Embrace spring with a countryside walk in Coventry and Warwickshire. Whether you’re looking for a walk by water, taking in local heritage sites or you want to spot wildlife on the way, our beautiful region is filled with so much to see. What could be better than rewarding yourself with a well-earned drink, and perhaps a heartening meal in a cosy pub at the end?
We’ve picked some of our favourite countryside walks in Coventry and Warwickshire for you to enjoy so all you have to do is grab your walking shoes and pick your favourite route…and favourite pub!
The picturesque Warwickshire village of Dunchurch is filled with history, notably its association with the gunpowder plot, as the conspirators retreated there to wait at a local inn called The Red Lion (now a private residence called Guy Fawkes House) for news. The village today has a lovely atmosphere…stroll through and you’ll see so many timeless buildings.
When it comes to walks, look to nearby Draycote Water a reservoir and Country Park. With a five mile circular around it, Draycote Water has a natural, calming beauty, and with plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife as well as a children’s play area within the Country Park if you’re walking with little ones and want to take a break on the way, this is a great place for a stroll.
Let your feet guide you to The Dun Cow, an atmospheric country inn, full of rural charm and a menu filled with delicious, seasonal pub food… the perfect reward for that hearty walk!
With so many walks leading to this friendly, family run pub, you’ll be spoilt for choice on which one to pick! If you’re walking with young children or simply fancy a very relaxed countryside walk, head to Ufton Fields Nature Reserve. It’s only half a mile away and, as a 100-acre site (managed by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust) there’s so much to see! The all-weather footpath gives access to an abundance of birds and wild flowers as well as 28 species of butterflies and 15 types of dragonfly.
For longer walks, take on the two Blue Lias circular rambles, which are both 5.5 miles long. Take in the beautiful scenery and end up at The White Hart Inn where you can soak up even more stunning views of the Warwickshire countryside before retreating inside for a tasty range of food created from locally sourced ingredients.
Looking for even longer walks? Try the 6.5 mile Offchurch Circular which starts at The Stag pub and includes part of The Millennium Way, a beautiful 100 mile trail that spans three counties, before circling back to Offchurch and following a section of the River Leam along the way. On your return to The Stag, treat yourself to a drink and a delicious meal from the menu that includes locally sourced steaks, homemade soups, moreish desserts and a vegan menu.
After a walk around the acres of countryside around Coombe Abbey Hotel and Coombe Abbey Park, why not unwind in our Garden Bar? Surrounded by views of Warwickshire’s stunning landscape, our Garden Room Bar is the perfect place to sit back and relax after your walk. Stop by for freshly-roasted coffee and loose-leaf tea, or nibble on tasty snacks from our bar menu, and indulge in the ambient atmosphere and comfortable setting.
There’s also our Pub in the Park, serving tasty, wholesome food, a range of drinks and with two large projector screens for major sporting events, this is the perfect place to hire out for private events following a refreshing walk.
We hope our pick of countryside walks in Coventry and Warwickshire has inspired you to take a stroll! Walking is so beneficial to the mind and body, and with our suggestions, you can treat yourself to a nice cold drink and food at the end of it!
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