COVENTRY AND RETURN FROM RUGBY
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Cruise to the city of Coventry. The old Coventry Cathedral was destroyed during World War 2, but the new cathedral was completed in 1962, and is worth a visit.
The Museum of British Transport is south of the canal basin, and claims to be the largest collection of British made transport in the world, with over 200 cars, 90 motorbikes, and 230 cycles, also period street scenes, royal vehicles and the awesome Thrust SSC -the world land-speed record holder.
Turning left out of the marina, you head North, and soon you will encounter the short Newbold Tunnel. Newbold Quarry Park is beside the canal, it is a local nature reserve, there are wildflowers, butterflies & birds and muntjac deer.
The canal continues on this lock-free stretch with no villages to speak off, until you reach Brinklow which is about a mile off to your left by Stretton Stop, where you can moor up for the night.
It will take about 2.25 hours to reach here from the marina.
There are 3 pubs in Brinklow which can be accessed from the road to your left just before Stretton Wharf. There are stores & a takeaway as well.
The canal continues north-west through quiet farmland only briefly interrupted by the motorway which is soon left behind for the moment. There are lovely elegant iron bridges along the canal.
Soon the first signs of Coventry appear, sharp bends in the canal lead to the stop lock before Hawkesbury Junction which is the end of the Oxford canal before it joins the Coventry canal. The lock has very little difference in-depth, so takes very little time to fill up or empty!
There is a lovely cast iron bridge after the lock, and to your left is a very attractive disused engine house. The steam engine used in the Engine house was installed in 1821, having been previously used for nearly 100 years at a colliery. The atmospheric steam engine is now housed in Dartmouth Museum. There is also a nice pub canalside- the Greyhound, decorated with canal memorabilia.
You will be turning sharp left onto the Coventry canal towards the city.
Just beyond bridge 2 before are 'Cash's Hundred Houses', an elegant row of weavers houses. The weavers slept on the 1st 2 floors, and the looms occupied the top floor. Only 37 of the houses remain.
The end of the Canal at Coventry basin is very interesting on the side of a hill, overlooked by attractive wooden canal warehouses. The Old weighbridge office is now a shop and information centre. The basin is home to shops, small businesses and an art gallery and has a welcoming community of boaters. A canalside walk is ideal for spotting wildlife.
A footbridge over the ring road gives access from the basin to the town centre, with shopping, eating and drinking possibilities. Coventry Art Gallery, the Museum of British Road Transport and Sir Basil Spence's remarkable Coventry Cathedral are also nearby.
The Basin features a bronze statue of the famous 18th-century canal engineer James Brindley - one of fifteen artworks commissioned from local artists for the Canal Art Trail which extends from the Basin to Hawkesbury Junction.
The old Coventry Cathedral was destroyed during World War 2, but the new cathedral was completed in 1962 and is worth a visit.
The Museum of British Transport is south of the canal basin and claims to be the largest collection of British made transport in the world, with over 200 cars, 90 motorbikes, and 230 cycles, also period street scenes, royal vehicles and the awesome Thrust SSC -the world land-speed record holder.
It is 6.25 cruising hours to here & you can moor up for the night
The cruise back to Rugby will take about 8.5 hours
NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.
Maps and Guides
Pubs available on this canal route:-
|Pub Name||Pub Address||Distance from Rugby||More Info|
|The Alexandra Arms||James Street, Rugby CV||Full Details|
|The Old Windmill||22 Spon Street, Coventry CV||Full Details|
|The White Lion Inn||Broad Street, Brinklow CV23 OLN||Full Details|
|Whitefriars Olde Ale House||White Friars Lane, Coventry CV||Full Details|
|The Golden Lion||Main Street, Easenhall, Rugby CV23 OJA||Full Details|
|Rupert Brooke||8 Castle Street, Rugby CV21 2TP||1.27 Miles||Full Details|
|The Barley Mow||Main Street, Newbold, Rugby CV21 1HW||1.44 Miles||Full Details|
|The Bell And The Barge||Brownsover Road, Rugby CV21 1HL||1.22 Miles||Full Details|
|The Lawrence Sheriff||28 High Street, Rugby CV21 3BW||1.44 Miles||Full Details|
|The Raglan Arms||50 Dunchurch Road, Rugby CV22 6AD||1.62 Miles||Full Details|
|The Merchants Inn||5 Little Church Street, Rugby CV21 3AW||1.42 Miles||Full Details|
|The Old Royal Oak||Crick Road, Rugby CV21 4PW||3.15 Miles||Full Details|
|The Bulls Head||Coventry Road, Brinklow CV23 0NE||5.11 Miles||Full Details|
|The Painted Lady||Longfellow Road, Wyken CV2 5HN||9.23 Miles||Full Details|
|The Boat Inn||Blackhorse Road, Coventry CV6 6DL||10.66 Miles||Full Details|
|The Greyhound Inn||Sutton Stop, Longford, Coventry CV6 6DF||10.40 Miles||Full Details|
|The Longford Engine||Bedworth Road, Longford, Coventry CV6 6BP||10.90 Miles||Full Details|
|The Flying Standard||Trinity Street, Coventry CV1 1FL||11.08 Miles||Full Details|
|The Squirrel||Greyfriars Lane, Coventry CV1 2GY||11.10 Miles||Full Details|
|The Town Wall||Bond Street, Coventry CV1 4AH||11.33 Miles||Full Details|
NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.