Coventry Canal, Coventry

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover | Canal Walks -

Best for: Art The five and a half miles from Hawkes­bury Junc­tion, where the Coventry Canal links with the Ox­ford Canal, to the city’s canal basin has been made into an ex­tended art gallery. The canal was a pros­per­ous and busy wa­ter­way mainly used for mov­ing coal as the fuel of the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion and the Art Trail has 27 works, draw­ing mainly on canal and in­dus­trial themes. Works in­clude in­ter­pre­ta­tions of lock gates, a statue of James Brind­ley, the famed 18th-cen­tury canal en­gi­neer (though he was dis­missed from the Coventry Canal project for lack of at­ten­dance), and cel­e­bra­tions of lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing like Daim­ler ve­hi­cles, Bri­tain’s first pro­duc­tion car. It’s not ru­ral pretty but this walk shows how the canals brought the coun­try­side into the city and car­ried the ur­ban out into the agri­cul­tural lands, cre­at­ing an in­ter­change be­tween the two worlds.

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