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Joanne, Tamworth to Polesworth

A favourite of mine, this route is an easy family friendly route that takes in the lovely countryside out of Tamworth and into Polesworth, Warwickshire.

Coventry Canal, Armington courtesy Joanne Rollason Coventry Canal, Armington courtesy Joanne Rollason

Route: Tamworth to Polesworth via Pooley Park Nature Reserve and park 

Distance: 5 miles one way / 10 miles return

This route is suitable for children.

Join the Coventry Canal at either of the following locations – Fazeley, Kettlebrook Road, Glascote Locks, Glascote Road or Amington Road.

Continue along the towpath passing the Gate Inn at Amington, stop off here for a drink or food, there is a park for the children and outdoor seating overlooking the canal.

Gate Inn Pub Armington Gate Inn Pub Armington

Carry on and you'll arrive at Alvecote Marina, the Samuel Barlow pub does lovely meals and has an outdoor area for drinks overlooking the marina. 

Alvecote marina, Coventry Canal Alvecote marina, Coventry Canal

As you leave Alvecote you will go under bridge. Either stay on the canal or bear left and join the cycle path that takes you through the lovely Pooley Park Nature reserve, there are lots of different routes through here.

Pooley Nature Reserve, Coventry Canal

Pooley Park near the Coventry Canal

Pooley Nature reserve cycle paths

You will meander through the forest passing by a lake, if you carry on into Pooley Park there is a café and a playground for the children or for those feeling very energetic you can ride straight up to the top of Pooley Mound and descend back down the track or attempt the Red or Black graded purpose built mountain bike trails that take you down through the woods, the Black trails are not for the feint hearted and include gap jumps and table tops.

Joanne cycling along Coventry Canal

Rejoining the canal here takes you into Polesworth where you can pop into the town, there are a number of pubs, cafes and shops if you need refreshments.

Towpath into Polesworth Towpath into Polesworth
Polesworth on the Coventry Canal Polesworth on the Coventry Canal

Overall, this ride is family friendly, safe, not too many gates, very green and with a good quality towpath.