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Coventry’s beautiful green spaces

Published: Thursday, 14 January 2021

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Nature is all around us. Even in cities where nature can be harder to find, Coventry is home to some fantastic community gardens or courtyards and parks.

Taking some quiet time to reflect in natural surroundings using all your senses can be a real boost to your mental health. Why not wrap up and take advantage of the change of season by visiting some of Coventry’s finest green spaces and parks?

Visiting nearby open spaces can do wonders for your mental health and physical wellbeing. Even taking a short stroll during the day can lead to reduced stress and increased self-esteem. With that in mind, we have put together just a few of Coventry’s beautiful green spaces that are still open to local residents during the national lockdown.

Caludon Castle Park

Located three miles to the east of Coventry city centre, Caludon Castle Park contains two ancient monuments, including the remains of Caludon Castle ruins. In addition to the expanse of green space, the park facilities include a children's play area suitable for younger children, a multi-use games area and walking or jogging trails. Although smaller in size than other area parks, it offers a valued green space experience for local residents.

Lady Herbert's Garden

Enjoy a coffee-to-go as you take a light stroll through the tranquil Lady Herbert's Garden. Situated in the heart of Coventry's city centre, this garden was named as a memorial to Alfred Herbert's second wife Florence. Despite being one of the smaller green spaces within the city, Lady Herbert’s Garden was built around several sections of the remains of Coventry city walls and is filled with 80 years of rich history and culture.

Coventry Canal Basin

If you’re looking for a fun, family walk, Coventry Canal Basin is the place to go. Rescued from dereliction, Coventry Canal Basin is a great place to explore Coventry’s canal heritage, spot local wildlife on the water and have an on-the-go bite to eat from one of the local cafés.

On your visit to the basin itself, you'll find a bronze statue of the famous 18th-century canal engineer James Brindley, one of 15 artworks commissioned from local artists for the Canal Art Trail, which extends from the Basin to Hawkesbury Junction.

Allesley Park

Enjoy Allesley Park’s picturesque outdoor space, rolling landscape and established trees. Popular amongst dog walkers, visitors can marvel at the unspoilt expanse of greenery while walking around the park on tarmacked footpaths. One of Allesley Park’s unique attractions is their enchanting Fairy Village. Tiny hand-painted doors appear on trees accompanied by little stepladders and plant pots making it a brilliant place to explore with little ones.

Ryton Pools Country Park

The 100 acres of Ryton Pools Country Park are just waiting to be explored. Containing two play parks, vast wildlife and a Pirate themed walk, Ryton Pools Country park will keep the whole family happy. The surfaced paths enable easy walking and are pushchair accessible.

Get creative in the Children’s Wood, an area of woodland within the park set aside for den building. A wealth of building materials in the form of cut branches are put there by rangers to allow younger visitors to enjoy taking part in this exciting activity.

War Memorial Park

Engage with the nature around you by taking part in the War Memorial Park’s Winter Walks festival. Known for attracting over 400,000 visitors a year, the War Memorial park is one of Coventry’s premier parks. Get kids interested in the wonders of nature by downloading their Winter Walk Scavenger Hunt activity sheet, containing three colour-coded walks and pictures on what to look out for while you enjoy the beautiful grounds all through the winter. The two cafes in the park run by Conroy's Coffee Shop remain open for takeaway services.

Coombe Abbey Park

For a family day out or a quiet walk in the winter sun, visit Coombe Abbey Park. It offers 500 acres of beautiful gardens, woodlands and lakeside walks. Their bird hides are the perfect space to spot birds such as the Grey Heron, Kingfisher and Mute Swans. The diverse "Capability" Brown designed landscape makes it ideal for everyone, from families to wildlife enthusiasts. Coombe Abbey ‘Café in the park’ is also open for takeaway drinks and ice-cream.

There is so much to see and do in Coventry that we haven’t listed here. Take a look to see what else the UK City of Culture 2021 has to offer. 

For more information on top tips on connecting with nature to improve your mental health, please visit the Mental Health Foundation Website