Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 83

July 2017| 83 Coventry City Centre to Meriden Starting from the steps of the Cathedral, head out with the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery on the left and turn left down St Mary Street, and then left onto Earl Street. Turn right onto Much ark Street and turn left at the end. Take the second exit at the roundabout by the police station and follow the road to the next roundabout, also taking the second exit. Just after this roundabout is a zebra crossing, at which point you should turn left onto the pavement and join onto the cycle path immediately ahead. This path goes past a statue of ames Starley, regarded as a fundamental pioneer of the bicycle industry in Coventry, and dips beneath the ring road. Turn right ust out of the underpass and up the slope past Queens Road Baptist Church, and join onto Queens oad. This takes a sharp left turn by the tall amada Hotel, after which, turn right down Brunswick Road, going left at the end of that onto Albany Road. Just after the railway bridge, go right up Broomfield oad, following it to the end where you will see Hearsall Common, a large expanse of grass. Turn right, head towards the traffic lights and join the cycle path on the left on the B4101 earsall ane. Take the second exit at the roundabout onto Broad Lane, and follow it for roughly 2.5 miles before turning right onto Back Lane. At the end of Back ane, turn right onto Berkswell oad and finally take a left at the end to go into Meriden. The ancient wayside cross marking the traditional centre of England and the cyclist’s memorial stand opposite each other on the small village green. urther afield from Coventry lies Warwick and oyal Leamington Spa, both reachable within the hour at a steady pace. They are best reached via the A Kenilworth Road (which has a segregated cycleway if you so choose), which from Coventry City Centre will take you past War Memorial Park, a large popular area just to the