Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Coventry Canal Greenway

Took the bike in the car on my third visit to Frau Honorarkonsulin in Coventry within the last 18 months or so (for yet another "Unterschriftenbeglaubigungssession", but that's just by the by), with a view to "trying" the Coventry Canal Greenway from Coventry Canal Basin to Hawkesbury Junction, which I had been meaning to do for some time.

As expected, the ride along this "green, industrial heritage and public art waterside oasis" was a very pleasant, and indeed satisfying experience – beats being stuck in a gym any day. One should do it more often.

James Brindley statue at Coventry Canal Basin
2016 sees the 300th anniversary of the birth of the canal builder and engineer, James Brindley, often referred to as the 'father of English canals'. Further information re the Brindley 300 celebrations on the IWA website.

On a practical note, I was pleasantly surprised that all the relatively numerous gates on the towpath were open (see example in photo below), with the result that one didn't have to constantly dismount to squeeze through these irritating anti-motorbike structures.