanced riders.

The first route is intended for cyclists who want a leisurely ride through the park and is also suitable for families.

There are several kilometers of paved trails around the site for cyclists.

However, cyclists should be aware and exercise caution for other park users.

Ryton Pools also offers bike rentals for those without bikes.

For those looking to take their biking to the next level, there is a 16-mile mountain bike trail from Ryton Pools Country Park.

Riders will use public roads and bridleways, so the surface can be rough and muddy.

For more information on the course, click here.

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