The Coventry Canal survived the severe bombing of the city during the blitz, but after the war was in danger of being built over. It was saved by local volunteers.
The Coventry Canal Society led the campaign to put the canal back at the heart of Coventry. The restored Coventry Canal Basin is now home to shops, small businesses and an art gallery, as well as a colourful collection of narrowboats.
Beyond Coventry, the canal is very rural, and home to diverse wildlife. At its other end, the Coventry Canal joins the Trent & Mersey Canal at picturesque Fradley Junction. Here, information boards tell the story of the canal, and a there is a nature reserve where you can go pond-dipping and bird watching.