Did you over indulge a little over the festive period? Don’t worry if you did, it’s what Christmas and the New Year is all about.

However, if you do fancy burning off some of that excess seasonal podge then a walk throughout the breathtaking Coventry and Warwickshire countryside is a must. From 5 mile early morning treks beside the water, to lengthy hikes across the county, there’s a route for everyone. So put on your walking boots, get your map at the ready and let’s see what Coventry and Warwickshire has to offer.

Stroll through Coombe Abbey’s grounds

Whether you stayed in one of our rooms, or you’re in the mood for a gentle walk, the Coombe Abbey park is a beautiful place to blow away the cobwebs. From strolling past the impressive lake that’s full of beautiful swans and ducks, to meandering through the forested areas, there’s so much to explore. And once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can look forward to relaxing in our Garden Room Restaurant for Afternoon Tea.

Go for a jaunt around Draycote

Located between the Warwickshire towns of Rugby and Southam, Draycote is a local reservoir that provides walkers with a scenic 5 mile trek around the lake. Surrounded by local farms, including one for alpacas, it’s also a great place for wildlife spotting, from bird watching to fishing.  Not only that, but if you’re into watersports, there are also plenty of opportunities to get onto the water, whether that’s on a boat or on a windsurfing board – take your pick!

Burn off Christmas on the Avon

If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge, the Avon Valley footpath is a 10 mile route that takes you from the historic Stratford-upon-Avon to the wonderfully quaint hamlet of Marcliff. During the walk, you’ll pass by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which overlooks the River Avon, as well as the village of Welford-on-Avon and its charming thatched cottages. There are also a few pubs en-route, so you can always make a pit stop or two.

Walk local

Image source – War Memorial Park

If you don’t fancy straying too far from Coombe Abbey, then why not pay a visit to Coventry’s War Memorial Park. From golf, to football and even a weekend parkrun, there’s always something going on at the park. And with a distance of just 3 miles around the park, it makes for the perfect place to enjoy a morning or early afternoon walk. We’d recommend stopping by in the spring, as the trees are full of dusty pink blossom – lovely!

Feeling inspired to get out into the fresh, January air? Well we hope you’ll be trying out one of the above routes, either now or in the future. And remember, when you do be sure to stop by Coombe Abbey for a bit of relaxation and good food.