Step-up Rides

These are a selection of rides to encourage new and returning cyclists to get out and enjoy riding , and to gradually build up the distances they can do, and increase the enjoyment of riding in a safe environment. They are grouped according to your location within our area –

          • Coventry
          • Kenilworth
          • Warwick & Leamington
          • Southam

 

Rides based in and around Coventry

Start Point Distance Route
Coundon

Nugget Pub

4 miles Coundon to Coundon Wedge

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1479601?units=miles

The starting point, The Nugget pub, will soon be well connected to the city centre via the Coundon Cycleway (currently under construction).
This short route will take you along quiet lanes of Coundon Wedge and challenge your legs on a couple of hills (follow it in anti clockwise direction for easier accents !!). Take a few stops along the way to look at horses, beautiful old trees, a pond and some stunning views. 
Advice: Dismount your bike and take care when crossing the busy Coundon Wedge Drive, especially near the roundabout (use pedestrian crossing). Stay on the well indicated green Cycling lane on Holyhead Road.
We always strongly recommend that you wear a cycling helmet. 
Coundon

Nugget Pub

10 miles Coundon to Corley Moor

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1479607?units=miles

The starting point, The Nugget pub, will soon be well connected to the city centre via the Coundon Cycleway (currently under construction).
This route may surprise you how quickly you can get out of the city into beautiful countryside.
The route will give your legs a good work out on the way up to Corley Moor. Once there, you can take a well deserved break with some refreshments at either The Bull and Butcher or The Red Lion pub (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). Enjoy the non-stop downhill on your way back to Allesley. The Elkin Wood is one of the best places to enjoy the Blue Bells in May. 
Advice: Dismount your bike and take care when crossing the busy Coundon Wedge Drive, especially near a roundabout (use pedestrian crossing). Stay on well the indicated green Cycling lane on Holyhead Road.
We always strongly recommend to wear a cycling helmet. 
City Centre

Transport Museum

10 miles Transport Museum to Warwick University

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8202681/#11.88/52.39194/-1.53738

· The junctions of Fairfax St. / Cox Street, and Cox Street / Jordon Well have no specific right of way. Take Care. · Give way to pedestrians while crossing the Ring Road at Parkside, within the War Memorial Park, within Warwick University campus, Shultern Lane, and after the Railway Station.· Ensure the Kenilworth Road is crossed using the Toucan Crosssing.

· Within Warwick University there are numerous sculptures, and the route suggested below is suggested to see a sample of the best. C:\Users\User\Documents\CTC\100 DOCS\sculpture_map_a4.pdf

    • Stainless Steel : item 16
    • White Koan : item 11
    • Black Basalt Stones : Item 12
    • Days of Judgement (cat figure) : Item 7
    • Let’s be Stupid : Item 8
    • The Good Bad and Ugly : Steel dinosaurs to the left of the path to the Sports Hub. See info. Board
City Centre

Transport Museum

8 miles Transport Museum to the Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8202718/?created=1#12.4/52.39144/-1.49849

The junctions of Fairfax St. / Cox Street, and Cox Street / Jordon Well have no specific right of way. Take Care

· Use Courtleet Rd and Frankpledge Rd to avoid a right turn on Daventry Road.

· Take care turning right after going under the A46 in Mill Hill because illumination under the bridge is poor

· Give way to pedestrians on the shared path between Mill Hill and Leaf Lane, and also between Station Square and Warwick Road.

City Centre

Transport Museum

15 miles Transport Museum to Kenilworth

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8202737/#11.51/52.3769/-1.5473

 

Rides based in and around Kenilworth

 

Rides based in and around Warwick & Leamington

 

 Start Point  Distance  Route
Heathcote Lane, Whitnash 4.5 miles Route 1 – Heathcote Lane, Whitnash to St. Mary’s Lands / Racecourse, Warwick via St. Nicholas Park

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8380560/#12.73/52.27864/-1.56468

Tachbrook Road, Harrison Way/Juno Drive, Queensway cycle path, controlled crossing at Aldi, McDonalds/The Waterside, Cycle path to Myton Road, Charter Bridge, St. Nicholas Park, Broad Street, (Coventry Road crossing), trackside cycle path to The Packmores, Newburgh Crescent, Cape Road, The Saltisford Common, Ansell Road, Warwick Racecourse

Chesterton Windmill, Plough Lane /Windmill Hill Lane

 

5 miles Route 2 – Chesterton Windmill to Heathcote Road, Whitnash via Harbury and a trackside cycle path

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8380630/#12.74/52.25012/-1.49242

Plough Lane, Temple End, Harbury, Farm Street, Middle Road, (Fosse Way crossing), trackside Bridleway cycle path, Golf Lane, Whitnash Road

St. Mary’s Lands / Warwick Racecourse, Warwick. 5.5 miles Route 3 – St. Mary’s Lands / Warwick Racecourse, Warwick to Oakley Woods via Barford and Wasperton Lane

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8380688/#15.69/52.270734/-1.601839

Warwick Racecourse, Hampton Road, cycle path to Shelley Avenue, Stratford Road, Longbridge M40 cycle path, Bridge Street, Barford, Wasperton Lane, Oakley Woods

Newbold Comyn, Leamington Spa 6.3 miles Route 4 – Newbold Comyn, Leamington Spa to The Green, Long Itchington via the Greenway and Stonebridge Lane

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8381490/#11.72/52.2855/-1.4556

NCN Route 41 Cycle Path, Radford Road crossing point, Canal towpath, Offchurch Greenway (disused railway line), Offchurch Lane, Fosse Way crossing, Stonebridge Lane, Long Itchington, Church Road, (The Green / Duck Pond)

Jephson Gardens / Newbold Terrace, Leamington 6.5 miles Route 5 – Newbold Terrace, Leamington to Hill Top Farm, Hunningham via Offchurch Greenway

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8381526/#11.39/52.3084/-1.4573

NCN Route 41 Cycle Path, Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, Radford Road crossing, Canal towpath, disused railway line, Welsh Road, Offchurch, Hunningham Road, Hunningham, Hunningham Hill, Fosse Way junction, Hill Top Farm Garden Centre

Old Milverton Road, Milverton 6.5 miles Route 6 – Milverton to Charles Street, Warwick via Blackdown and Hill Wootton

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8381585/#13.32/52.30473/-1.55703

Old Milverton Road, (Blackdown Nuffield RAB), Stoneleigh Road, Sandy Lane, Blackdown, Kenilworth Road, Blackdown Mill, Hill Wootton, Leek Wootton, Warwick Road, Coventry Road, (Woodloes RAB), Montague Road, Charles Street

Priory Park / Cape Rd, Warwick 8 miles Route 7 – Cape Road, Warwick to Snitterfield via Hampton Magna, Norton Lindsey and Wolverton

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8381649/#11.89/52.26281/-1.64404

Cape Road, St. Michael’s Road, Birmingham Road, cycle path to Old Budbrooke Road, Warwick Parkway, Hampton Magna, Hampton on the Hill, Old School Lane, Henley Road, Warwick Road, Littleworth, Norton Lindsey, Wolverton Road, Wolverton, Snitterfield

Priory Park / Cape Rd, Warwick 9 miles Route 8 – Cape Road, Warwick to Snitterfield via Budbrooke, Norton Lindsey and Wolverton

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8381679/#11.89/52.26326/-1.64404

Cape Road, St. Michael’s Road, Birmingham Road, cycle path to Old Budbrooke Road, Warwick Parkway, Hampton Magna, Church Lane, Budbrooke, Woodway, Hampton on the Hill, Old School Lane, Henley Road, Warwick Road, Littleworth, Norton Lindsey, Wolverton Road, Wolverton, Snitterfield

Market Square, Warwick 9 miles Route 9 – Market Square, Warwick to Black Hill/Hatton Bank via Sherbourne and Hampton Lucy

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8381700/#12.1/52.2464/-1.62406

Market Street, Theatre Street, Linen Street, Racecourse, Hampton Road cycle path, Robins Grove, Purser Drive, Tapping Way, Stratford Road, Longbridge M40 cycle path, Sherbourne, Hampton Lucy, Stratford Road, Hatton Bank Lane

Brownley Green Lane, Hatton 9 miles Route 10 – Hatton to Preston Bagot via Shrewley Common and Lowsonford

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8381756/#11.82/52.30318/-1.69506

Brownley Green Lane, Haseley Mill, Firs Lane, Birmingham Road, Stoney Lane, Five Ways Road, Shrewley Common, (M40 bridge), Back Lane, Narrow Lane, Lowsonford, Henley Road, Preston Bagot

Woodloes Estate, Warwick 10 miles Route 11 – Woodloes Estate, Leek Wootton, Rouncil Lane, Kites Nest and Wedgnock Lane

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8381884/#12.53/52.31291/-1.60869

Coventry Road cycle path, Leek Wootton, Woodcote Lane, Rouncil Lane, Beausale, Kites Nest Lane, Bridleway to Bulloak Farm, Wedgnock Lane, Cape Road, The Lower Cape, Lock Lane, cycle path to Greenway, Woodloes Avenue South

Barcheston Drive, Hatton Park 10 miles Route 12 – Ugly Bridge Road, Hatton Park to Brownley Green Lane, Hatton via Norton Curlieu and Haseley

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8381923/#12.57/52.29403/-1.64616

Ugly Bridge Road cycle path, (A4177 crossing), Ugly Bridge Road, Woodway, Hampton on the Hill, Old School Lane, Henley Road, Warwick Road, Littleworth, Norton Lindsey, Brittons Lane, Norton Curlieu, Hatton Country World, The Green, (Birmingham Road crossing), Haseley Mill, Waste Green, Beausale Lane, Brownley Green Lane

Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre,

Leamington Spa

10 miles Route 13 – Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, Leamington Spa to Draycote Water via Birdingbury

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8382009/#11.17/52.305/-1.4279

NCN Route 41 Cycle Path, Radford Road crossing, Canal towpath, Offchurch Greenway (disused railway line), Offchurch Lane, Fosse Way crossing, Stonebridge Lane, Snowford Hill, Shakers Lane, Birdingbury, Route 41 cycle path, Draycote Village,cycle path to Draycote Water

Warwick Parkway 10 miles Route 14 – Warwick Parkway to Aston Cantlow via Langley Green and Bearley Cross

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8382049/#10.99/52.2548/-1.693

Old Budbrooke Road, Hampton on the Hill, Old School Lane, Henley Road, Warwick Road, Littleworth, Norton Lindsey, Langley Road, Langley Green, Bearley Cross, Salters Lane, Edstone Aqueduct, White House Hill, Aston Cantlow

Church Lane, Hampton Magna 10 miles Route 15 – Hampton Magna to Preston Bagot via Norton Curlieu, Pinley Green and Lowsonford

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8382080/#11.65/52.2883/-1.6878

Old Budbrooke Road, Hampton on the Hill, Old School Lane, Henley Road, Warwick Road, Littleworth, Norton Lindsey, Brittons Lane, Norton Curlieu, Dark Lane, Nunhold Grange, Pinley Green, High Cross Lane, Narrow Lane, Lowsonford, Henley Road, Preston Bagot

Ugly Bridge Road, Hatton Park 10.2 miles Route 16 – Hatton Park to Wilmcote via Norton Lindsey, Snitterfield and Pathlow

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8382175/#11.57/52.2601/-1.6934

Ugly Bridge Road cycle path, (A4177 crossing), Woodway, Hampton on the Hill, Old School Lane, Henley Road, Warwick Road, Littleworth, New Road, Norton Lindsey, Snitterfield Lane, Snitterfield, Bell Lane, School Road, The Green, Gospel Oak Lane, Pathlow, A3400 Birmingham Road, Featherbed Lane, Wilmcote

Offchurch Greenway car park, Offchurch Lane / Welsh Road) 10.5 miles Route 17 – Offchurch to Lighthorne via Bascote Heath, Harbury and Chesterton

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8382238/#11.8/52.24335/-1.46173

Welsh Road, Fosse Way crossing, Welsh Road, Bascote Heath, Harbury, Bush Heath Road, Kingston Manor Farm, Chesterton Church, Chesterton Green, Chesterton Wood, Lighthorne

Chase Meadow, Warwick 12 miles Route 18 – Warwick to Stratford upon Avon via Sherbourne, Charlecote, Wellesbourne Airfield and Loxley

https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/8382272/#11.76/52.219/-1.6521

Stratford Road, Longbridge M40 cycle path, Sherbourne, Hampton Lucy, Charlecote, Wellesbourne Airfield, NCN Route 41, Loxley, Loxley Road, Dale Avenue, Rushbrook Road, Kipling Road cycle path, (Shipston Road crossing), Park/Recreation Ground, The Old Tramway

 

Based in and around Southam 

Southam does not have a roads layout which makes it easy to plan out some easy and safe short rides. However nearby there are a few options if you can transport your bike to the start.

Start Point Distance Route and Map
Comments
Draycote Water.

Park at the Visitor Centre

5 miles Follow the tarmac route around the Reservoir.

Severn Trent guide to using Draycote Water

 

The Visitor Centre has toilets and a good cafe.

Please take care an observe the signs as the route is shared with pedestrians

Chesterton

Park at Chesterton Church, Chesterton Windmill, or south end of Bush Heath Lane

6 miles This description of the route starts at Chesterton Church and travels anti-clockwise.

https://cycle.travel/map/journey/208224

Chesterton Loop Route Directions

Chesterton Church and Chesterton Windmill are worth stopping for a look
Grandborough & Willoughby – choice of three rides from 5 miles to 10 miles

Park at Grandborough Church

 

 

5 miles https://cycle.travel/map/journey/208238 Almost completely flat
7 miles https://cycle.travel/map/journey/208239 Almost completely flat
10 miles https://cycle.travel/map/journey/208240 Slight rise from Willoughby