Tamworth to Alvecote Walk along the Coventry Canal

I started my walk by joining the Coventry Canal at Kettlebrook, Tamworth, which is just over a mile from my house. On looking at the map later, I could have walked part way up the Glascote Road and joined the canal further up towards Alvecote.

I had worked out from the map that it was approximately four miles and that proved to be accurate. The Canal took me through Glascote and Amington and then on to the Marina at Alvecote. We have driven this route a lot, however I have never walked along this stretch of the canal.

Alvecote Marina, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire

Alvecote Marina, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire

Walking along the canal is a more direct route than we have taken previously and it has shown me parts of the town that I have not previously seen, and from a different perspective.

We have frequently started our walks from Alvecote and walked the other way to Polesworth, as it is the start of Pooley Nature Reserve, but I had never previously been into Alvecote Marina itself and never walked in the direction from which I had come.

Usual Walking Direction from Alvecote into Pooley Nature Reserve

Usual Walking Direction from Alvecote into Pooley Nature Reserve

I had my cup of tea at the ruins of the old Alvecote Priory, which was a Benedictine Monastery dating back to the 12th century.

Alvecote Priory, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire

Alvecote Priory, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire

It was very quiet and peaceful there and I could have stayed there all day.

I walked back to Tamworth the same way I had come. In total it was 8 miles, although Endomondo stopped working on the way back, so the walk was split over two records.

Amanda

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