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Walks around Coventry reveal one of the great urban powerhouses of the Midlands, a city that’s full of culture, history and rewards walkers with plenty of picturesque greenspaces. Said to be the city that’s closest to the very centre of England, it’s fitting that Coventry offers classic English experiences.


From tranquil strolls along scenic river valleys and ambles along a canal that was one of the arteries of the Industrial Revolution, to traditional landscaped gardens and powerful reminders of the nation’s wartime sacrifices, Coventry is a quintessential English city. It’s a place where old and new architecture stand side by side and it’s a cosmopolitan city where you can sample flavours from around the world.


Hiking around Coventry is an absolute delight, thanks to its greenspaces, which are many and varied in character. Its rivers and waterways are ideal threads to follow, as you explore the city’s wildlife-rich nature reserves and glorious parkland.


Top 20 best walks and hikes around Coventry

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    Intermediate
    04:44
    11.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:24
    8.18 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:15
    7.75 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:10
    7.52 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:54
    4.46 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:54
    6.89 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:44
    4.14 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:54
    4.58 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:26
    13.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:32
    3.60 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:05
    4.98 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:02
    12.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:55
    7.08 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    00:52
    2.09 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:10
    5.22 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:24
    3.34 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Easy
    01:31
    3.66 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:45
    6.67 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:49
    4.34 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:01
    4.83 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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A modern city centre


Walks around Coventry’s bustling city centre are a treat for the senses, where culture vultures, art lovers and foodies are well served. The city was heavily bombed during the Blitz, with the city centre suffering severely. After a long process of rebuilding, today classic and modern architecture combine beautifully. 


Nowhere is this more evident than at Coventry’s famous New Cathedral, the city’s most famous landmark. When the dust settled following a devastating bombing raid on 14th November 1940, all that was left of the old cathedral was its spire and shell. Today, these remains stand proud in the open air and join on to the glorious New Cathedral, a symbol of hope and peace in the heart of the city. 


Exploring the city’s parks


While the cathedral is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices the city made during the Second World War, Coventry’s beautiful War Memorial Park is a moving tribute to those who passed away during the First World War. Situated to the south of the city centre, this 120-acre (49 ha) greenspace is centred around an impressive, 90-foot (27 m) monument and contains large areas of open parkland.


Some of the best hiking routes around Coventry can be found to the west of the city, at Coombe Country Park. Built on the grounds of a former Cistercian abbey, the parkland here was designed by the famous Capability Brown. Its 500 acres (202 ha) are home to a lovely lake, forested areas and picturesque gardens.


On the banks of the Sherbourne and the Sowe


There are a number of pleasant riverside hikes around Coventry. The River Sherbourne flows through the heart of the city, while the River Sowe meanders along its eastern edge. Both offer splendid, easygoing walks, where you can discover yet more parkland and nature reserves. Another option for a peaceful amble right from the city centre is the Coventry Canal which, like many in the Midlands, was designed by the great engineer James Brindley during the 18th century.


The Sowe Valley Footpath is a pleasure to follow and can take you to Wyken Slough Local Nature Reserve’s wetlands and grasslands, which are a treat for birders. Also along the Sowe is the Stoke Floods Nature Reserve and its central lake, an important site for overwintering birds.


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